Spice of America
The food was fresh and delicious. The service was cheerful and quick.
This place was fantastic. Easily one of the best Indian & Nepalese place that I've been to in recent memory. Prices are reasonable and service was great. The food was amazing. Strong rec.
This was our first visit since it's a new place. It was hard to choose what to have - everything looked good.
Excellent food. They have a multi-course special for $23 that includes a half-dozen items plus rice, naan and dessert. Although the restaurant's name may imply that the food is spicy-hot, it was not hot. Rather our group of four found the food with lots of subtle flavors, more interesting than your typical Indian restaurant. Plus it's a fairly short walk to the Symphony, opera etc. It's definitely where I'll go the next time I have a culture night out on the town.
This is a delicious gem! Excellent friendly service and amazingly tasty dishes. We went for an early dinner before a show at SF Jazz and appreciated the prompt service. Each dish was so flavorful - I recommend the heck out of this restaurant.
Love the spices and fun fusion combinations! I had the thali, and it was lovely to sample so many amazing flavors!
The interior of the restaurant is quite nice. Unfortunately the City of San Francisco government has allowed the street scene to be unsavory. The citizens must demand more from our city government.
I had the express meal for lunch. There were 5 choices. I chose the shrimp with vegetables. The food is good & a good bargain at $12. Look forward to going back again!
Go here now! Great food, really interesting and different flavors than I've had at other Indian restaurants. The curry omelet is a standouttas well as the cauliflower yogurt dish. You won't be disappointed.
Delicious flavorful dishes here and excellent customer service! Thank you for the decadent meal on a Friday evening and for your complimentary dishes for a special celebration.
If it hadn’t been for the reviews, I never would have noticed this place! Glad I did—they have an excellent $12 express lunch which is like a sample platter of many different dishes where you pick your own (veg or non-veg) protein. Will definitely go back.
great food. it takes a while to get it out of the kitchen, but worth the wait. just don't go when you are in a hurry.
Truly outstanding meal. One five course sampler and three selections, plenty of naan and a nice bottle of wine. Nicely done!
The wait was over 80 minutes for our food. We had reservations for a table of 9 and they were clearly unprepared for us. We did not get menus until we had been waiting for about 15-20 minutes. Service was very slow and we had to ask for everything. It was a Saturday night and they was very poorly staffed.
It took our food over an hour for our food to arrive (this was before the lunch rush - we were the only party in the restaurant for a while). Literally, our food arrived for one person at a time. It was pretty good but not great when it did arrive - certainly not good enough to justify the delay. Not sure if the kitchen was missing staff and just had an off day, but I won’t be back to find out.
The food was of excellent quality and delicious — especially the roast cauliflower. It seems like a family- run business and the staff were super friendly and attentive. It was our first time dining here and we will definitely be back!
Totally empty, but bad service. They forgot items and requests.
We picked this restaurant because the cuisine sounded intriguing. It did not disappoint. We cook and eat regional indian food frequently. The food itself was “the best I’ve had since I came to North America” (my English husband). The portions were reasonable and beautifully presented. The flavors made us think. Our server was very pleasant and answered our questions, understanding our interest in this cuisine. We ate before an SFJazz concert, and had plenty of time with a 6 PM reservation for a 8:30 performance. We will definitely be back.
Wonderful food and excellent service! Highly recommend.
The place was empty ... I mean empty except for us, which was hard to understand since the food was so good.
Small menu, done exceptionally well. Interesting twists on dishes you've had before and a few things you've never heard of.
If I lived in town, this would be a regular hangout.
Most exciting lunch of the year! This could be the best Indian food in San Francisco. The creative versions of traditional dishes were delicious. With the 10 minute walk from the Twitter building, this will become my go to restaurant for a reasonable priced gourmet meal.
Absolutely love this place. Great food and service. Been there three times now, have tried almost everything on the menu and everything is great. Check it out!
The food was absolutely terrible. The literally refried frozen chicken nuggets. The Amritsari fish was deep friend and completely bland. We left after appetizers. Awful! Our server had the worst body odor. We had to hold our breath every time he came by.
GREAT food. Nice people. Food arriving to the table was a bit slow, but worth the wait. Be sure to leave time - this is not a quick - in and out - kind of place.
The food and service here are excellent. Every dish was exceptional. I will ne returning soon
Very tasty and creative recipes
Thoroughly enjoyable dining experience! Restaurant decor, fascinating and fantastic flavor of the dishes, gorgeous presentation, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff
The food and presentation at this humble-appearing restaurant were outstanding, really top notch and imaginative, not everyday Indian cuisine. This restaurant deserves a better physical appearance, because its food is really special. It's right across Market Street from Zuni, though difficult to spot its signage (and I prefer this restaurant for its quality and imagination.)
It's always a nice surprise to eat somewhere that offers an amuse bouche. The fried kale was awesome! Although the selection is limited when compared to the usual Indian place, they take special care in the presentation and quality of their food. The service was wonderfully friendly though they never came to pick up our check at the end, they were fairly attentive during the meal.
the food was amazing, excellent flavours and spices, though we were not asked about the level of spice we wanted (at other Indian restaus we had been asked) However, the service was incredibly slow, at least 30 minutes to get our appetizers, and another 30-40 after that for the mains, I guess they make it from scratch for each order, the waiter was very nice, exchanged my wine when I thought it had gone 'off" . The ambiance was minimal. In spite of the great food, we will not visit this restau again. Sorry
We came back in early May for a pre-concert dinner. This time we went for the tasting menu, one of each - good decisions. Won't need to go into details on the food but will say that the chef's surprise choice for dessert was la piece de resistance, capping what was otherwise a terrific meal. We did decide skipping the first part of the concert so that we could more leisurely enjoyed the meal!
Great, imaginative and tasty Indian food— not your usual rum if the mill North Indian/ Pakistani place. Great versions of street food and complexly flavored and executed dishes. Desserts are amazing!
I can not rave enough about our meal at Spice of America. It was excellent. We all got the 6 course tasting menu and each course was outstanding. The food is best described as modern Indian/Nepalese. The presentation of each dish was beautiful (we all took pictures of every dish) and each dish was distinctive, different and delicious. This was my second meal at Spice of America and at the first one I ordered 3 a la carte dishes and they were so exceptional that I couldn't wait to tell my friends and go back. The only problem is that there are no customers. I am doing all I can to talk them up, but the restaurant is new and no one knows they are there. It is on Market across from Zuni and so there is no foot traffic. It is a shame because this chef is extremely creative. I highly recommend the hen, Bombay Chaat, and everything else on the menu.
This was our first time at this restaurant. We we delightfully surprised by the quality of the food. The dishes were carefully prepared & the flavors are complex but not competing against each other.
Before dinner, we were given a couple of amuse bouche: a lovely & refreshing gazpacho of puree roasted bell pepper and chopped apple and guacamole serve on papadum (this one did not do much for us)
For starters, we had:
* the seared scallops: cooked just right & had melt in your mouth texture,
* the tuna & crispy kale: The soft tuna contrast nicely agains the crispiness of the kale. The tartness of the lemon goes well with pepper glaze.
* the Nepalese chicken momo: the momo are well seasoned with a hint of cilantro. It pairs well with the burnt tomato-chili sauce, which has slow a burn but was not overly spicy.
For dinner, we had:
* Lamb curry: the lamb was tender and succulent. The curry was flavorful but did not overwhelm the lamb. The spiciness level was just right for us.
* eggplant & chickpeas: the grilled eggplant was done well and had a smoky flavor, paired with chickpeas.
We concluded the meal with a nice dessert, pistachio rasmalai. The flavor was rather complex, helped along by the saffron. It's not sweet like many of Indian desserts.
Wines are available by the glass and are reasonably priced. We enjoyed the riesling and the cabernet which went quite well the lamb curry.
We will definitely come back.
This new small restaurant near Civic Center is a real find. Indian and Nepalese cuisine fastidiously prepared and presented. Much closer to real fine dining than the usual neighborhood Indian restaurant. We'll be back.
They provide frozen Naans- not good. Should at lease make their own Naan's or Rotis. Potions are too small. Presentation was good but service was slow- only one server while two other ladies looked on. Service was slow.
This new restaurant has attractive, modern decor, widely spaced tables, soft lovely music, and graceful, very pleasant service. The main attraction, however, is the food. Two of us together ordered 2 main dishes and one starter, plus lemon-jasmine rice and naan, and everything was really excellent. It seemed like a fusion between familiar Indian food and inventive high cuisine, with food in a similar vein to Rasika in Washington DC or August(1)Five in SF: Indian spices and preparation, but dishes different from anything I have ever had in other Indian restaurants, beautifully and imaginatively served. For example, the fried cauliflower dish (woderful sesoning in the breading or applied underneath the breading) had little flags of thin-slice raw cauliflower florets as a flavorful decoration, on top of a seasoned rice-chick-pea bed formed into a wide cylinder. I hope it remains a quiet place for relaxed dining on great food as it becomes successful.
Yummy flavorful food. Lots of options including vegan.
Sides are great. Prawns Curry divine.
Stumbled into Spice of America to grab a quick meal with a friend and left completely surprised and satisfied. Do not be fooled by the outside of the restaurant and even the inside is very simple. But, the food and the service are divine. And, a great value for the price. They are working on a liquor license, but currently do not have one. However, you can bring in your own for no corkage fee. Overall, it was a great dinner.