When I first visited Scene in Spinningfields I have to admit, I wasn’t impressed. I went to the launch party and whilst the food we tried tasted good, it was a little samey and not dissimilar to anything else already available in the city centre. So when I was asked to review the menu I was full of hope that the regular menu would offer something a bit more.
Settled with the menu we were pleasantly surprised by the variety of the dishes and I was particularly impressed with the Super Food menu filled with healthier options you never normally see at an Indian restaurant. The restaurant is vast yet light and airy with a terrace at the back for sunnier days.
Unable to choose between the starters we decided to go for the Meat Sharing Platter which contained more than enough meat for the two of us. Chicken 65 was my favourite and is a classic street food dish from Chennai. Thigh meat is marinated in herbs and spices before being fried giving a deliciously rich flavour without being too hot. The Chicken Tikka was equally as good with soft and juicy chicken chunks, lightly spiced ready for dunking in the cool sauce. Some tikka can be really dry but this was cooked beautifully. The Lamb Chops were slightly overdone when charred but the spice level was lovely and the Fish Amritsari had been fried with a crunchy coating. The Chicken Wings were fiery and easily the hottest thing on the plate so I only had one but there were loads so ample to share.
My friend went with a classic and chose the King Prawn Tikka Masala with Rice and Naan Bread. The prawns were a great size and were spiced well with a creamy yet rich order cymbalta online sauce. The naan bread was one of the best I have eaten in a while. It is so easy for restaurants to get the basics wrong and overcook things like this but this one was soft and fluffy with a slight bite making it perfect for dipping in the leftover sauce.
I went healthy and chose a dish from the Super Food menu. High protein and low carb, you choose a protein, a superfood salad and a side dish. The rib eye steak was cooked as requested and was a lovely piece of steak. The quinoa had been infused with lime for a zesty tang and the addition of cranberries and pomegranate for a fruity yet slightly sour twist. I chose the most different option from the superfood salads list with the watermelon salad. Juicy and fresh chunks of watermelon scattered with chopped pistachios and mint for a bit of added freshness. It really helped to cleanse my palate and, had I chosen a dessert, was the perfect opener.
We were far too full to consider dessert but there was a lovely selection of traditional Indian dishes like Kheer as well as mainstream options like Chocolate Fondant. They are definitely on my radar for my next visit and I am so glad I gave Scene a second chance after I had left the opening unimpressed. It just goes to show that you should never judge a restaurant by their opening and how different it actually is when you visit for a full meal. Well done Scene, healthy Indian cuisine and some ‘away from the norm’ options that will encourage me back soon.
I dined as a guest of Scene and was not asked to pay for my food.