Spice in the City

Downtown Dallas denizens now have healthier Indian takeout option

Downtown Dallas denizens now have healthier Indian takeout option

Spice in the City
Spice in the City will serve both downtown workers and those seeking healthy meal plans. Photo courtesy of Spice in the City

An interesting new concept called Spice in the City debuts in downtown Dallas on February 16, serving health-conscious to-go food at lunch and dinner with Indian, Pakistani and Malaysian spices and flavors.

The outlet opens in the Dallas Power & Lighting building at 1512 Commerce St., where it will take over the kitchen from Fuse, the restaurant in the lobby that closed in summer 2014. Some of Fuse's space is being absorbed by the Studio 1514 hair salon; its bar is being reconfigured into a community room that can be rented for parties.

Spice in the City will consist of a to-go window where you can order — or order ahead online or by calling 469-554-0348 — and pick up. The menu includes dishes such as chicken tikka masala with rice and naan bread; tandoori chicken flatbread; and samosas that are baked, not fried, made from crispy wontons in two varieties: vegetarian, with potato and pea, and beef. Appetizers and entrées range from $1.50 to $11.99.

Desserts include pretty painted chocolates from Houston-based chocolatier Cacao and Cardamom, as well as Indian-flavored desserts from Houston baker Deelish Cupcakes.

Spice in the City comes from Navin Hariprasad and partner Andrew Pettke, who've been doing events for the building for the past couple of years. They grabbed the kitchen once Fuse closed.

As a former dietician at Parkland Hospital, Hariprasad is serving two audiences at Spice: downtown workers in the market for a healthy ethnic lunch to go, and former hospital patients who seek a meal plan. Everything is served in plastic containers (boo), although he claims his California supplier, BottleBox, is better because its packages are made from recycled beverage bottles.

It'll be open weekdays only, from 11 am-2 pm and then 5-9 pm. They'll do catering and also bring amenities to residents of the Dallas Power & Light Building, with Sunday room-service brunch.

"Part of my initiative is in educating people on the fact that you can eat healthier and not have to make the sacrifice associated with typical dieting," he says.