Jazz up your life at Island Spice
Chantelle Lewin | Sun
Left to right, Ramkumar Kamatchi, Vijayakumar
Muthusamy, Baskaran Jeyachandren and Narendrasingh
Saud feature Indian and American dishes.
Most of us love food we talk about it, think about it, plan for it and of course consume it, but don't you sometimes just get bored with the average menu choices offered. Occasionally you need to shake it up a little. After all, variety is the spice of life.
It's a long way from Tamil Nadu, located on the southern tip of the Indian peninsula, to Anna Maria Island, but four friends all found their way here. Since they had shared experiences in the hotel and restaurant business in the Caribbean and in Colorado, opening a restaurant on our Island was a natural choice.
In February Ramkumar Kamatchi, Vijayakumar Muthusamy, Narendrasingh Saud and Baskaran Jeyachandren opened The Island Spice restaurant in Bradenton Beach. The partners' concept was to design a multi-cuisine restaurant offering authentic Indian dishes along with American dishes, providing the ability for friends dining together to all have a choice.
The Island Spice is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can eat in its bright, open dining room or call in an order to go on your way home from the beach. Its breakfast menu has a variety of eggs choices including Eggs Benedict in addition to pancakes, Belgian waffles, lox and bagels and French toast. For lunch you can choose from a blackened fish sandwich, a Rueben, a burger and more in addition to Indian and curry dishes.
Dinners feature curried lamb, shrimp curry and chicken dishes as well as vegetarian choices liked curried potato and spinach and curried chickpeas among others. The Island Spice also has beer and wine offering six different tap beers and house wine. Their prices are affordable, and most people take home some of the large portions offered.
The partners have future plans for their young business including a further development of their menu choices to include Asian and Caribbean dishes complementing the existing Indian and American dishes creating a true fusion multi-cuisine establishment.
They also are planning on stepping up their take out and catering business with the ability to cater parties up to 100 people with a variety of cultural dishes. They view catering as an every day event, not just for parties, and encourage local businesses, clubs and family get togethers of all sizes to think outside the box the when next ordering out. Shortly their website will allow orders to be placed on line.
So the next time your husband wants a burger and you're dying for curry, you'll know exactly where to go. If indeed variety is the spice of life, then The Island Spice is the way to shake up your food choices by offering a range of menu items to put the spice back in your life.
The Island Spice
1701 Gulf Dr. N.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
All major credit cards