Spice I Am is, in our opinion, possibly the best Thai restaurant in Sydney. Located in Victoria Street Darlinghurst, opposite the famous Tropicana Coffee Shop, the birthplace of TropFest. The minimalist décor is very elegant and stylish, in dark tones, giving a feeling of warmth. There is even a semi-private dining area in one corner, perfect if you have a large group.
When we visited for lunch recently, we received a very warm welcome from Mimi, who after showing us to our table, explained that they had both an a la carte menu and a special lunch menu from which to choose.
The lunch menu offered a good selection of light meals, priced from $9.50, including Fried Fish Balls and Moo Daed Deaw (Marinated Pork Strips) along with Soups and Stir Fries from $14 such as Mee Hokkien (Phuket Style) and Pad Kee Mao (spicy noodles).
Most dishes came with a full description, and many with a picture.
We placed ourselves in Mimi’s hands who selected for us. Mimi, who is from Ayuthaya, the old capital of Thailand, patiently explained the ingredients of each dish plus its degree of spiciness. If we had been making our own selections, we probably would not have chosen many of the dishes selected for us, thus missing out on some incredible flavours.
Spice I Am is the only Thai restaurant in Sydney that serves the entrée, Bour Tod, a Phuket style fritter of green prawns on crispy betel leaf with chilli sauce, crushed roasted cashew nuts and coriander. Consisting of six pieces, it was outstanding. $14.50
Next was Pad Prik Pao, a stir fried crispy pork belly, wok tossed with chilli jam and cherry tomatoes. This was a perfect dish for those who do not want too much spice. $23.00
For main course, we had Yum Hua Plee, a specialty of the restaurant. The dish consisted of shredded banana flower salad with king prawns, shredded chicken breast, roasted coconut, shallots, chilli and Nam Prik Pao dressing. In one word, magnificent. $29.50
We then tried the Massaman Beef Curry, slow cooked chunks of tender beef in thick, mild coconut curry with onions, potatoes and peanuts. The restaurant makes its own curry paste, any wonder the dish tasted so good. $25.00
We could not leave without trying two of the desserts, especially the one with the very enticing name of BTS (Better Than Sex), a toasted brioche served sith pandan coconut gelato, topped with Thai caramel sauce and roasted black and white sesame seeds. YUM. $16.00
The other dessert was equally enjoyable, Khao Neaw Dum, warm black sticky rice with Thai smoked coconut cream and pandan coconut
Some of the seats do not have backs, so if you particularly like a chair, it’s a good idea to mention this when booking.
Spice I Am offers a $40 per person set menu for groups with a minimum of four people.
Co-owner and Executive Head Chef, Sujet Saenkham who is from Central Thailand, has created some memorable dishes.
Take Away Menu with free delivery to surrounding areas.
Spice I Am gets our highest rating.
Spice I Am Thai Restaurant – Dine in & Take Away
296-300 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, 9332 2445
Trading Hours Monday – Sunday Lunch 11.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. Dinner 5.45 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.
Sandra Tiltman & John Pond Photos: John Pond