Posted: Friday, May 8, 2015 – 4:08 PM
This year mom can enjoy the exotic flavors of India without leaving Beverly Hills. Spice Affair, the latest addition to upscale Restaurant Row, 50 N. La Cienega Blvd., is offering a Mother’s Day “Luxurious Brunch,” from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Supervised by CEO Anupam Bhatia, the force behind the restaurant’s “modern take on traditional” menu, the grand buffet, priced at $60 per person, will feature three live cooking stations—one with kabobs and biryani, rice infused with spices and served with a choice of meat; another with chaat, savory Indian street food, and another with uttapam, sometimes called “Indian pizza.”
Traditional Indian desserts will round out the bounteous offerings.
For non-drinking moms, flavors of sparkling water will be an option along with the choice of unlimited champagne or mimosas.
After a grand opening last night, Spice Affair is “filling a need for an upscale Indian restaurant combining bold flavors, a contemporary setting and five-star service that makes diners feel special,” says Puneet Chandak, chairman/co-owner.
“In explaining the new hot spot’s name and approach, President/Co-owner Sonia Batra says, “In Indian cooking, spices that compliment each other have been paired together traditionally for centuries past; at Spice Affair we’re taking some tradition and a lot of non-tradition to create excitement. We’re having an affair with the spices—where the focus is on flavor, not heat.”
And there’s something for every palate, traditional moms can enjoy Tandoori Chicken, while those who want to try something new can try the Duck and Date Mélange.
“You won’t see duck on many Indian restaurant menus,“ says Batra. Other exclusive-to-Spice Affair offerings include tandoori artichoke hearts and mushroom cappuccino, “a very different Indian soup.”
While the palette is authentic Indian, the emphasis is on fresh and healthy. The menu boasts items that are rich in iron, low calorie and many vegan options. “There are no artificial colors or flavors,” says Bhatia. Spinach is not creamed. “You can taste the wonderful wholeness. We want our guests to enjoy clean tastes.”
“Our cuisine celebrates traditional Indian spices with the finest ingredients for luxury dining,” says Bhatia, who also co-owns the Michelin-recommended Broadway Marsala in Redwood City with Batra. He and Batra are obsessed with finding only “top notch” ingredients whether it be the chicken, fish of a coriander-leaf garnish.
Called “An Indian indulgence,” the restaurant indulges guests, Chandak says, with a menu that embraces tradition, but also expands and updates it with tasty twists. Plus there’s attentive, welcoming service and Batra’s stylish design.
“I wanted the decor to match the name by incorporating colors of exotic Indian spices like saffron and gold, along with bronzes and rusts, combining them with mysterious dark tones of cinnamon,” says Batra. The walls are covered with subtly sparkling glass wallpaper with metal sculptures in the modern main dining room, with hints of traditional India in the upholstery fabric.
The theme carries into the sleek lounge with agates suspended from golden chains illuminating the area with a back-lit bar serving spice-infused cocktails like the signature Cardamom Spice Martini, jalapeño-inspired Indian Heat Margarita or the Winter Spice Drink with star anise, clove and cinnamon. The menu is sophisticated street food like Bombay Bruschetta and Pagra Paties.
Spice Affair’s private dining room can accommodate 35 with exclusive menus available; and the chandeliered banquet hall can hold 200. Both are equipped with all the amenities for private and corporate events.
For reservations, call 310-400-6800. For more information, visit www.spice-affair.com.