City of Spice | North Phoenix | Indian | Restaurant
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Dominic Armato

City of Spice

After being disappointed by the Indian restaurants in town, the owners of City of Spice decided that instead of complaining, they’d open their own spot. Co-owner Azher Uddin and his wife, Bhoomi, both have hospitality in their blood, with their families in India running restaurants and catering businesses. At City of Spice, Uddin and his brother and business partner, Syed, want to provide a taste of home and are eager to share the cuisine with those who may be unfamiliar with it. This starts with explanatory slides rotating on the TV screens overhead that give details about specific dishes. The Uddins' dedication likewise comes through in their friendly guidance while you order — and in every bite. There are shatteringly crisp dosa and rich, comforting malai kofta — fried balls of potato and paneer in curry — as well as familiar dishes, such as biryani and kebabs, all expertly executed and bursting with flavor. But take a look at the slides or ask the staff, and taste something you may not have tried before.