It may be a few miles north of what many consider the epicenter of Long Island’s Indian food scene, but Spice Hub, Raj Sahib’s Syosset eatery, bears watching for its authentic tandoori fare, good-value portions and efficient, friendly service.
On a recent visit, a dish with the decidedly unthrilling name of "mixed grill" showed the month-old restaurant excelling in all these areas with its grab bag of perfectly charred tandoori — a chicken leg quarter plus a few shrimp — along with lamb tikka and some morsels of juicy lasooni chicken, a bountiful plate priced at $21.95. Needless to say, the sampler’s parts can also be meals in themselves — including the lamb ($19.95), shrimp ($14.95) and lasooni chicken ($14.95). Having judged that the kitchen was taking a bit too long with our order, an employee even offered a gratis cup of housemade mango lassi (normally $4.95) to enjoy while we waited, a rich and thick treat.
Spice Hub’s vegetarian highlights include several dishes with a $14.95 price point, from an Impossible masala to a sturdy saag paneer, while the mushroom tandoori — in which caps the size of sea scallops arrive caramelized but not in the least dry — may be the snack find of the season.
Rounding out the menu is a selection of customized bowls composed of either brown or white rice, various proteins and your choice of curries (priced starting at $11.95).
Spice Hub is at 35 Jackson Ave. in Syosset, 516-922-7777, spicehubny.com. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Monday.