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!!!
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Monday Night Dinner at Home…Sort of.
With my mood matching that of the day’s weather staying in at home on a gloomy day felt great. I mean what a luxury to do nothing but listen to music and lounge about while contemplating what to have for dinner.
The brilliant idea of heating up Thai food I bought the day before but hadn’t gotten to just made sense. It’s as if I knew without knowing that I’d not venture out to the city today and would at some point face the question of what to have for dinner. I mean apples, oranges, juice, and cookies can only hold you over for half a day right?
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S Fall Food Review 2012: Spice Edition!!!
Post Hurricane Sandy and the Noreaster we just witnessed I decided to treat myself to a Thai dinner and thought of none other than Spice. Spice has several locations throughout the city. Two are clustered in Chelsea on 8th ave and another lone location is in Union Square. No matter which location you go to the food is the same which in my opinion is a very good thing. I decided to go with a sampling of the appetizer menu and then a main course.
We’ll begin with the Curry Puffs, followed by the Golden Fritters, then Fresh Summer Rolls, chased and topped off with Fried Calamari and a lime to cleanse the palate.
The Appetizer Spread
The Curry Puffs
The Curry Puffs say Chuuch!!!
The Curry Puffs I actually dove into first just because their flaky pastry shell looked so deliciously golden I had to see what they were like. First off I have to say these Curry Puffs are the bomb if for nothing else than their flaky pastry shell on it’s own. The inside is filled with potato and peas and curry pureed together with some spices. The overall experience is amazingly good. The sauce provided is sweet and compliments the puffs but I think they are good enough to eat on their own. There is a sweet after taste that lingers on the tongue after each bite. I would put it on par if not slightly above some Indian Samosa’s I’ve had in the past.
Hallelujah!!! This here is wisdom.
After this bite I had immediate understanding. The genius of the combination puff pastry with curry puree’ is beyond smart!!! If I had known they were going to taste as amazing as they did, I would have ordered at least two more orders of this delicious appetizers.
The challenge includes use of chopsticks. My tools. I look at them like bamboo staffs for adroit hands. Bow to your competition and…BEGIN!!
Hawhaat?!!! I need it, have to taste it.
Now for the honest review of the Fried Calamari. Overall they were fried to golden perfection and had that expected lightly greasy goodness to them. They were light and bursting with flavor into your mouth. However, the salt content in these bad boys were just too much for me to ignore. I otherwise found them very enjoyable. The tang of the sauce that accompanied the saltiness in the calamari only compounded the thought that eating all of these would give me high blood pressure or a massive migraine. I have to say in this appetizer Spice dropped the ball or the entire salt shaker into the batter. Not good.
Um absolutely NOT what I wanted to taste again after the first bite sans sauce or with sauce.
These summer rolls were given to me in my order I believe by error of the server who took my order as I wanted Spring rolls and not summer rolls I was expecting fried goodness wrapped with the skill of a master chef and what I received were these Caterpillar like cocoons of wrapped raw vegetables that were bland and actually almost cause me to vomit after the first bite had been down all of a minute. I don’t know if that’s a sign that I tend to prefer my foods (when I have a pig out day) to be fried verses raw. It really is a shock to the system. So maybe I’m a bit prejudiced against the summer rolls but I feel in my honest opinion they were awful.
The Main Course
Behold the impressive and out right winner in my opinion of favorite plain yet amazing dish. The Black Noodles with Chicken (Spicy). :p
For my entree after piquing my appetite with the appetizers I approached my Black Noodles and Chicken. Generally speaking I tend to like my dishes with some heat to them. So ordering Thai food I wanted to taste my favorite noodle dish with crushed red pepper. On the heat index I like mild heat to making you sweat and your nose run kind of spice. The crushed red pepper has a distinct flavor and heat that just marries well when combined with sugar like the sugar in the sauce that the black noodles are drenched in.
From Above. Behold perfection.
Knowing what I know now about the awesome wonder that is the Black Noodles and Chicken (Spicy) anything can be dealt with once the first bite of this dish hits your mouth including the over salted Fried Calamari and the underwhelming if not nauseating Summer Rolls. Do you see it? Can you understand it? As they say seeing is believing, but I say while the candy for the eye is a sight to behold, tangible taste that either sublimely matches or surpasses the appearance of the dish is what it’s all about. The experience. The opposite is true if the taste of the dish lacks in comparison to it’s presentation and appearance. That being said, this dish has the perfect balance of flavors between the perfectly cooked slices of chicken and vegetables interwoven between broad rice noodles cooked in a sweet dark sauce and topped off with crushed red pepper. As I said previously. Behold perfection.
This in my opinion is the best noodle dish I’ve had to date and will always have as an “Ace in the hole” go to as an entree. So in sum Spice has a very worthy array of food offerings that can serve as great comfort foods and simple yet sophisticated master pieces of culinary art such as The Black Noodles with Chicken (Spicy). Till next time this has been Fall Food Review: Spice Edition by THEJNSREPORT.