Guys, Fire N Spice rocks my world. I stopped in for lunch the day after Thanksgiving because I couldn’t even look at leftovers and needed a big salad and soup to wash the apple pie out of my veins. Also, it’s walking distance from my parents’ house (LUCKY THEM!), and I don’t drive anywhere as a rule on Black Friday cuz it brings out all the crazies.
Fire N Spice is a cozy, quiet, casual, 100% vegan(!) spot, offering ethnic food with Carribean and Indian flavors. The setup is simple – order at the counter, grab a table in the cute dining area, and the food is prepared and brought out to you. The menu is impressive, with salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees, raw dishes, kale chips pizzas, fresh juices and smoothies, and a display case of lovely-looking desserts. But those a la carte options won’t tempt you as much as the cafeteria-style entrees – choose a combination of any three, five, or eight of the dishes available and create your own personal plate of happiness. Trust me, you’ll want to.
My mom and I chose a bunch of the entrees to share – quinoa, jerk tofu, Indian chole, greens, curried potatoes, bbq tofu. I also ordered the Sahai Birthday Salad and a small lentil dal soup (WHAT I WAS HUNGRY WE WALKED THERE).
Seriously, YUM. Everything was perfectly flavored with just the right amount of heat. The greens were fresh and crisp, the quinoa was light and fluffy, the tofu and chickpeas smothered in saucy goodness.
The atmosphere inside is warm and simple, with bright colored walls and ethnic decor. Dining area sits 20, with a new separate sports bar and event space in back. Fire N Spice hosts live music nights, football Sundays and Mondays, game nights, and vegan cooking classes. Really, a beer, Sunday football, and some jerk tofu?! Sunday Funday, people.
I’ll be back, for the food and the service – owner and chef Chris was delightful, chatting with us and describing every dish in detail. His knowledge of food combinations for flavor and health were fantastic, and he happily explained that food tastes so good (and makes you feel great) because it’s cooked with good karma. Somehow, coming from him, the often cliche sentiment was totally genuine.
248 Sisson Avenue, Hartford
Gluten-, nut-, soy-free options available. Dine-in, take-out and catering.