Sometimes, good food is worth a little bit of a drive. Spice Avenue in Birkdale is about a 20-30 minute drive from Brisbane city and fits this category.
Britain's beloved Balti style of curry steals the show. Curry is served in large steel balti bowls to be eaten with whatever you fancy; naan bread, rice, or just on its own. The meals are big, but you can take leftovers home if your eyes are bigger than your belly. Be prepared to pay a little more than you would at many Indian restaurants if dining in (the takeaway menu is a little cheaper), but be assured that the quantity and quality is worth the extra money.
The usual favourites are all on offer here — butter chicken, tikka masala, and the classic veggie favourites — using the traditional Balti cooking methods practiced in the UK. The food at Spice Avenue uses great-quality chicken breast in its curries, so you won’t need to worry about any of those gristly bits.
For something different, look to the signature dishes menu. Most of these items are served a little differently and include rice and/or salad and other sides. The fish masala deserves a special mention with its intense, creamy sauce and beautifully marinated fish fillet.
The restaurant itself is large with a sprawling semi-outdoor dining area. The staff are attentive and professional, and the presence of several British staff members will transport you straight to Birmingham, UK. Spice Avenue’s popularity means there is often a full house on the weekends, so booking is recommended.