Last night we went out to dinner with my brother C and our friends from Perth, A and W. The mission was to find Sydney's best Thai. Which is no mean feat because Sydney Thai food is universally acknowledged as the best Thai food outside of Thailand. Though, some in Sydney would dispense with that caveat and say it is simply the best Thai food period.
I had a short list of names and the winner was Spice I Am, Darlinghurst.
Due to the lateness of our booking, we were seated outside so this is as far as I got with my photographs of the restaurant. The interior is dark and very tactile. There is a wall of earthernware bottles above the bar with their necks jutting into the room. There were banquettes and low lying chairs, wood and interesting textures.
Fortunately, we were all rugged up against the cold and there were heaters above us as well as the lively night life around us to keep us warm. I don't get out enough to this end of town but each time I've been here, I've been rewarded with a great time, great food and lots of gorgeous photos. There was something about the lighting last night or perhaps it was the decor at the places we went but the images I returned home with really amazed me.
Everything in Darlinghurst is just a little quirky. I love the name of the brand of sparkling water we had. Antipodes - that's colloquial for us and New Zealand.
Fortunately, we were dining in the company of seasoned foodies. A and W were familiar with the menu and also have fantastic taste so we left the menu in their capable hands.
Which left me time to take in my surroundings. Just up the road from Spice I Am is the Victoria Room, where I had high tea recently.
Service was friendly and fast. I'll say it now to save repetition. The food at Spice I Am is fantastic. It takes Thai food to a totally different level. On the whole, the food is not as sweet as many other restaurants. There is a creative use of the vegetables native to Thai cuisine and their interpretation of seafood is outstanding.
We had an entree of the Ho Mok - a steamed fish curry wrapped in banana leaf.
Yum Gai - spicy shredded chicken salad.
Bour Tod - fried prawns.
Moo Gob Pik Pao - fried pork belly. The first time I've eaten pork belly and I am beginning to understand what the fuss is all about.
Yum Hua Plee - shredded banana leaf salad with king prawns. All the dishes were so beautifully presented it seemed a shame to eat them.
I then lost my train of thought and have had trouble relating my photos to menu items and think I missed a photo of one dish. I am pretty sure we had the Snapper Prid Pik King as well as a super spicy Green Curry with different kinds of egg plant.
I think the photo above is our green chicken curry and the dish below is the snapper.
I am however certain that this is the duck curry. The duck takes on the flavour of lychees in the Spice I Am version.
We had great fun catching up and reminiscing as the dishes were shared and exclaimed over. There were 5 of us at dinner and we left no food behind. There was still room for dessert and we melted into the Saturday night crowd of young girls off to the clubs, couples and the creatively dressed in search of something sweet, chocolatey and decadent.....