Sometimes it isn't about the food, it's about the experience. The smells, the sights, the laughter and the memories.
With Great Spice in Bureta, it's about all of the above and more.
Great Spice is all about the ‘great' – great interior, great food, great table service and, of course, great spice.
But it's better than great – it's superb!
The delicious made-from-scratch cuisine may very well be the reason why Great Spice Tandoori Indian Restaurant does so well and is expanding throughout Tauranga.
And if Bureta is a bit far away from home, there are two other great locations – Omanu and Papamoa – where you can get the fantastic dine-in experience or the convenience of take-away or free delivery within the area.
With an authentic feel, the interior is classy and transports the diner to a whole new world. Indian aromas, chatter, music and smells fill the senses from the moment you walk through the door.
Walking into the restaurant, the nose is filled with the smell of fantastic spices wafting from the kitchen as well as traditional Indian incense, and it makes for a beautiful combination.
And the food is incredible. Great Spice's authentic tasting dishes all come in generous portion sizes at very reasonable prices, whether you're ordering a takeaway or treating yourself to a dine-in experience.
Impeccably presented, fantastic smelling and delivered to your table with a smile, the food is a true culinary delight.
Restaurant owner and chef Bishnu has plenty of experience in the Indian restaurant and dining experience game, and it's evident thanks to the professional and classy restaurants he manages throughout Tauranga.
His curries are authentic and have large, tender portions of meat in them, along with creamy curry and fluffy white basmati rice. Each dish is a delight to look at and a delicacy to eat.
The cheese and garlic naan bread is filled with gooey cheese and the sharp taste of fresh garlic, and you are given large slices of the Indian bread side – more than enough to clean up your curry bowl when you've finished your rice.
Everything is perfectly presented, with astounding attention to detail, right down to the generous sprinkling of slivered almonds on top of the lamb korma.
Perhaps the hardest part of ordering from Great Spice is choosing which items from their expansive menu to try, or waiting for your order while the smell of it cooking teases you from the kitchen.
But it's worth the tease, and the meal lives up to the delicious smell.
And just when you think it can't get any better, the dessert menu reminds you of exactly why you have that dessert stomach.
The mango kulfi is the perfect way to finish your meal – a cool, sweet dessert that cleanses the palette and settles the meal.
And Great Spice is now offering the chance to experience their cuisine with your work colleagues, friends or family.
The restaurants are offering to host Christmas parties, and these bookings receive a special price.
Up to four people can dine in at this gorgeous restaurant for $40 per person, including the choice of one of three different mains, one of four different starters, a naan bread, and a beer or wine.
Six or more guests can dine in for $40, including the choice of one of three different mains, one of four different starters, a naan bread, and a beer or wine and a dessert.
So what are you waiting for?
A fantastic Indian curry experience is waiting for you.