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Cafe Spice Express
Posted by Mike on 11/27/2013
This abomination of "Indian" food is best to be skipped. It is OVERPRICED, the food has no flavor, but is spiced up to the max and will leave your mouth burning. I got a vegetable paneer wrap which was supposed to be like a big burrito, according to the server who took my order, and wrapped in a home made roti. What I got instead was a tiny, overspiced wrap which used a store-bought, cardboard-like, chewy and bland 99cent wrap from a bag. Not a roti at all! And, it was served with a double side of RAW chickpea salad. Yes- raw. Just chickpeas soaked in water overnight, served with some shredded kale, and a few bits of tomatoes and nothing else. If these were canned chickpeas, fine. But, no- they were raw, crunchy, and the "salad" had no taste whatsoever. As it couldn't be eaten, I had to throw it out. And, the pleasure of buying this swill set me back for almost 10 bucks. Needless to say- I remained hungry. Avoid this place.
Posted by Suzanna on 03/09/2009
This place is expensive, a meat & veg combo and a nan will cost you in the region of $14 and the quality of the food is not good at all. It is spicy but otherwise lacks flavour.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/13/2008
I come here every once in awhile for lunch as I work nearby, but I won't come back again. I found a huge bone in the tikka masala, the chicken was weird (not cooked all the way?) and the sauce was watery. Even the rice tasted like it was microwaved. And what, no naan, and I'm spending $10 for a non-veg platter? I didn't finish my lunch even though I was still hungry!
Posted by anon on 06/01/2007
Loved the food! Great Indian food on the go! Especially love the tandoori paneer wraps...highly recommended!
Posted by Sparky on 01/01/2007
I have had the oppty to go to Spice Market a couple of times, and will go no more. On my last visit the food had a distinctly "uncooked" flavor. I don't mean the chicken, etc., wasn't cooked, I mean the spices were not cooked. I prepare Indian food at home once or twice a month and one thing that is required is that the spices be introduced to the food and left to simmer and meld. Here, in contrast, the spices were raw - as if thrown in as an after thought. Maybe they were in a rush? The food is also relatively expensive for what you get, and Nan is extra. What is up with that? This is a buffet, self service, fast food spot and Nan with your meal is extra? Please.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/14/2006
I love spicey food so one day I came here with a friend for lunch. The food was cold and lacking taste...the service was poor too. They didn't even have change for us when we paid cash! The manager and the waiter was just looking at us and each other as if WE were weird...we were still hungry, but not hungry enough to finish the food.
Posted by pgb205 on 07/26/2005
Fast food indian restaurant located at the lower level of grand central. Have your basic indian dishes like chiken tikka masala, curry chicken. vegetables etc. Only white rice is available. Good but definitely not great. Bit too pricey. Prepare to spend at least 10$ per person there (if you can eat spicey indian without any water or bread). Unlike other person I thought portions were pretty big. Of course atmosphere is non-existant. They plop it on the aluminum plate for you and that's it. Overall a good place to go if you want some indian but not prepared to spend a lot of money.