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A new Indian eatery is spicing up the culinary scene in St. James.

Spice Circle opened on Dec. 6 at Unit 1-2015 Portage Ave. in the former Gus & Tony’s location.
At the family-run restaurant, Ganesh Dutt is already earning attention for cooking up mouth-watering meals. His wife Jyoti Devi and sons Akhil and Nikhil Dutt are also involved in the bustling business.

“My dad has 45 years of experience working in restaurants in different countries,” Nikhil said, who moved to Winnipeg from the Jammu region of India seven years ago.

Supplied photo One of the many dishes available at Spice Circle, which has opened up at 1-2015 Portage Ave.

“He used to work in our part of India, and then from there he went to China and Germany and Hong Kong. He’s the owner and he’s the one who makes everything.”

Although the restaurant has only been open for a short time, already it has gained a loyal following of repeat customers.

“The Veggie Manchurian Dry is the most popular menu item that people seem to like so far at our restaurant,” Nikhil said.

“People think it’s a meatball, but it’s made with all sorts of vegetables. We use our sauce to make it a little spicy and so flavourful.”

Another top vegetarian pick is Karahi Paneer, made with a type of cottage cheese.

“We use a different kind of gravy to make that one more flavourful,” Nikhil said. “Every dish has its own gravy with different flavours.”

For meat eaters, the butter chicken at Spice Circle is generating quite a buzz.

“People have told us that our butter chicken here is totally different from all the other restaurants,” Nikhil said.

“They really like it. It’s interesting to me that they found something different here.”

Spice Circle’s extensive menu also includes thali combos, goat and lamb entrees, seafood selections and biryani mixed rice dishes.

For desserts, galub jamuns are a must-try sweet treat, while the mango lassi is favourite beverage to sip.

Word of the new restaurant is spreading quickly as more and more customers walk through the doors each day.

“When people come in one time, then they come back again and again. That’s what’s happening so far,” Nikhil said.

“We are really happy with everything and we’re grateful for the support from the community.”
Spice Circle is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 204-416-0782 or check out the Spice Circle page on Facebook. 

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