The globe on a platter

The globe on a platter

Tucked in an unassuming street of Gandhinagar is a cove - a culinary cove filled with little delights. 'Spice Cove' is located inside 'IV Sanctum Hotel' in  Gandhinagar.

The recently opened  restaurant combines a classy setting with old world charm. An open plan, ample seating, glass top ceiling and a stunning view of the picturesque Race Course adds to the charm of the place.  

The menu is a multi-cuisine one which means that you can take your pick from  Indian, Chinese, Continental and so on, though the staff claims 'Tandoori' dishes to be a speciality. The elaborate menu includes both à la carte as well as buffet options.  

Since the place opens as early as seven in the morning, choose from their wide variety of breakfast items like 'paratha', 'dosa', eggs,  croissants, muffins, doughnuts and more. Next in line are the pizzas with a good  selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Ask for the 'Butter chicken pizza' which is a chef special and a general favourite for the exotic mix of Indian and Italian flavours. The chef specials do not find a place on the menu but are suggested by the staff based on availability and preferences. The 'chicken leg stuffed with keema' is another such novel  experiment that one is sure to like.

Next on the menu  is an assortment of  small bites like 'cutlets', roasted nuts, rolls, sandwiches and burgers. The burgers, both vegetarian and  chicken variant, are a safe bet with the appetising filling that is a good combination of textures and flavours. The pasta derives strongly from Indian flavours to cater to the local palate  though the garlic bread could do with improvement.

Salads, appetisers and soups follow next. They are served only for a certain duration during the afternoons and evenings. The cream soup is a good choice as it is sure to tickle your tastebuds and whet your appetite for the feast that is to follow.  

In the starters, the 'hara bara kabab', which is minced vegetable mixed with flour and deep fried, is a good try for green lovers. The 'Paneer sizzlers' are as much a treat for the eyes as for the tastebuds.  

For meat lovers, the  'Tandoori kalmi kabab' and 'Mutton seekh kebab' are a must try for the delectable taste. For those of you who like your meats to be a bit firmer, let the chef know; the meats may seem somewhat soft otherwise. The staff is open to suggestions so don't hesitate to voice out your requirements.  A special shout out to the 'Chicken wings' which is sure to please even the most hardened of foodies who set foot here.  

The 'biryani' is a hit among all customers here and deserves a try, especially for the authentic 'dum'  aspect. The 'matar paneer' or the traditional 'raita' would be an ideal accompaniment for this. The 'in-house' spices must be complimented for the unique taste of all the dishes here.  

Round off your meal with a beverage like the 'Lychee cooler' or a sweet dish like the heavenly 'Papaya halwa'. Other options include  brownies, caramel, apple pie, fruit tart and so on.  

'Spice Cove' is located in  IV Sanctum Hotel,  5th Main Road, Gandhi Nagar, Majestic.

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