With the plethora of amazing food blogs scattered around Sydney, sometimes I wonder whether the world needs another review on yet another Sydney restaurant. Particularly when sites like Not Quite Nigella, Chocolatesuze and Grab Your Fork are so well written with their own quirky personalities. Then ofcourse sites such as A Table for Two are just so beautifully shot and laid out that it’s a feast for the eyes. I still can’t figure out how Billy managed to take photos from the incredibly dimly lit Est. and believe that he possesses magical powers.
Despite my blog envy, at the end of the day there is never any harm to reaffirm to the online world treasured finds such as Spice I Am. Located on the other side of Central and just a hop and skip away from Surry Hills, Spice I Am is something of an institution winning an impressive list of awards as an Authentic Thai restaurant. Such is their success that they opened a bigger restaurant in Darling Hurst. I have yet to visit their new restaurant, but the word of mouth is that although the new Spice I Am’s menu is almost identical to the original restaurant they hike up the price and lowered the portion size accordingly.
In any case, their original restaurant is still true to form. We started with the Homok (steamed fish in banana leaves), so moist that it was just unbeliavable. This was followed by their Som tum (green papaya salad), the perfect combination of hot chilli and sour taste explosion.
Then there was the fried rice along to go with the ridicilously more-ish Basil Crispy Pork Belly, so tender and moist with the most magical combination of sauce to pork coverage. It’s difficult not to write about it without licking my lips in fond remembrance. We probably ordered more than enough for three people, but struggled on with the Pla Sam Rot (deep fried whole fish topped with sweet and sour chili sauce).
Everything was just balanced perfectly with no flavour overpowering the other in this very authentic Thai restaurant, and rather affordable too with mains from $14. There will be a queue if you are planning on rocking up for dinner, but the wait is worth it.
PS: Talking about food, submissions for Like Mum Used to Make ends this week!
Spice I am
90 Wentworth Ave.
Tuesday – Sunday
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM – 10:00