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Spice Cafe at 5 West Condos (Cgy)?

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Spice Cafe at 5 West Condos (Cgy)?

John Manzo | Jun 10, 2008 01:28 PM

I had a nice bowl of Malaysian chicken curry w/ rice at the Spice Cafe on 11th Ave SW (across from Cookbook Co et al, next to Broken City) - I know some folks probably find it uninteresting but it was just what the doctor ordered, with perfect melting potatoes, a really comforting dish. On the door of this location (which is only open M-F and only until 5) are listed other locations (eg the one in Kensington is 7 days and later hours). One listing is on 5th Ave downtown and it's the 900 block so it must be the one in 5 West (the huge, twin condo towers at 5th Ave and 9 St), and it says "fine dining." I ask what that means and the gal behind the counter says "you have to make a reservation." I clarify, "is it a Malaysian menu?" and she says she thing so. I ask if I can get roti canai and again she thinks so.

I'll try to remember to head that way sometime, but does anybody have any info? This place (the whole chain) is run by the fellow who once ran Malay Wok, a superb place in the space that is now Han's, and the very first place I ate after moving to Calgary. I don't recall roti canai on the menu but do recall superb laksa and similarly superb beef curry. At any rate it would be nice to have most Malaysian options in Calgary!

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