Another weekend has come to an end and as such I decided to treat myself to Spice Restaurant’s Drunk Man Noodles (spicy) w/shrimp and curried chicken puffs. There’s just something magical about broad rice based noodles. Mmmm Mmmm!!!
Looks like a Halloween themed curry puff or somebody done messed up. In either case it’s gonna get eaten.
Whether they call the place SEA or SPICE the food is all good. Best Thai food I’ve had in the city to date.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: The SEA Thai Restaurant Experience Fall 2013
My sister and I had been planning a trip to eat at this place for a few weeks but due to my being under the weather towards the end of last week that didn’t happen. It was finally tonight that we were able to get together and dine at this “sister” restaurant to Spice Thai Restaurant.
Located at 835 Washington St. directly across from the Standard Hotel sits SEA Thai Restaurant another example of great Thai food to be had in the city.
Initially we thought that sitting outside for dinner would be a good idea. That was until reality set in (with the not so subtle reminder from the evening chill) that it would behoove us to move inside to eat and enjoy SEA’s interior like everyone else dining inside.
While initially seated outside we looked over their menu’s and took our time making our selections. Sis went for a Lychee Mojito to start things off while I opted for a Mandarin & Sprite.
Nice presentation on the mojito no doubt. I wouldn’t want to be the bartender having to make mutliples of these throughout the night. According to my sister they are delicious . This was her first “Lychee” version mojito.
After a perusal of their entire menu I zeroed in on my go to appetizers for Thai food which were the curry chicken puffs, curry duck puffs, and spring rolls. Sis settled on sampling some of my curry puffs and spring rolls while selecting wings and ribs for us to try.
Now that’s what you call a spread.
Behold those golden springrolls.
Golden soft pastry shell curried chicken and duck puffs were just the perfect option to have pre main course. Use of the knife and fork are definitely required if you want to take the time to slice and cut to adequate bite size portions, multiple mouthfuls of this excellent appetizer.
It’s not heavy on the palate and has a great blend of sweet with curry flavor permeating throughout. I opted to try both the chicken curry and duck curry because I wanted to see if I could distinguish which was which. Sis said grace to give thanks and bless our meal then it was on.
Yeah yeah we want dem Ribs!!!! Yessum!!!
Wings?…Sho you right!!!
Once the appetizers were destroyed and no evidence remained out came our main courses.
The Pad Thai Fried Rice…
Drunk Man Noodles Spicy w/chicken. Hawhaat?!!!!
So here’s our overall impression of our “Experience @ SEA” 😉
The overall atmosphere while we ate was great because it wasn’t too busy at the time we were seated. The music playing in the background was audible but not so loud we couldn’t have a conversation.
The wait staff were cordial and attentive but not overly so, which was good because I hate to be kept waiting needlessly nor do I like to be interrupted incessantly during a meal. The best service experience I find to have is the one in which the staff is friendly, gives good accurate & prompt service but is for the most part invisible unless really needed for something. SEA managed to do this near seemlessly.
On our “Dinner Plate” scale from 1 – 5 here are our ratings for each appetizer.
Wings = A perfect score of 5 out of 5 “Dinner plates” OOOOO
Curry Chicken/Duck Puffs = A perfect score of 5 out of 5 “Dinner plates” OOOOO
Ribs = 3 1/4 “Dinner plates” OOO[ The ribs were ok but we’ve both had better and so while the presentation was spot on size and taste were about average.
Main Course Rating
Pad Thai Fried Rice = 4 out of 5 “Dinner plates” OOOO This was mostly due to it being a little bland according to my sister. I had no room left to sample it so I take her word for it.
Drunk Man Noodles (Spicy w/Chicken) 5 out of 5 “Dinner plates”OOOOO This was just a pleasure to eat fork by forkfull. The heat from the pepper added to the experience and had a perfect balance of hot but not intolerable runny nose hot. The shredded pieces of chicken throughout the noodle dish is also spot on in terms of there being enough chicken in the dish that you can have some noodles and chicken in every bite.
Attentive, cordial, and seemless execution. 5 out of 5 for service quality.
The final tally came it at well see for yourself…we included a 20% gratuity and called it a night.
SEA is what you would expect to pay for dining out in Meatpacking. Combined with great service and excellent food it is worth it’s price of admission. Would we have preferred a smaller bill? Absolutely, who wouldn’t? Even so SEA Thai Experience we will be back!!!
This Friday I awoke feeling lazy and willing to order out for my first meal of the day. I decided I should first go to the fridge to see if I had anything I could make that was relatively easy and quick. I looked in the freezer and to my happy surprise I found I had several packages of Spinach stuffed Tortellini.
I grabbed the Tortellini and frozen Latkas (Potato Pancakes) and Several Hash Browns. After bringing a pot of water to boil with some salt and canola oil, I added the stuffed Tortellini’s and heated up a griddle for the Latkas and Hash Browns. Once the Tortellini’s were done I strained the water from them and got my bowl and plate.
I felt like I should add something to the Tortellini, but seeing as how I didn’t have any Pesto or Cream Sauce available I added a little spaghetti sauce to them .
With the Hash Browns and Latkas done I placed them on paper towel and added a little ketchup as they required.
Once my brunch was gone, I went about the rest of the day relaxing from a taxing week. When dinner time rolled around I was feeling in no mood to cook and so I made a choice between Pizza and Chinese for dinner and went with the latter. This is my little take out dinner splurge below.
That right there is Sesame Chicken with Pork Fried Rice, an Egg Roll accompanied by sauteed Broccoli & small White Rice.
Yes that is a Chicken wing slipped in there. That’s what the hot sauce was for. All I see is magnificence below.
Now time for some of that Egg Roll.
Feeling the need to touch my greens I shifted my attention towards the Broccoli bowl.
Now that’s what I call a Sea of Green. Wanna taste it? Here put your face up close to the screen and close your eyes…
Here try some rice.
The Sesame Chicken was good. I’ve really only had better in more recent memory eating the same meal at Alpha Asian Fusion Restaurants. The difference between this version I had tonight and Alpha’s is the size of the Chicken chunks and the amount of floured batter.
The floured batter is far less prevalent with Alpha’s adding to it’s quality where you can really taste the chicken chunks versus this one which isn’t bad but clearly has a bit more of the floured batter around the Sesame Chicken which is nothing more than General Tso’s Chicken with Sesame seeds sprinkled on them. Even still I did enjoy bite after bite…
Of course with a meal like this I needed some liquid to wash all this down and so I turned to my Big Cup full of water.
It was a good end to a good meal. The news and a movie put me to bed shortly after. Till next time this has been Friday Meals by THEJNSREPORT.