Spicy Affair, South Melbourne
I always go for the underdog, but maybe less so when it means an hour wait for my lunchtime bite. Spicy Affair continues an awkward level of service as did is predecessor, only matched by the store ambiance that swings from gentle Bollywood music to Dr Dre.
We had a somewhat large group and perhaps that threw off the staff of two (not counting an adorable, but entirely impractical toddler that was there). The food came extremely slowly, but at least accurately, with the naan bread freshly done and smelling great. Our neighbouring tables were one stanza away from a walkout and as a patron you experience a cocktail sense of guilt, anger, hunger and confusion.
I had the lunch special ($12-ish) which also came with rice, dhal, raita and a choice which I went with butter chicken to keep things simple. The curry was good enough, sweet and creamy, but four pieces of chicken wasn’t quite enough or at the right ratio with the other quantities.
Pro tip: move meetings later in the day or stick to small groups or takeaway