Located on the food court level of the Royal Centre, this curry bar features nearly everything under the sun, including a daily special for each day of the week. Expect big lineups of hungry eaters at lunch time. Rice N' Spice accepts cash and debit.
New location has also opened at 883 hamilton st. Open monday to saturday for lunch and dinner!
I was craving some lunch action and a co-worker told me this place is the only choice for food court curry. After eating at RS, I think he was on to something. The restaurant is located in a corner of the subterranean depths of the Royal Centre food court. There was a gigantic lineup when I got there, but it moved quickly. The place looked clean and there are actually a few places to sit down if you want to be near the free water, just in case your tongue bursts into flames. Service was good, portions were huge, and the price was right. Less than 8 bucks for a big plate of rice, a curry and 2 sides. Plus 1/2 a big papadam.
Since it was Wednesday, I went for the daily special chicken Marsala. I had spicy beans and lentils as my sides. The food was just hot enough to exercise some authority on my tongue, but not overwhelming. I devoured my lunch like a hungry wolf. I was lucky to be seated near a veteran eater who told me (between bites) that the other available dishes are just as good as the ones I savored. I don't know if it was the greatest Indian food ever, but it was the best I've had at a food court.
My fiancée and I often take a trip to this corner of the Royal Centre at lunchtime as we work nearby and there's a good variety down here in the Bentall Underworld.
While the good lady usually goes next door to Manny's, I'll get in the queue for what is an exceptional curry selection. The servers are always happy to tell us what is what and while the spicy dishes are often very, very spicy indeed, I've never once been disappointed. Usually I go for a half dose of rice with three meats (chosen from about six options). Vegetables come free and I like to just go for the potatoes.
My meal usually comes to $10, which is okay given that I get three meats and the quality on offer.
It's comfortably the best place I've eaten either in the Royal Centre or the Bentall Centre. I just wish it was open on Sundays!
This place is only for lunch during weekdays. They have nice indian spiced foods. Since they are adopted for Canadian taste, people love them and wait long time in the lineups. Do not go for client meeting or something afterwards because you smell spice heavily even your clothes.
They also try to make a fusion shawarma and serve with curry and garlic yogurt. Unfortunately, I had uncooked shawarma plates for a few times because they were in rush during the busy lunch hours. That's why I decided not to eat it anymore.
I recommend their food if you like spiced and Indian hinted Canadian fastfood.
Note: I wish they serve faster.
I have to say one thing right off the bat. Some imbecile below me keeps complaining that they don't have Naan at this "Indian" restaurant. Considering the fact they are PERSIAN, and it's a PERSIAN restaurant, how can you possibly complain about not getting naan?
Furthermore, the butter chicken here is amazing, it isn't a classic Indian Butter Chicken, but it's still fantastic. The problem is, if you are looking for straight out of the book classic Indian cuisine this is not for you. You're coming to completely the wrong place. If you want some amazing curry and rice with big helpings, good, fresh ingredients and everything made in house daily - then this is the place for you.
I sit in anticipation of getting my Red Curry on Friday every single week, along with most of our office (if they can handle the heat). People wonder why there is a line, there isn't a question, its the best/only good Persian/Indian fusion you can find, and its so good.
My advice to those going for lunch, arrive before noon... usually after 12 youre going to be in a 15+ person line waiting for you food :D
I eat at this place about twice a week as I work nearby. The lineup is often 20-30 strong at five past noon, but it moves quickly and is well worth it. Just don't get the chicken with spinach. Everything on the menu is really really good except for chicken with spinach.
Also, just go for the half-size order. Much better deal for the dough.
The food is not Indian food, the dishes have Indian names but dont be fooled by that. I have tried all kinds of Indian food some really good and some bad but even the bad ones were not as bad as this place. You dont make food spicy by pouring red pepper or chilli. The servers dont know the names of some of the dishes they were serving. Over all a big dis appointment. A humble request to the owners , please change the name of the dishes as people like me mistake it for Indian food.
Honestly don't waste your money here. Food was such a let down. I am East Indian and know what Butter chicken should taste like. This was below average. The service was not so great either. The boss was rude and unaccomodating.
The lineups were huge and I don't understand why - as the food had no real flavor. They didn't even have Naan Bread- what Indian restaurant can serve east indian food without Naan Bread.
Will not be dining here again.