Meals at The Spice Jammer come to your table in one of four ways: mild, medium, hot, or extra hot. True to its name, the restaurant won't skimp on the spice in its East African-style Indian cuisine, but it can also accommodate guests with more sensitive palates or irrational grudges against turmeric. The menu emphasizes home-style cooking methods, with chefs roasting meats in a traditional tandoori oven or simmering them in zesty gravies. Plates of prawns, chicken, and lamb follow openers of samosas or stuffed naan, and vegetarian curries pack equal amounts of flavour into meat-free morsels of spinach, peas, and potatoes. Inside the dining room, the leafy fronds of tall, decorative plants offset the warmth of red and cream-coloured walls.
Pemba has taken her love of cooking and refined it over the years, with the result that every dish is her own original recipe. Even as a child in Kalimpong, a small village in the Himalayas, Pemba was drawn to the art of cooking. That love stemmed from her mother?s culinary lessons at home, which taught her how to blend spices and create curries from scratch. Now, decades later, Pemba channels her ever-growing passion for cooking into each dish she handcrafts at her eatery, Tibetan Kitchen. The eatery has even been so successful that it's even been featured on Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here!.
?[It is] very important to eat with your eyes first,? Pemba told CTV?s mmMonday restaurant news segment, which is why she artfully plates each hefty portion on the menu. As diners sit amid ruby-red walls and Buddhist-inspired d?cor, their plates arrive full of locally sourced ingredients, with not a trace of MSG anywhere. Pemba?s dishes use ingredients from nearby Metchosin, with free-range chicken and berkshire pork ethically raised at Stillmeadow Farm, while Perry Bay Sheep Farm, contributes fresh lamb. She then pairs these local meats, including AAA Alberta beef, with fresh vegetables and mild, house-ground spices, creating flavourful soups, made-from-scratch momos (Tibetan dumplings), and wild sockeye salmon straight from Mother Nature?s personal stash. Pemba also handcrafts mild curries?medium and hot available upon request?using a gluten-free or dairy-free substitute with a creamy cashew sauce base. Because many dishes use nuts, Tibetan Kitchen cannot alter menu items to accommodate nut allergies.
At Naanraj Coffee & Curry, chefs whip up fluffy loaves of naan, plates of rich butter chicken, succulent tandoori meats, and zesty curry. Guests sip freshly brewed coffee in the shade-covered tucked-away courtyard, or dine on palak paneer and chicken wraps in the cozy caf? interior.
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