The Nitty Gritty
- No refunds within 48 hours of reservation.
- Price is for one person
- Redeem your reservation with your I.D.
Walking into Spice to Table, we know we've found some place special. The deep blue walls, the open doors, the airiness mixed with hominess- if the weather’s just right and the sun in the right part of the sky, it seems as though we've been transported to the seaside state of Kerala on the southwestern tip of India. And that’s just how Asha Gomez, owner of Spice to Table, wants it. The samosas, the lentil stew, the fried chicken, it all comes directly form the flavors and techniques from Kerala, and Chef Manoj Nair, who’s been concocting curries and spicing the spinach for a few months now, hails from the region as well. Though her food would have us believe otherwise, she’s quick to say she’s not a classically trained chef. Growing up in Kerala, she never had to say “I want to learn how to cook- someone please teach me.” As a woman in that region, it was a part of her daily life, and she enjoyed being in the kitchen from a young age. Asha’s menu comes from a rich heritage- the flavors are created according to a 5000 year old tradition, and she says they should be showcased as such. She says “not all ethnic food belongs on Buford Highway.” And the flavors aren’t dulled down either- every bite is more complex than the last, and you’ll be thinking about this meal long after the last plate has been cleared.
Asha’s road to Spice to Table in Atlanta began at a spa- that may sound improbable, but bear with us. Her luxury spa on the westside specialized in traditional Indian treatments that appealed to all the senses- including taste. So each treatment was followed by a meal. Get a facial then have a palate-pleasing Indian meal? Asha, take us away! As with a lot of luxury items, it was a casualty of the recession in 2008, but people still had her tantalizingly complex food on their minds. And with good reason, we might add. Asha started a supper club that snowballed into a full-blown phenomenon- which made way for the crown jewel of Indian food in Atlanta, Cardamom Hill. You may remember Asha’s famed and critically-acclaimed westside Indian fine dining spot, which closed its doors last year. If you're still dreaming of the Kerala fried chicken like we are, stop dreaming and start being- Spice to Table is bringing to life a lot of the same Cardamom Hill favorites in Inman Park’s Studioplex, and Scouts get a first look at her dinner service on Friday and Saturday nights.
For dinner you'll be treated to an unending feast of aromatic Indian delights. Be warned: the food is so fresh and flavorful, you may bite into a whole cardamom pod, bursting with that smoky, spicy, sweet flavor. A few of the menu items you’ll enjoy, in no particular order, are: spiced spinach and potatoes; sambar, a warm lentil stew flavored with tamarind; simple dill and cucumber salad; chicken fried to crispy perfection drizzled with a yellow curry sauce; roasted fish in a cayenne, turmeric and lime juice marinade; butter chicken, a rich, warm curry, flavored with ginger, garlic, coriander and cumin; and beef keema, a meat-and-potatoes comfort staple dish. The whole meal is wrapped up with sweet vermicelli pudding, made creamy with milk and sugar. And when we say unending, that’s what we mean, Asha will keep bringing bowl after bowl until you’ve tried every flavor combination imaginable. That’s the best part of Indian food- the flavors are distinctive, but blend and compliment each other perfectly. So what about wine? We thought you’d never ask. This whole delicious situation is BYOB, so grab whatever your little heart desires, but make sure it pairs well with a savory, warm and spicy, but not red-hot meal. May we recommend a pinot gris, or even some bubbles?