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Spice I am Restaurant

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by Wei Shi Toh (subscribe)
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Published June 5th 2012
Spice I am is a Thai restaurant with a modern and deliciously naughty twist.

With a dessert cheekily named "Better than sex", we knew we were up for a gastronomic adventure of bold flavours and unconventional combinations.

The contemporary décor is comfortable without being overly pretentious, albeit a tad cramped. Our entrée of "Bour Tod" (prawn and betel leaves fritters) come topped with sweet chilli sauce and crushed cashew nuts. Delightfully crunchy with a nice contrast of spice and sweetness from the sauce.

For our mains, we opt for a crab fried rice and the "Pla Sam Rot", a whole deep-fried snapper with sweet chilli sauce. Nicely browned, the deep-fried snapper is more-ish and goes well with fluffy steamed rice. The fried rice is smoky and savoury without being overly oily – a rare trait in the dish that usually comes glistening in grease. Crab is good with anything and we love the morsels of shredded crab meat in every mouthful.

American journalist Erma Bombeck said, "Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart". We couldn't pass up on a certain dessert with cheeky references to coital activities.

Better than sex arrived with two scoops of pandan gelato, a deluge of gooey dark Thai caramel sauce on buttered and toasted brioche and finished with a sprinkling of sesame seeds. It is delightfully sweet, yet not cloyingly so. The gelato is subtly flavoured with gentle notes of pandan fragrance. The Thai caramel sauce – gula melaka – is widely used in many traditional South East Asian desserts. Rich and intense, it delivers a bold punch to the dessert.

Our dinner ends on a memorably sweet note.

Spice I am
Better than sex - Titillatingly good
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Why? For a gastronomically orgasmic experience
Phone: (02) 9332 2445
Where: Darlinghurst
Cost: Approximately $25 - 30 per person
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