Spice Island Tea House in Pittsburgh - menu recs?
I was at the Spice Island Tea House for the first time today. I ordered the ginger salad and the Minced Chicken with Mint. Both of these came from reading some old posts and I was really happy with the ginger salad. The chicken with mint however tasted nothing of mint and I only ate about half of the dish and didn't even take the rest home. From the salad it seems this place can be good with the right dish. So, what does everyone like to order here?
I just ate there for the first time last week (we were in town apartment shopping) and the best thing we had was a cold noodle salad. It was very large and flavored with lime and perhaps some curry. Refreshing and delicious. Sorry, I can't remember what they call it.
I would recommend Pad Thai. I know that is a very common Thai dish, but Spice Island makes it great. They also make it in a portion that could feed 2-3 people. Nothing is better than having leftovers the next day. I would also recommend the spring rolls. I am not a huge appeteizer fan but I order these every time I go. Spice Island also now has a liquor license, but they still allow you to BYOB. Be aware, I think the corking fee is somewhere $6-10, worth it if you are opening a good bottle.
One of my favorites was the Singapore Kway Teow, a noodle dish with spicy sausage and maybe shrimp. I haven't been there in a couple of years though, so I'm not sure if the menu has changed. Also, we always started with the samosas and a thai iced tea.