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The Spice Well

18 Buckwell street, Plymouth, PL1 2DA

01752 226333

Fish2fork Rating
0.5 Red Fish

Last rated: 17/06/2014

What we say

The Spice Well isn't far off achieving a Fish2fork blue fish rating but is let down, at least in our eyes, by king prawns. Are they from a certified sustainable source? Or are they, perhaps, from a farm that uses unsustainable quantities of fishmeal. We do not know and the online menus are short of information about the origins of ingredients. We would also like to know about the sea bass. In the wild sea bass numbers are falling steeply and unless they are caught by handline the Marine Conservation Society advises against it being eaten. But perhaps the restaurant uses farmed supplies.

What they say

The Spice Well, located on Buckwell Street in the heart of Plymouth offers a fantastic, mouth watering range of authentic Indian cuisine. Our skilled chefs have created a menu of authentic Indian delights, with a wide variety of classic Indian dishes and unique Chef's Specials.

About The Spice Well

There are some interesting additions to the standard Indian menu at The Spice Well. Dishes we’d be intrigued to try include crab cakes with ginger and coriander (£4.95), chicken or lamb cooked with hathkora (citrus) and fairly hot spices from the Sylhet region in North-East Bangladesh, as well as duck tikka massala in wine, cashew and coconut sauce (£10.95). Otherwise it’s a familiar line up of tikka, kebab, tandoori, balti, biryani and fish, chicken and lamb in various curry sauces and spices. King prawns are barbecued in the shell and served with a thick sauce or baked in the tandoori and served in a medium-spiced sauce with fresh beans, tomatoes and herbs. Sea bass (£12.00) is roasted and spiced with garlic sauce. There’s Cobra on draught as well as Kingfisher, Bangla Beer, Tiger and others by the bottle.

Online reviews have varied wildly.