Spice Fusion

After a long, wintery walk on Otley Chevin, all my sister and I wanted to do was to get warm and indulge in a curry.

I haven’t had many takeaways since being in Leeds, so we had a look on Deliveroo and opted for Spice Fusion, an Indian takeaway located in West Park. We were pretty hungry, so we didn’t faff about with our order. And thankfully, by the time we were washed and had our plates ready, the food arrived.

To kick things off, we opted for poppadums with a selection of chutneys and a mixed starter selection which included samosas, bhajis, and tandoori chicken and lamb. The poppadums were crunchy, as they should be, and the chutneys (one yogurt, one mango and one onion) were all tasty and ideal condiments to the starter selection. I loved the crisp samosas which were packed with spiced meat and vegetables and enjoyed the flavour of the tandoori meat. Although I liked the crunch of the bhajis, I found them a little overcooked and dry.

Whilst perhaps unconventional, my sister and I like to eat everything in one go when we eat an Indian, so to go with our ‘starters’, we ordered a side of saag paneer, a bowl of pilau rice, a naan bread, a Kashmiri chicken curry and a bowl of cucumber raita. For me, the saag paneer was the standout dish of the meal. I loved the chunks of cheese and the richly spiced tomato sauce. The Kashmiri chicken curry, which is like a tomatoey korma, was also delicious. The chicken was moist (although I would have liked more), and the sauce was well spiced yet creamy without being oily (very important in my books).

In my family, no Indian takeaway meal is ever complete without naan bread. We all love to have a warm naan that we can use to mop up curry sauces. With our takeaway this week, we opted for a peshwari because my sister and I both love the sweetness of the coconut with a spicy meal. The naan from Spice Fusion was fab – warm, soft and packed with coconut. I will have to remember to order two next time! The final dish that we ordered was the cucumber raita, a yogurt and coconut side which is an ideal finishing touch to a curry. We enjoyed the dish with our meal as the yogurt was cooling and the crunch of the cucumber added a lovely freshness.

Overall, my sister and I enjoyed our curry from Spice Fusion. We thought the meal was good value for money and the food was tasty and well cooked. The portions were also generous. Our whole meal was under £27, which for the amount of food we ordered, was reasonable. The food was also delivered safely – which is an important consideration in these COVID times.

I will certainly be ordering from Spice Fusion again – I am already looking forward to another bowl of saag paneer

Dr Gemma Bridge

Gemma, who works at Leeds Beckett University, has been writing for over 10 years and loves to share what's going on in and around Leeds. She is also an international athlete, artist and the creator of Leeds Food Guide. You can find her on Instagram at @GLB_racewalk or @Leeds_FoodGuide

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