Spice on Charles is ready to spice up Launceston

AUTHENTIC INDIAN: Spice on Charles is introducing the authentic flavours of Indian cuisine to Launceston with their made-to-order dishes. Picture: Supplied
AUTHENTIC INDIAN: Spice on Charles is introducing the authentic flavours of Indian cuisine to Launceston with their made-to-order dishes. Picture: Supplied

It's been a busy time for Bali Singh and business partner Jai Singh.

As new owners of Spice on Charles, previously known as Aaj India, and its sister restaurant Hari's Curry, they've been busy introducing Launceston to the flavours of Indian food made 100 percent from scratch.

"We cook everything from scratch; everything's made with local ingredients fresh each day," Bali said.

"It's an authentic taste of India where everything is made to order," he said.

Marrying Indian flavours with high-quality Tasmanian ingredients has been a long-held dream of Bali's since he began working in the state as a chef seven year's ago.

"Tasmania is amazing and has so much to offer; I love Launceston and it was my dream to serve this community on very personal level," Bali said.

After stints at Pickled Evenings and the Launceston Country Club, Bali felt the timing was right to open his own venture - and he knew Jai would be the perfect person to join him.

"We have no affiliation with the previous owners, but felt it was the right place when the business came up."

Bali Singh

"Jai and I have been friends for years, we are both qualified chefs and thought the time was right to open our own," he said.

"We have no affiliation with the previous owners, but felt it was the right place when the business came up."

"We took over October 11, changed the brand, completely cleaned the restaurants inside and out, installed new equipment - and then started cooking."

Bali and Jay have enlisted family to help run both Spice on Charles and Hari's Curry, and the service is winning as much praise as the food.

"My brother Anuraj and Jai's brother-in-law Pranav Brar are running the businesses and doing a wonderful job," Bali said.

"Working together as a family has been something we dreamed of doing."

Restaurant-goers are in for a treat when they visit Spice of Charles, with perennial favourites like butter chicken and lamb rogan josh joining new favourites.

"We've tried to introduce diners to some new dishes they may not have tried," Bali said.

"Our chettinad is our signature dish and we're the first place offering it in Launceston," he said.

Made by toasting spices with coconut to produce a masala with a slight aniseed scent, its flavours have been taking the city by storm.

And with dine-in, takeaway, Uber Eats and Menulog options available, there are plenty of opportunities to try Spice of Charles' signature recipes.

Spice on Charles is open for dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tues - Sun (closed Mon) and lunch 12 noon - 3:00pm, Fri - Sun (depending on demand). Visit them at 146-148 Charles St.

Hari's Curry offers takeaway options seven days from 152 York Street.

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