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Before I get started, I’d just like to ask all of you to send some happy fluffy, get-well-soon vibes to my mom (aka Mrs. Herb Garden.)  She took a nasty tumble this weekend and broke both of her knees.  She had surgery today and I while I sat in ‘worry’ mode, I couldn’t help but wonder just how they heck she made it through my multiple reconstructive surgeries and broken bones.  Mom jobs.  They stink.

Anyhoo, back to food. Meet Cayman’s restaurant club.

Rachel – ‘Wanna join a club that meets once a month at a local restaurant and eats as much as they possibly can?’
Me – ‘Yes, please.’

Restaurant Club has been around for a while, but this was the first time I got an inside invite to attend.  This month’s pick was Southern Spice in Baytown Plaza along West Bay Road. Southern Spice opened a few months ago and features ‘traditional Indian cuisine.’ I hadn’t been there before so I was very excited.  Having Rachel and Clark Kent there was an added bonus because I knew I’d get to try a bit of whatever they ordered as well 🙂

For our starters, CK chose the lamb stuffed naan prepared with a ‘blend of spices and cooked in a tandoor oven.’  He says it tasted very good but the portion was a bit overwhelming and it was a touch on the greasy side. Clark Kent gave it a B+ overall.

Rach and I split the Combo Platter #1 with lamb seekh kebabs, chicken tikka and samosas.  The chicken was fantastic.  It was perfectly cooked, perfectly spiced and lasted about 3 minutes before we managed to scarf it all down. The samosas were okay.  They didn’t really have much flavor.  The kebabs were not good.  They were very dry and had an unpleasant consistency.

My main course was Masala Fried Fish; spicy fillet of fresh mahi, grilled and served with Punjabi kadhi. At first bite, things weren’t looking so good.  It was a little fishy and I was immensely disappointed.  I kept eating and I’m glad I did because with the exception of that first bite it was very good.  The spicy sauce was outstanding and the dish was served with some lovely rosemary naan.  Again, WAY too much food, but I suppose that’s better than not enough 🙂

CK had the Chicken Biryani.  ‘Terrific.’  It wasn’t too spicy and he was especially fond of the toasted almonds which he said were a nice touch.

And finally we get to Rachel’s dish, bless her.  I must admit, I may have had a little wine-out-the-nose incident when she likened her Saag Chicken to ‘a bit of swamp.’

We skipped dessert and opted to head to Karma instead for a little post-dinner cocktail.  All in all, we had a lovely time at our first restaurant club event and can’t wait to for next month’s meeting to arrive.

Combo Platter 1: $24.95
Lamb Naan: $7.95
Chicken Biryani: $16.95
Masala Fried Fish: $21.95
Saag Chicken: $16.95

All prices in CI.  $1 CI = $1.20 US

Finally, I just want to let y’all know I’m going to be a little quiet over the next few days because I’m going  to be knee deep in Prathna‘s upcoming wedding.  It will be my first traditional Indian wedding and I cannot WAIT!

Prathlejandro’s beachside ceremony in West Bay
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  1. looks like a great time was had by all and the bride is gorgeous too!

  2. Sending positive thoughts to your mom. Hoping for a speedy recovery. That was quite a tumble-ouch.

    Love, love Indian food. The idea of a restaurant club is a really good one.


    P.S. The “swamp” comment made me smile.

  3. Hope your Mom is feeling better and recovering..
    All that good food looks absolutely tempting:)

  4. Healing thoughts to your mom. That sounds like a terrible fall. 🙁
    Your post definitely has me craving Indian food. That chicken biryani has my stomach grumbling.

  5. I will keep your mum in my daily prayers, and don't worry, she's definitely getting well really soon:)
    I love the sound of your Restaurant Club…lol, lots of gathering, and yeah, eating:p
    With all those eating…hmmm, maybe fitness club is next too…hehehe:D

  6. looks like an awesome club to be in oh and its so you you went to England so sorry to hear about your mum hope she feels better soon

  7. Hi Parsley Sage,
    Just dropping by to ask about your mom, hope she is feeling better. Say hi to her!

  8. Keeping your mom in my thoughts and prayers. And, looking for a club like this one in Phoenix…how awesome!

  9. really sorry about your mom.
    love indian food though. thanks for sharing this.

  10. First, I hope your mom is doing well. How awful to have to go through that!
    Second, a club that meets and eats and eats and eats? Yes, please! Looks like so much fun and the food sounds amazing!

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  12. Happy weekend! Don't forget to come over and share a recipe at Savory Sunday!!

  13. I have always wanted to join a rest club, great eats!! sending your mom well wishes!!


  14. oh that place looks fun and not too expensive! what a great idea for the club!

    have fun with the wedding!

  15. I hope your mother is on a speedy recovery.

    There is nothing better than enjoying with a group of friends this wonderful food spread. Awesome!


  16. Oh no! I hope your mom's recovery goes smoothly. Glad you have an awesome eating group to distract you – and what sounds like a super-fun wedding coming up. Have a wonderful time!

  17. Food and friends – how good!

    Hope your mom is better at this time.

  18. Hope your mom recovers quickly! Enjoy the wedding, I am going to my first traditional Indian wedding next weekend as well and I am very excited!

  19. I'm truly sorry about your poor mom's fall. Not just one knee…but both. She will have to take extra careful for a long recovery…no doubt she has to use a wheel chair. Knees are so sensetive to any kind of pain…I can only imagine the pain she had to endure. Sending positive thoughts, and wishes for a full recovery!

    What a fun time you had at the club, with all the super delicious Indian food…and the wedding couple photo is so lovely!

  20. I'm so sorry about your Mom, wishing her a speedy recovery. Enjoy the wedding 🙂

  21. Sending positive thoughts to your mom for a speedy recovery 🙂 The restaurant club sounds like so much fun! Have a great time at the wedding!

  22. Sorry to hear about your mom. Happy you could enjoy a delicious looking meal.

  23. Sorry about your mom, that sounds terrible. And any thing with Lamb is yummy to me!!

  24. Sooo sorry for your mom! I really hope she recovers fast!!! 🙂

    Lucky girl… what a nice club!!! Another club I would love to join… yum!

  25. Oh, so sorry to hear about your mom!! Sending hope for a speedy recovery!

    This club sounds wonderful. Glad that you were invited to join!! 🙂 Love the entertaining review. The biryani looks especially good!I am going to be posting some recipes from our Indian food exravaganza. We cooked a lot of dishes for my dear friend's graduation this weekend.

  26. Your poor mummy!! I so hope she is on the mend and feeling better.

    As far as the food is concerned – it all looks simply amazing – I had no idea how incredible the food is in the Caymans – YUM!

  27. I'm so sorry about your Mom, here's wishing her a speedy and thorough recovery. That biryani looks tasty, glad the majority of the dishes were tasty 🙂

  28. So sorry to hear about your mother; what a terrible accident breaking both knees. She's in out thoughts and prayers. Love your restaurant club and I think we need to start one up here. Southern Spice seems like a great restaurant. I can't remember the last time I had good Indian food, sigh. For now, I'll just have to read your post and let my imagination drool!

  29. I am sorry to hear about your mom, and hope she is feeling better…Indian food, so yummie! Have fun at your friend wedding 🙂

  30. I hope you Mom will be OK and that the wedding will be beautiful. Have a great time at the wedding. Blessings…Mary

  31. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom! 🙁 Hoping she recovers as quickly as possible.

    I LOVE the idea of a restaurant club. That's brilliant! You have my wheels turning now. Thanks for the review…super fun to read through!

  32. Hope that your mom recovers quickly indeed! How nice to hear that there's an Indian restaurant in Cayman…I remember a friend of mine who lives there bemoaning (years ago) the lack of “ethnic” food. Good to know that that's changing! Enjoy your first Indian wedding, I'm sure that it will be amazing in such beautiful environs!

  33. Poor Mrs Herb Garden! Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    PS, I am looking forward to hearing all about your friend's wedding and the magnificent food.

  34. All the best wishes for your mom to recover quickly!

    Enjoy the wedding and hoping to read about it soon 🙂

  35. Mrs. Herb Garden, Sorry to hear about your knees! Hope you are feeling better now. Please do take care! Get well soon!

    Parsley Sage, your poor mom! It must be really painful! Hope she recovers soon!
    I love Indian food, from your pictures they look really good. Have a good time at the wedding!

  36. Here is a little note for your Mom-
    Even though u're not feeling your best
    With a little time, good care & rest
    It won't be long until the happy day
    When u're feeling fine in every way.
    Love Always

    You share delicious dishes Chicken Biryani is my personal favorite , and it's great to know that you liked it too!
    Indian wedding are full of colors,loud music,dancing and spicy delicious foods….hope you enjoy a rocking time!

  37. Lamb stuffed Naan! YUM!!

    Sending well wishes to your Mommy!!! Hope she is doing well!

  38. Hoping you mom recovers quickly. Sounds like my kind of club, enjoy the wedding.

  39. Pretty pricey for an o.k. meal, no? At least y'all had fun! Sending positive energy to your mom! And have a great time at your friend's wedding!

  40. Looks like a great dinner! And, I hope your mother recovers quickly!

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