The Spice Jammer serves fresh, authentic Indian & African cuisine in a relaxed, lively atmosphere.
My girlfriend and I decided to give Spice Jammer’s a try last night. Before we walked in, I noticed a review by the Times Colonist giving this restaurant praise in 1996. The ambiance in the dining area was decent, but the washrooms and downstairs area were really run down. We ordered butter chicken, maslala vegetables and rice. The food was perfect and very filling. Our server was attentive and friendy. Overall my experience was good and would definitely consider coming back.
I almost turned back going to this restaurant because of the way the building is laid out. When I first reached it I thought it was gone as the windows were boarded up, but that turned out to be the "west wing". You need to go past that, past the courtyard, and to the "east wing".
I ate here on a weeknight last week, after having checked out Dine Here for Indian restaurants in Victoria. I love Indian cuisine, but don't have a lot of experience with it.
As pointed out by another reviewer, the ambiance is nice with the staff, male and female, dressed as they are. I gave ambiance a 4, but would have preferred 3.5, as the lighting is uneven - there are overly bright spots and overly dark spots in the room. I don't normally care for Indian music (too screechy and high-pitched), but I liked what I heard at The Spicejammer.
I ordered a roti and their "specialty", butter chicken. I have only ever had my husband's butter chicken (an Anglo-Canadian and I would rate it "okay"), and at Salam Bombay in Vancouver. I have read that no two butter chicken recipes are alike, so I was open to what I would be eating.
I had expected that for $17.95 the butter chicken would at least include rice. It did not. I received a serving dish of chicken and sauce that would not have fed two people. I immediately ordered a paratha to add to my roti. I think the dish, without rice, should have been priced about $9.95. With rice, maybe $12.95. Both those prices would be on the high side, I think.
The sauce was absolutely fantastic. I ordered medium for the hotness.
The chicken was dry, but that has been my general life experience with chicken, so I don't fault anyone for that. I have always hated chicken for that reason. Then I met my husband. His chicken is always moist and tender. I think my lesson is never to order chicken in a restaurant, but see my next review on The Reef in Victoria.
As there was no rice, I gave it the lowest value rating.
The roti and paratha were good. Perhaps the roti was greasy, as another review suggested, but I certainly enjoyed it.
Unlike another review here, service was very good. My water was topped up regularly. It could have used some ice, but that is just a personal preference.
A nice place, but at $17.95 with no rice, it is far too pricey for me.
I have been here many times and have always had great food. Butter chicken, curries, pakoras, samosas, and naan are some of the best. The service here is always good, the drink menu is better than most indian places, and the atmosphere is nice enough for a date. The prices are a little high, but in general indian food isn't very cheap in Victoria.
I really enjoyed my recent experience at Spice Jammer. Some friends of mine live in Victoria and said this is one restaurant I have to try.
Of the dishes we shared I really liked the Chicken Tika, and the Vindaloo Beef, the fried mogo was great too.
If you like hot foods then you are in luck, I found the medium to be quite spicy so if you like it very hot I'm sure they can deliver.
Overall we had a wonderful time and I will definitely be back.
Went here on a date recently. Hard to find place. Tucked away.
Such good indian food. I havent had alot of indian food before, only samosas.
Our server sorted us out so well. Im not really sure what we had all I know was that it was amazing.
They had this sweet special where you get appies and beer before 6 for 5 bucks.
What a deal. I'll be going back to this place again real soon.
When I think about my many visits to the Spice Jammer restaurant, it isn't the decor or the friendly service that sticks in my mind, so much as the amazing, flavourful food. Being a huge fan of Indian cuisine I have literally tried hundreds of different Butter Chickens, and nothing even comes close to the Butter Chicken at Spice Jammer! My mouth waters at the thought of that dish, and I find myself craving it far too often. The Chilli Chicken and Masalla Prawns are equally amazing; I generally have a hard time choosing which one to get. I would recommend the Spice Jammer to absolutely anyone, even if you don't like spicy food they can make the dishes mild while still maintaining the intense flavour I've come to love so much. Over the years I've gotten to know the staff whose love for the food becomes evident as they describe each dish and and the many different spices that go into them. The Spice Jammer experience leaves one feeling satisfied, both from the amazing food and the friendly people that remember my name and seem genuinely happy to see me every time I walk through the door.
I was startled to see the review my fav east indian restaurant got on here.
Ive been eating there for years now and it is amazing.
They make the best indian food I have ever had period.
I like it really spicy and my partner like it mild.
We are both always so satisfied with the food.
She loves the butter chicken and I love the chilly lamb and we always always split the Masala veggies.
I love their samosas and the naan is to die for,
Ive always liked the red decor, pretty tables. and nice lounge.
Sometimes when they are busy the food takes a little while, but really it is well worth the wait everytime.
Cooking takes time, especially to prepare good food.
Went here for a dinner out last year. Food was excellent if a little pricey. (but worth it) Service was great. Place was pretty empty though so atmosphere was lacking. My impression of decor was dark, red, and gold. Was a nice place to go on a date.
I recently tried Spicejammer for the first time. Initially I had been put off by the place by their "curry in a hurry" banner (it made me think of "hurrying" to the bathroom) but I'm very glad I gave it a try!
The food was delicious- spicy and savoury in just the right way. Their vindaloo reminded me of my very first indian experience with curry in the UK. The service was Impeccable and although the ambience wasn't amazing I liked the spacing of the tables and the light-wrapped trees.
The food at spice jammer has always been excellent. However, the ambience has been somewhat lacking. Recent renovations correct that oversight and food continues to shine. The butter chicken, and chicken vindaloo are excellent as are the somosas.
I mean over an half-an-hour wait for the food. They got a friend's order wrong. The Tandoori prawn dish was in a curry sauce (hint: it supposed to be baked/dry, hence Tandoori). I prefer the vegetarian dishes (curried potatoes). They were a lot cheaper, too! Basmati rice/Naan bread is extra for meals costing $15.00 or more (which is quite expensive for Indian meals). Not worth the price. Not worth the time. And it was on a Saturday, which is their biggest night! Oh yeah, I ordered a paratha, and they gave me a chapati. I know it's supposed to be fusion but I did not taste any African influences with these Indian dishes. I recommend the chef to visit Sitar in Vancouver's Gastown district where they know how to make Tandoori Prawns served sizzling on a hotplate! The service may not be the greatest there either but at least they know how to make the meals with the right kind of spices to match the items on the menu. I have a strong beef when you order something on a menu and it's totally not what it's supposed to be.
Don't even bother trying this place....we waited over an hour for our dinner..we never got an explanation or a "sorry for the wait" when we were finally served the portions were so small it was a joke....the 18,95 prawn dish didn't even come with rice.....we had to spend another 5,95 for some dry rice....over 60,00 and that would feed one person....try up the road on the same street for much better service and value in East Indian dining...NEVER EVER go here..................
Have to say I was very happy with this cute little place.
We went early on a sunday, not to busy then.
Good server, cool how they all have to wear indian outfits. Even the guys.
He told us that all the food is made from scratch and prolly best to get an appy. So we did, the samosas. Mmmm so good. 4 beef for me, and 2 veg for my partner.
She was happy that they have such a big veggie section.
I got the butter chicken, which was amazing, and the lamb which was so juicy and good.
She got the saag, and a daal. Which I also really enjoyed.
The roti were just like I remembered. So good. Portions were good,
enough so that we both had lunch the next day, and a midnight snack.
We were very disappointed with our Spice Jammer experience. We waited almost an hour and a half for our meals to arrive! We could have gone to any other restaurant on the block and ate twice in the time it took to get our meals. We got no apology, no show of concern from our server the entire time, and we were even charged extra for the extra pappadums we had to eat to stave off the hunger pangs after the first 45 minutes. We did get a token "quality takes time- it'll be worth the wait" from another server who filled our waters at around the 80 minute mark. To top it off, when our food did arrive it wasn't worth the wait. Good, but far from great, and not even close to being good enough to salvage the experience. I understand from reading other's reviews that this is not a rare occurence. I guess I can take comfort in the fact that other people have gone through the same experience. All I can say is that we will never go back to Spice Jammer again. There are much better Indian Restaurants in Victoria, both in service and food. We left that place an hour ago and I'm still bothered.
I feel good about going to Spice Jammer
I can get my favorite food and beer.
The Raj Mahal is my favorite beer
I absoulutlely love the beef vindaloo. Its so good I dont even have anything else, but when I eat with other people the other dishes I try are also amazing. The pilau rice and naan are great too.
I get some crazy cravings for my beef vindaloo.
First of all we walk in and have to wait 3-4 minutes for the belly showing waitress to get off her cell phone to seat us.
Next the menu says Martinis...and the price. I ask our waitress what martinis do you offer. Oh Um...I don't...haha, what do you want and and we can try to make it. Not good...I realize there are 1001 ways to make a martini, but I expect a list or at least give me a few of the restaurant specials, I went without.
The food all came fairly quickly, being as we were the only ones in the restaurant. It was ok, nothing I would go out of my way for, and based on the service, I'd by pass this restaurant to find something else, unless I were on my knees crawling in search of food. Bottom line is, when the food is just ok, the service needs to be outstanding...but ok food and bad service, makes a business that will soon be out of business.
If you happen to be in Vancouver and want Indian/East African Food...Try Jambo Grill...on Kingsway...They put this place to shame.
The Spice Jammer, in my experience, is the worst restaurant in Victoria, regardless of the food. We had a reservation, so were seated immediately, and our appetizers came in a reasonable amount of time. The samosas were okay, though not really anything to phone home about. The fried mogo (cassava fries) were good though. From that point on it was all downhill. We waited an HOUR AND A HALF for our meals to arrive, and the server never once came by to refill our drinks, offer us anything in the meantime, or explain/apologize for the delay. I complained, and was told that our food was still at least 10 minutes away from being ready and that that's just how it is there because they are a family run place with only one cook. How can a restaurant possibly expect patrons to wait a minimum of an hour and forty-five minutes for two meals? We were not even a big group, and we even ordered butter chicken, which is supposedly their specialty! Needless to say, we did not bother waiting any longer. I would never ever go back there, and would certainly not recommend it to anyone unless you plan on bringing your own snacks and drinks for the hours you'll have to wait for, judging by the appetizers, fairly average food.
Had a great time at this little resteraunt. It had nice atmosphere which were all indian colors.
The service was helpful, informed, and friendly.
Food was expectional. Best butter chikcen Ive had ever.
Finding parking was a bit hard though.