Chilli Spice (Indian) – Camberley

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halal Chilli Spice Surrey grill Camberley Indian curry GU15 London Road

Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curryLocated on the famous long stretch of London Road, Chilli Spice is conveniently situated just across the way from the only mosque in the area, and is one of the few Halal options available in an otherwise sparsely populated Muslim community in Camberely.

Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curryWith the byline “Fine Indian Cuisine & Grill”, we were curious to know whether this really would turn out to be true, or whether this was just another typical balti house content in pawning off a vindaloo curry as a genuine taste of India.

On first impressions, this didn’t seem to be the case particularly given the decor.

Chilli Spice had a touch of refinement to it with prominently bright orange pillars that contrasted against the dark tables and tiled floors.

With a semi-open kitchen to witness the chefs in action, we were certainly looking forward to trying the menu.

Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry chef

It was also encouraging to see a notice indicating the place had a 5/5 Food Hygiene Rating.

DRINKS

drink cocktail Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Sand Island, Coco Colada, Magic Amazon £3.95 each

We ordered a variety of mocktails that included the Sand Island, which, aside from the slice of orange garnish, didn’t quite deliver on the orange therein.

Traditionally one part pineapple, one part coconut, and one part rum, this Halal version (minus the rum of course) was imbalanced in that the coconut dominated. It also lacked ice, and, therefore, lacked any real kick and excitement.

There was no magic with the Magic Amazon either. There was unanimous agreement that this was the worst drink of the night.

Virgin Mojito drinks cocktail Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Passion Tropic £3.95, Virgin Mojito £3.95, Chilli Spice Mocktail £4.95

The Passion Tropic was sweet and tangy, but weak in flavour with a lack of strawberry.

The insipid Virgin Mojito, a beverage often sold but seldom got right, sat their flat and meek. Made up of neither sparkling water nor lemonade, it also lacked mint – the very basis of such a drink! Whether the mint leaves were poor quality to begin with, or just not properly bruised before being added is one of those unsolved mysteries. However, a bit more lime and the addition of sparkle might be the remedy here.

The Chilli Spice Mocktail house special had a good balance of flavours with the coconut being the usual main stay offset by a hint of guava. Unfortunately, the spice was lacking making the house special mediocre. Still, this was the best beverage on the night.

Most of these above epitomises the meaning of the saying, “Flattering to deceive!” Truth be told, they all tasted a bit like carton juice; and for the price, we expected far more.

STARTERS

kebab chops chicken Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Chicken Shaslick £5.95

These large, subtly spiced boneless chicken bites were simply amazing.

Soft and succulent, they’re definitely worth getting.

kebab chops Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Lamb Chops £5.95, Seekh Kebabs £3.00

The charcoal cooked Lamb Chops were soft and tender with enough spice to keep things interesting.

However, while we always look forward to trying any Seekh Kebab on a menu, especially those prepared in a tandoor, these, sadly, were poor. Lacking herbs and spice, we all agreed these weren’t worth it.

MAINS

It should be noted that while all meat is bought fresh, the local Halal butcher can’t regularly replenish stock resulting in the meat being days old at times. Chilli Spice do not use the local butcher guaranteeing fresh meat.

Tawa ChickenLamb JalfreziChicken & Chilli BaltiNaanPilau Rice
Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Tawa Chicken £9.75

Presented in a hot, sizzling balti, this Tawa Chicken was probably the closest thing to a show stopper Chilli Spice managed.

While we felt as though the large slices of onion detracted from the dish, we enjoyed the hint of tomato. Nonetheless, the spices were somewhat minimal.

Lamb Jalfrezi halal Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Lamb Jalfrezi £7.45

So, while we would have preferred more spice in the Tawa Chicken, this Lamb Jalfrezi, which we understand is usually a hot dish to begin with, had whole green chillis (seeds intact), which we’d strongly recommend removing if you intend to enjoy the taste of this dish for what it is.

With large chunks of peppers, a thick, rich sauce, and slices of garlic we might add, this, in the end, was a decent Jalfrezi.

Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Chicken & Chilli Balti £7.25

The chicken seem to knock the lamb dishes out of the farm it seems.

There was consensus over the view that this balti dish was the best of the lot with soft, tender chicken, and a spicy sauce, with a hint of lemon to it, that had depth of flavour and packed a wallop.

naan Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Naan £2.00

Fresh tandoori naan is a must with these mains, and these were cooked to perfection.

Pilau Rice Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Pilau Rice £2.00

Not exactly Pilau Rice if rice isn’t cooked in well seasoned stock, as was the case here.

SIDES

popadom chutney Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Popadoms – Mint, Chilli, Mango, Onion Salad £0.65 each

Fresh popadoms and chutney are usually on the house at most places, not here though.

DESSERTS

Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry ice cream

1 scoop £1.95, 2 scoop £2.45

A selection of Gelato ice cream that are, of course, ordered in.

Golab Jamun Dessert Ice Cream Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Golab Jamun with Ice Cream £3.05

One Lion claimed that these Golab Jamuns reminded him of India!

Whatever the case, kudos to any place that takes the time to freshly prepare and make this classic regional dessert. Warm and amazing with a delicately soft interior and a smooth silky exterior.

There was no skimping on the quality of the ice cream either with, as alluded to above, an array of flavours to choose from.

Dessert Rasmalai Ras malai Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Ras Malai – Cheese soaked in sweetened, thickened milk £3.05

Here comes some more home made treats. Ras Malai takes time to prepare; so hats off again because the end product was good.

Not too sweet either, though we did think the sauce could have been a little thicker. A fine effort!

Dessert ice Cream Chilli Spice Surrey Camberley Indian curry

Fantastica – Vanilla & Caramel ice cream, with chocolate balls, toffee pieces & caramel sauce £3.95

This Fantastica, however, wasn’t in-house made. Nevertheless, it was quite something with its assortment of textures.

The interplay between the vanilla and caramel ice cream, and the pieces of soft toffee was extremely good.

All three desserts are highly recommended.

THE ROAR
Chilli Spice
3 FTL's Roar
3.5 Pride's Roar (1 Roar)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • YES/NO
Facilities
  • DISABLED
  • CHILD SEATING
  • JUST EAT
Summary
Being a stones throw away from the local mosque, this place must be extremely convenient for the small, but vibrant Camberley Muslim community.

And though the food is fully Halal, there is a prominently large alcohol bar by the entrance.

In the end, Spice Chilli offers traditional Indian food with its own twist. On this basis, we'd certainly recommend a visit if you're in the area.

This isn't your usual local curry house though. We personally saw the chefs working hard in producing authentic curries for one takeaway after another.

What's more, it's worth popping in just for those in-house desserts.

Menu Recommendation

Drink - Chilli Spice Mocktail

Starter - Chicken Shaslick

Main - Chicken & Chilli Balti

Dessert - Golab Jamun with Ice Cream

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Chilli Spice
369 London Rd
Camberley GU15 3HQ

T: +44 (0)1276 66422 | W: chillispicecamberley.co.uk

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30–14:30, 17:00–23:00 | Sun 13:00-22:00

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