Customer Reviews

Spice Centre is certainly the best Indian grocery store in Edmonton and among the best ethnic grocery stores around. I've been here quite a few times (since I'm Indian and need my curry powder) and have never been disappointed with the availability of things.

As the name suggests, they sell spices! A lot of spices - believe you me. I also like that it is custom packet, possibly at their store itself and usually one can find small packets of spices, which is great. It's of course particularly good for Indian spices which, on many occasions, is a mixture of several known dry ingredients. Classic spice powders like garam masala, channa masala, tandoori chicken powders etc. are available abundantly.

Now, apart from spices they have a vast variety of lentil beans, rice and other grains packaged in 250 gm or 500 gm sizes for easy use. In fact, they might have just 6-8 different brands of basmati rice! As Gord also mentioned, they have some Caribbean stuff out here. In particular, the Cassava chips are something I LOVE! I don't remember the brand name, but they're delicious. Lots of Indian pickles and other such items, like in most other ethnic stores, dress a couple of aisles. If you're into Bollywood, they rent out DVDs. I haven't yet borrowed any, so I don't know what the rental policy etc. is.

A small collection of fresh vegetables, mostly things that you wouldn't find in a Safeway, However, I have only on few occasions purchased veggies from here simply because that's not the reason for me to visit the store. Don't be afraid of the freezer section. There are some nice little frozen food items there that aren't necessarily healthy, but so tasty and, at times, hits the spot!
I like this store. It covers all my basic needs that I have when it comes to cooking Indian food. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try getting some authentic spices
Aditya R Edmonton, AB

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My first trip to Spice Centre was for a hard-to-find spicy pepper needed for a Jamaican dish. I noticed most of the food in the store was geared towards Indian food, which leads me to my second trip to the store...

The second time we went to the store, my wife and I spent a lot more time in there. It was actually the meeting place for "Shop, Cook, and Eat: Indian," a cooking class offered by the City of Edmonton through the City Arts Centre. We met the teacher at the store, and she walked us through the staples of Indian cooking, including the different legumes, spices, and packaged food offered by the store. It was a great time, and helped us with planning our future purchases.

A few days after our class we went back to the store and picked up various spices for a dish we were cooking. I also grabbed some spicy Jamaican patties, and a few other things. I chatted with one of the employees, and he helped answer a couple of questions I had, and even suggested a few things I may want to pick up on my next visit.

This is definitely the place to go if you enjoy Indian food, or even some other ethnic dishes. It can be a bit intimidating if you don't know what something is, but they have many helpful people working at the store that can answer any questions you have. I can't wait to go back again soon!

Gord L. Edmonton, AB
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