Freelance writer and blogger from Sydney (ex-Melbourne). Avid foodie and traveller. Loves dogs.
Published July 31st 2017
For cheap and cheerful Thai food in Sydney
When it comes to Thai restaurants, Sydney has some excellent choices. And Spice I Am is one of Sydney's darlings of the Thai restaurant scene. While I'm not saying that it's the best Thai restaurant in Sydney, it's a solid all-rounder that rarely puts a foot wrong.
Spice I Am has several outlets in Sydney but I tend to stick to the original one on Wentworth Street, which is on the city-Surry Hill border. They do a lunch special from Tuesdays to Fridays where they offer a limited menu at slightly cheaper prices so if curries, soup and stir-fry dishes are your thing, then I highly recommend going for lunch. FYI, it's cash only, so leave your cards neatly tucked in your wallet.
In the past, I never ordered spring rolls at restaurants – they're easy to make at home – but for some reason, I've ordered the mini spring rolls at Spice I Am several times and they're always delicious. The filling is tasty and filled with a reasonable amount of pork mince and best of all, they're actually bigger than 'mini-sized.'
The last time I visited Spice I Am, I ordered the po taek soup; it is a mixed seafood soup gently flavoured with fresh Thai herbs, lemon juice and a burst of chilli. Add some mushrooms for a bit of earthiness and a bit of rice for carb-loading purposes and you have yourself a meal. I love this soup because it's so comforting, delicious and very light – a great alternative to the omnipresent tom yum (though that's also available here). Meanwhile, my friend likes to to go for the curries – this time he had the kang ka ree (yellow curry) with chicken. It's a delicious curry that's packed with potatoes and red onion, perfect to mop up with spoonfuls of rice.
Po taek ($14.50); chicken yellow curry ($12.50)
You won't find boat noodles or papaya salads during lunch service at Spice I Am but you'll still find something that you'll like – and you'll definitely come back wanting more.