My family was kindly invited to a lovely restaurant in Prahran, called The Spice Pantry.
This cosy little restaurant is a family owned and run business. A father and son duo run this business with such passion and with the love of what they do.
The Spice Pantry is an authentic Indian restaurant serving traditional food. I met with Anand and his son, Anuj. While Anand is the experienced chef in the kitchen, Anuj prefers to be out front chatting with his customers. He shared his story of how he got into the hospitality business after leaving his full time job of being an accountant and how he just finished his morning shift at the MCG.
Hubby and I like for our children to experience all different cuisines so they can decide for themselves what they like and don’t like. Whilst our son, Thomas loves curries, our daughter Deanna is not a big fan. I’m proud to say though after this meal she said she thoroughly enjoyed some of the dishes and that she’d love it again. That’s a win!
My family were treated to a feast of all the senses. We started off with a couple of platters of entrees.
The vegetarian platter included crispy samosas filled with chunky potato pieces and the pakoras were chopped spinach and onion. Served with a tangy tamarind sauce.
The non-vegetarian entrees included chicken malai tikka, Tandoori chicken, chili chicken and Seekh kebab. So colourful and so full of flavour. Deanna couldn’t get enough of the chicken malai tikka.
We had a feast on our hands for the mains. Saffron rice was accompanied with a vegetarian korma, butter chicken, Malabar prawns and lamb masala. We had servings of butter naan and garlic naan.
The curries were not too hot as to over power the taste of all the different spices. Each dish was complex in flavour and very distinctive from each other.
Both the butter and garlic naans were soft and delicious. The naan dough is made the traditional way and baked in a tandoor oven. It has to be hands down the best naan I have had in Melbourne.
We couldn’t leave without having dessert. The children voted for the mango kulfi over the pistachio one. The kulfi was served with raspberry compote and rose syrup. It was heavenly and vanished in a blink of an eye. The gulab jamun (milk dumplings in golden syrup) was Thomas’ and hubby’s favourite. Hubby could have eaten a billion of those dumplings. It was so soft and light. It had absorbed the syrup which made it moreish.
I recommend a visit to The Spice Pantry. The restaurant is quite small so if you plan ongoing with a big group, best to order takeaway or order via Uber Eats.
Go for the food and the friendly staff.
The since Pantry
68 Commercial rd, Prahran
This post is sponsored and my family dined as guests of The Spice Pantry.