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23 July 2014
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Spice Merchant

25 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire RG9 2LJ

£32.00 Indian Berkshire

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  • Wine: £17.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2pm 6-12M

Square Meal Review of Spice Merchant ?

Contemporary Indian (part of a small Home Counties chain) that’s a welcome newcomer to the Henley dining scene. The appealing riverside location is certainly an attraction, as is the slick interior of soft lighting, leather, wood & granite, but the main draw is the high quality, sophisticated cooking which scores for both flavour & presentation. Imaginatively flavoured homemade chutneys, for example, include a stunning dry lentil & peanut chutney that practically explodes with flavour, while starters make for a slew of hits: grilled asparagus with cumin & caramelised onion, tinda (Indian squash) stuffed with spiced haloumi & pine nuts, & a gorgeous melt-in-the-mouth spinach tikki (a kind of spinach cake stuffed with figs). Mains are equally successful, especially Bilgrani chicken korma (rolled chicken fillets in a sauce of dill, spinach & coconut), a light & highly flavoursome dish. Other recommendations include succulent jumbo tiger prawns with lime & chilli & the Hyderabadi biryani served in a pot sealed with a deliciously flaky bread. A good wine list & an uplifting array of desserts – coconut brulee with tamarind & cinnamon or ginger bread & butter pudding – bring further kudos to the talented team of ex-Oberoi chefs beavering in the kitchen.

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  1. Spice Merchant

    25 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire RG9 2LJ
    Overall rating:
     
    Christine C.
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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  2. Spice Merchant

    25 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire RG9 2LJ
    Overall rating:
     
    Foodess
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    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 4

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    Essential Details for Spice Merchant

    • Address: 25 Thameside, Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire RG9 2LJ
    • Telephone: 01491 636118
    • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2pm 6-12M

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