The Spice Route
May 11, 2018
After years of trying to best each other with super hip venues like Ultra and C Lounge, Toronto nightlife gurus Charles Khabouth and Nick Di Donata decided to join forces. First they created the head-banging classic Tattoo Rock Parlour, and for their next collaboration they looked east. The result was the atmospheric Spice Route. The interior is stunningly opulent and exotic, adorned with accoutrements befitting a Thai palace; there are wall hangings depicting crumbling ancient ruins, a giant Buddha statue towering over customers in the corner, and a 16ft waterfall dividing the bar. Rich, Asian-inspired colours run throughout the open plan rooms, and plush velvet banquettes and booths add to the feel of luxury fit for an Eastern king or queen. The space is massive, and can easily accommodate large party crowds. The Indochinese food wasabi crusted shrimp, Kobe carpaccio and Shanghai edemame salad – can be a bit hit and miss but there’s plenty that’s good about the drinks list particularly their ‘spiked’ teas (check out the chai tea with tequila). Low key beats seep from the sound system and the vibe changes as the night wears on particularly when DJ Julien Nolen is pumping out his pulsing beats. This a place aimed not at the purist foodies, rather those who want to enjoy a decent meal but then stay on for some killer cocktails and a bit of a boogie. The sun trap of a patio is appealingly spacious, with ponds and booths, and their VIP Harem room is something pretty special too.