We’ve been wanting to try Spice Kitchen and Bar for a while now, and finally made it to Gordon Square with friends recently on a Saturday night. We had a great experience at the last Plated Landscape Dinner we attended earlier this year, which was catered by Spice of Life, so we were excited to see what was on the menu at their restaurant. The menu is small (generally a good thing in our book) but contains a good variety of dishes.
MUSHROOM BEIGNETS honey goat cheese crème fraiche
We liked the beignets. They had a subtle mushroom flavor and were perfectly crispy on the outside while remaining light and fluffy on the inside.
PAN-SEARED WALLEYE cauliflower purée, rapini, chermoula sauce
He said…I liked this dish a lot. The fish was perfectly cooked with a nice crust on the outside. However, I thought the cauliflower purée put this dish over the top. The purée was creamy and very flavorful.
PUMPKIN RISOTTO shaved parmesan, mushroom salad
She said…This dish was just OK for me. The risotto was cooked well, the ingredients were certainly fresh and of high quality, but I didn’t really care for the chunks of pumpkin in the dish. I wouldn’t order this again, but I would definitely go back to try something else.
Our friends were happy with the dishes they ordered including the polenta chickpea fries, the grilled ribeye and the porkstrami sandwich.
We really enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, and the service was very good as well. We love that owner/chef Bebenroth grows much of what he uses himself, and sources most of his other products locally. It shows in the quality of the dishes. We will definitely try Spice again, and look forward to different seasonally inspired dishes.