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Solid takeout Thai

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We ordered takeout from the new Spice Thai Kitchen in Melrose last night, and were pleased with the experience.

We got an order of Thai Rolls, Deluxe Crispy Chicken, and Pad Thai. The chicken dish was marked as 'spicy' (one star) on the menu, but even my fussy 8 year old didn't find it spicy. It was tasty, though. It did not come with rice, which was not evident from the menu. The Pad Thai and Thai rolls were good. The order of rolls contained four, which was nice.

We haven't had Thai takeout in a while, as the Duck Walk had been disappointing (and increasingly expensive) the last few times we'd been there. This was definitely better than recent takeout from the Duck Walk. My husband says it's not quite as good as the Thai Diner in Woburn, but I haven't been so I can't compare. All in all, it was solid takeout, and we'll definitely get it again.

Spice Thai Kitchen II
454 Franklin St, Melrose, MA 02176

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  1. Thanks for the review. I'm hoping to give it a try tonight! I wonder if it's the same menu as their Ipswich restaurant- does this look familiar? http://spicethaikitchen.com/menu

    1. Thanks for this report - I was hoping this place would be good! I will have to try it soon.

      1. We ordered take out last night as well. We got pad thai and mango curry. It was definitely better than Duck Walk, and I'm sure we will go again. They were a little backed up on orders, but since they just opened I'm sure they still need to iron out their timing.

        1. We ordered tonight, same as you, betseyb. I thought the pad thai was fine, the Thai Rolls wre a bit odd- with spinach in them? The Crispy Chicken had a few odd stringy bits but the overall taste was fine, although I agree- the spice level was barely there. I'd order again... although I'd have to tread carefully because a large portion of the menu has bell peppers and I just can't eat them.

          I think Taste of Siam in Stoneham is a bit better. Haven't been to Thai Diner. I'm sad to hear that Duck Walk is going downhill. I have occasional cravings for their crispy tamarind duck but it doesn't travel that well and their prices annoy me a bit too much to eat there.

          1. Thanks for the post. Will definitely have to check it out soon. We made a trip to the Ducl Walk last week. I will say, our choices ere good. We got pad thai, garlic chicken and the stuffed chicken wings for an appetizer. All were good. We were there early during the week, and were the only diners! Had not been there for a while, and was not sure how it would be- but our choices were solid- and we were using a GC, so the prices did not matter! But to have a take out place near home is great- and delivery is even better!

            1. We tried this place last night (delivery) and thought the food was bordering on horrendous:

              Tom Yum - Overly sour and with a musty odor and an odd tomato flavor that I couldn't quite place. Ordered it vegetarian and it had a few chunks of mushroom floating around in the broth; could have used a lot more veg.

              Tom Kha w/ seafood - Way, way, way too sweet. Sticky sweet. Did they use the wrong type of coconut milk? Seafood way overcooked, rubbery. There was some red oil floating on the top and I thought it might have some spice, but the soup was so sweet I couldn't taste anything else.

              Beef satay - Didn't have high expectations for this going in, and they were not even met. Fairly good flavor on the beef itself, aside from being a bit sweet, but it had an odd mushy texture. Over-marinated? The peanut sauce was unremarkable, a bit on the watery side.

              Pad see ew w/ chicken - bland, and once again sweet. Very little flavor.

              Papaya Salad Set - The only relatively good dish of the night. Shredded green papaya with fish sauce, peanut, and a bit of chili, alongside glutinous rice and grilled chicken. Good flavor on the chicken, and I enjoyed the papaya salad. The rice was wrapped in cellophane and tasted like it had been cooked three days ago. Was crusty and overly tough, even for glutinous rice.

              I may give it another shot based on some of the positive reviews here, but I have to say that at the moment I'm really, really disappointed--I was looking forward to this place... And I'm happier than ever to have Taste of Siam in the area.

              Spice Thai Kitchen II
              454 Franklin St, Melrose, MA 02176

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              1. re: davis_sq_pro

                Taste of Siam in Stoneham is the real deal!!! Best Thai I have found in the area. I moved from Somerville a couple of years ago, and used to get my Thai fix at either Brown Sugar Cafe or their sister restaurant, The Similans near the Cambridgeside Galleria. Taste of Siam does almost everything just as good (the duck is very good here, but still better at Brown Sugar). The standard dishes are very good, pad that, drunken noodle, etc., as are all of their curries, my personal fave being the pumpkin curry. To die for. Only problem with this place is the location in South Stoneham, with no real parking available on-premise. You can park on the side streets around the restaurant, and I think they may have an auxiliary lot somewhere nearby, but I only do take out here because of that. So really, parking isn't a major issue for me. Other restaurants trying to open here have gone under quickly, but so far, so good for ToS.

                The Similans
                145 1st St, Cambridge, MA 02142

                Brown Sugar Cafe
                129 Jersey St, Boston, MA

                Taste of Siam
                499 Main St, Stoneham, MA 02180

              2. I just heard that Spice Thai Kitchen is opening a new restaurant on Main Street in Melrose (I think next to Breads 'n Bits) in a few months. They said that they were keeping the take out place on Franklin Street open as well.

                Main Street Cafe
                85 Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895

                Spice Thai Kitchen
                15 Depot Sq, Ipswich, MA 01938