Barely two weeks old, the new Spice Village Grill brings South Asian zest to the Huntington restaurant scene.
The spot is owned by Tavassum Ali, who came to this country from Pakistan 30 years ago. For the past 18 years, Ali owned a photography store on the corner site the restaurant now occupies. After it fell victim to new technology, his son briefly opened a hookah lounge. A better idea, Ali felt, was to make it a restaurant, since he'd always had a passion for cooking.
A talent for it, too, it seems. His gently priced menu focuses on grilled specialties. A recent dinner began with warm, flaky nan from the tandoor oven. A starter of mulligatawny soup had great depth of flavor as well as fiery kick. Hyper-flavorsome chicken seekh kebabs (skewered ground spiced meat) was a treat.
Service could not have been more caring. Dinner ended with a gratis dessert of rasmali (cheese balls in cream), something I’d never been partial to before. It won me over, as did the restaurant.
Spice Village Grill is at 281 Main St., Huntington, 631-271-4800
My chicken seekh kebab. Newsday photo / Joan Reminick