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The Scoop: Spice of India opens in Olivette

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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Restaurateur Sukhjinder Singh has added a third restaurant to his portfolio of eateries. As first reported by St. Louis Magazine, Singh opened Spice of India in Olivette last month at 10633 Page Ave., in the space that formerly housed Peshwa. Singh also owns Aroma Indian Grill in Hazelwood and Taj Indian Cuisine in Edwardsville.

Singh said the location was a logical choice for another restaurant. “We have an Indian store next to us, and there is a large Indian population in the area,” he said.

Spice of India specializes in cuisine of northern India, and the expansive menu is loaded with appetizers, street food items, soups, salads and a host of larger plates. Beverages include a small selection of beer and wine, plus a couple of lassi variations.

The restaurant also has a daily lunch buffet and an all-day Sunday buffet for those who want a smaller selection to choose from. The space seats approximately 55, and catering is also available. Spice of India is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 9:30 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Spice of India

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First Look: LuLu Asian Kitchen in Olivette

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

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LuLu Seafood and Dim Sum has gone fast-casual with its first LuLu Asian Kitchen location, now open at 9626 Olive Blvd., in Olivette. As The Scoop reported in July, another LuLu Asian Kitchen location will soon open at 9737 Manchester Road in Rock Hill, with more locations in the works.

Popular staples from Lulu Seafood and Dim Sum will be rotating entrees at Lulu Asian Kitchen, along with more traditional Chinese dishes and some exclusive to the new concept, like the caramelized bourbon chicken, which makes use of the new kitchen’s grill.

Entrees can be ordered in different combinations as bowls, plates or platters, or folded into Asian burritos with rice and toppings. There are also soups, salads and lighter to-go options like spring rolls and sushi. Fountain drinks are joined by a handful of beer and wine offerings.

“The quality is the same as the main location. We just have more limited options and faster service,” said co-founder Julia Li.

Lulu Asian Kitchen is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a grand opening event on Wednesday, Dec. 14 from 3 to 9 p.m. with free food and drink. Here’s a first look at what to expect from Olivette’s new fast-casual spot:

 

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More about LuLu Asian Kitchen
• The Scoop: LuLu Asian Kitchen to open in Olivette and Rock Hill

What I Do: Julia Li of Lu Lu Fresh Express

• First Look: LuLu Chicnese and Dim Sum Truck

Photos by Michelle Volansky

 

Hit List: 4 new places you must try this month

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

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1. Avenue: 12 N. Meramec Ave., Clayton, 314.727.4141, avestl.com

Chef-owner Bryan Carr’s Clayton restaurant is one part Pomme, one part Pomme Café and one part something new and different. While regulars of the now-shuttered Pomme will still find their favorites on the dinner menu (rainbow trout amandine, eggplant involtini and Apples for Olivia dessert, to name a few), Carr has added new entrees, small plates and even a daily selection of fresh oysters. Don’t miss a starter of wild mushrooms with burrata on toasted baguette, or a fresh kale salad sporting farro, snap peas, roasted apples and walnuts. With weekday breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. and a late-night bar menu of sandwiches and light bites (that you can enjoy with a classic cocktail, glass of wine or a bottled brew), Avenue has something to nosh almost any time hunger strikes.

 

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2. The Side Project Cellar: 7373 Marietta Ave., Maplewood, 314.224.5211, sideprojectbrewing.com

The Side Project Cellar is the newest watering hole for those seeking well-crafted brews. Among the 24 taps, expect Belgian ales, rare brews and, of course, creations from Side Project Brewing, the gypsy beer operation by founder Cory King (also head brewer at Perennial Artisan Ales). The Side Project Cellar is serious about serving beer at its best. Consider: a three-temperature draft system that King built himself, 10 types of glassware and even traditional wicker lambic baskets to keep the bottle on its side so the yeast doesn’t cloud your glass. Beer nerds can camp out at one of two bars in this wood-heavy, 50-seat spot, along with whiskey drinkers who can swirl and sniff dozens of whiskeys served neat, on the rocks or with water. No mixers – this is a tasting bar, after all.

 

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3. Larder & Cupboard: 7310 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.300.8995, larderandcupboard.com

Does anyone need artisanal barrel-aged fish sauce? Maybe not, but you’ll come up with plenty of reasons to stock up after a visit to Maplewood’s newest specialty food shop. Once an interior design showroom, the space is now filled with delicious small-batch goodies. While St. Louis-area labels such as Marcoot Jersey Creamery (cheese), SeedGeeks (honey, heirloom seeds and more) and Salume Beddu (cured meat) are represented at Larder & Cupboard, explore edibles new to The Lou like the unbelievably satiny Annabella Buffalo Creamery dulce de leche and sweet-tart Wineforest elderberry shrub. The shop even carries foodstuffs by producers who have earned national accolades for their sustainable production methods, which means you can fill your shopping basket to the brim guilt-free.

 

4. Sugarfire Pie: 9200 Olive St., Suite 108, Olivette, 314.736.6300, sugarfirepie.com

Promising “Everything Pie,” pastry ace Carolyn Downs and the team at Sugarfire Pie needed some elbow room in which to bake – so they set up shop two doors down from sister restaurant Sugarfire Smoke House in Olivette. The hip interior (murals of aproned homemakers holding up pie, Twin Peaks memorabilia and Cyndi Lauper spinning on vinyl) seats 40 with room to stand at the glass wall and observe the pie production in the kitchen. Try the seasonal versions of baked creations like bread pudding, hand pies or whoopie pies, then move on to the candy bar-esque pie Hello Dolly or one of Downs’ decadent pie cakes (yes, pie baked inside a cake). For dessert (ha!), wash it down with an all-local float made with Excel soda and Ronnie’s ice cream, or hit up the self-serve frozen custard bar and its myriad toppings, including pie crumbles.

 

-photos by Michelle Volansky

 

The Scoop: SugarfirePie to open in Olivette

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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{Carolyn Downs of soon-to-open Sugarfire Pie}

Desserts are taking center stage at Sugarfire Smoke House’s latest venture set to open this October in Olivette – a sweets-centric storefront showcasing the pies and treats of co-owner and long-time pastry chef Carolyn Downs. As initially reported by Feast Magazine, Sugarfire Pie will be located in the former space of L’Ecole Culinare Academy at 9200 Olive Blvd., which happens to be a mere two doors down from the original Sugarfire Smoke House.

Sugarfire co-owner Mike Johnson said Sugarfire Pie is a solution to the cramped conditions and growing demands Downs has faced while baking in the Olivette kitchen. “We have such little space, and we’re cooking there 24 hours a day,” said Johnson, who estimates that Downs bakes roughly 500 pies a week and a few hundred cookies each day.

Downs, who also owns and bakes at the dessert-driven Cyrano’s in Webster Groves, plans to capitalize on the new space by adding to her repertoire of decadent creations. Alongside her infamous crack pie (a pie we love so much that it made our list of 10 Pies to Try) and chocolate chip cookies studded with flakes of smoked sea salt, Downs plans to churn out soft serve chocolate and vanilla custard that will be topped with everything from crumbled slices of pie and cake to Sugarfire’s own house-made bacon dipped in chocolate.

Downs’ lineup of pies will come in all shapes and sizes, including pop tarts, hand pies, gooey butter pies and whoopie pies. She also plans to offer Cyrano’s bread pudding, a cake of the week and a variety of cookies.

Inside Sugarfire Pie, an open kitchen will allow guests to watch as Downs and her team mix, roll and bake their creations. Johnson estimates about 16 seats and said the shop will be decked out in a 1950s motif with an eclectic spirit similar to Sugarfire Smoke House. Expect to see retro TV sets, tile mosaics and plenty of vintage mid-century décor.

Sugarfire Pie will be open daily for dine-in or carryout service and will offer online ordering. Specific hours have yet to be determined.

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