Edited on February 8, 2010: I’m sad to say that I’ve discovered this restaurant has shut its doors for the last time this past month. A steakhouse by the name of Big Mama’s has re-opened in its place and I’m gonna look forward to trying this place out!
1527 S. Cariboo Highway
Williams Lake, BC V2G 2W3
Open 1:30-1:30pm (lunch) and 5:30-8:30pm (dinner). Closed Sundays and Mondays.
July 28th, 2009
Was minding my own business at work today when I noticed a fax sitting in the fax machine that had just come in earlier this morning. It was this week’s menu for the Blue Spoon. It had butter chicken on it! I hadn’t intended to start my first restaurant review until at least this weekend when Mr O and I were due to make a trip down to the coast… but c’mon… I’m soooOoOo there for butter chicken!
Blue Spoon is primarily a catering company and had only recently re-opened its on-site restaurant. Turns out they hired a new chef who happened to specialise in East Indian cuisine and they now offer a daily buffet menu comprised of different types of curry.
I showed the copy of fax to Miss B and she was just as excited about it as I was. We decided right then to have lunch there today and arrived at the restaurant a little after 1pm along with Miss J.
It was a miserable 32c outside with an unfavourable humidex and although the lovely smells of tumeric and cumin enticed our olfactory senses as we stepped through the doors, we noticed there wasn’t much of a significant drop in temperature inside the building. We saw past the heat though because we was hun-ga-ry. But the first order of protocol… you must pay for your meal upfront along with your drink. Miss J was the only one out of our trio to try the mango lassi, a slushy-like drink made primarily of mangos and yogurt, designed to cut the heat inside your mouth. I just wasn’t in the mood for a sweet drink, but as it turned out, I found myself wishing I had ordered it as the meal progressed.
We opted for the buffet style menu, which went for $12.50 per adult, and $7.00 per child. They also offer a daily special, which just happened to be a samosa plate today, in addition to a western style menu for those with a less adventurous palate (chicken strips anyone?)
Now, I love spicy food but my poor taste buds just do not have the tolerance for the heat. So the vegetable pakora (fritter), mixed veggies and palak paneer (cheese curry and spinach) were mild enough even for a wuss like me! And of course, the star of the show… butter chicken! Whole pieces of dark meat smothered in a creamy, tomato-based curry sauce… Yum! The more I ate the more heaty it got inside my mouth… but everything was so good! There was also dal makhni available which is a lentil type dish that Miss B tried and told me that it was pretty spicy. None for me, thanks.
There was raita, a yogurt and cucumber dip that reminded me a lot of liquified tzatziki, which helped to cool everything down and the cilantro chutney was absolutely to die for! And of course, the meal just isn’t complete without the steamy basmati rice and naan. Seriously, I could just sit there with a bowl of butter chicken and naan and noshed on it all day. In fact, Miss B and I went back for seconds.
Good food, good company, good view… Oh yes, the eating area is surrounded with windows that look down onto Williams Lake. It’s very picturesque, especially on a clear blue day with the sun shining down onto the water like it was today. However, this created an almost green house-like effect inside and the few fans placed strategically about, working at full tilt, just didn’t do anything to cool the place down.
So it was by this point that the heat was really starting to get to me and I could feel a layer of moisture beginning to form on my skin. I was even wiping my face down with a napkin and fanning myself with my hand like a wannabe southern belle. It was hard to determine if my current predicament was mostly due to the spicy nature of the food or due to the warmth inside the room. Hoping to rectify at least one of the possible factors, the three of us headed for the chilled buffet for dessert.
Both Miss B and Miss J opted for the rice pudding. I, however, being Chinese hold firm to the idea that rice do NOT have any business trying to pass itself off as a dessert item. Instead, I stuck with the fruit salad. There was also gajar ka halwa, which is apparently a very popular dessert made from simmered carrots, but none of us tried it.
In the end, Miss B persuaded me to try the pudding and I was surprised to find that it tasted very much like a thinned-out congee with a light hint of cardamom. It was quite pleasant actually, except according to Miss B it should’ve had a much thicker consistency. I suspect that the rice pudding had fallen victim to the heat.
By now we were well and truly stuffed. We toddled out of the dining room and back into the stifling Cariboo heat, but not before Miss B grabbed a small sample of the candied fennel seeds that was available for tasting by the cashier’s desk. Traditionally, Indians offer this after meals to aid in digestion, as well to cut the smell of curry from one’s breath. As it was suppose to taste like black licorice and I was already done work for the day, I passed on this opportunity.
Mr O can just deal with my curry kisses :)