Kate visits Spice Carriage

Kate from our Content Team visits Spice Carriage in Barnet.

I’ve had some great meals in London recently but it only seems fair to review this local gem, especially as I only discovered it recently through toptable. I love Indian food and will happily make the journey from Zone 5 to places like The Painted Heron and Meghna when I’m craving curry, but last week I decided to stay close to home. Half hidden on Barnet’s busy High Street, Spice Carriage is a narrow restaurant that has been designed to look like an old-world train carriage. Very cosy and traditional in every sense of the word.

We settled into a booth and nibbled on crisp poppadoms and spicy pickles while we perused the menu. The vegetarian dishes at Indian restaurants can seem like an after thought but that wasn’t the case here. My vegetarian thali (£9.95) included a fragrant korma, an excellent tarka dhal and a delicious channa masala (chickpea curry). The spicing seems to have been toned down to suit the Western palate but everything we had was full of flavour and packed with fresh (not tinned!) vegetables and lentils.

The bill was very reasonable, much less than I usually pay in London, and the service was friendly and polite. (Our waiter happily bagged up the leftovers for us to take away!) We love our nights out in the West End but for the days when all we need is to be well fed and well looked after, we’ll definitely be going back to Spice Carriage.

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