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London - Spice Market @ W Hotel

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klyeoh Mar 29, 2011 11:41 AM

I walked into Spice Market expecting something special - heard that it's owned by NY superchef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, whose Vong outlets took the world by storm back in the 90s. My first experience with Vong was when its HK outlet opened atop the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Its Thai-French fusion cuisine was absolutely gorgeous then.

Sadly, no such luck with Spice Market here. What I had:
- Crab dumplings with sugar snap peas & aromatic spices. The measly amount of crabmeat weren't terribly prominent under the wanton wrappers, nor fresh/assertive enough in taste;
- Spiced chicken samosas with yoghurt-coriander dip - a dumbed-down version of what you'd get in most Indian restaurants here. Again, pretty underwhelming;
- "Nyonya' Laksa with tiger prawns, scallop and seafood. This bore NO resemblance to any type of laksa known to South-East Asia and, the disappointing thing is, it didn't even taste good - there is a rather disagreeable taste/scent about the spice mix used. Pity really - the tiger prawns were huge and fresh here, and so was the scallop. But as a whole, I wouldn't recommend this dish at all - just stick to places like Sedap or Rasa Sayang if you want Nyonya chow.

The complimentary pappadums served at the beginning turned out to be the only thing I enjoyed at Spice Market - they were ultra-light & crispy, and comes with a fragrant Indian-spice dip.

What a pity, this place could have been nice, with such a central location - where Swiss Centre used to be. Gad, I think even Movenpick's Marche, which used to stand near this spot, offered better fare at a fraction of the price!

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Spice Market
10 Wardour St, London, England W1D 6, United Kingdom

 
 
 
 
  1. zuriga1 Aug 22, 2013 11:37 PM

    Maybe you saved us some money, Peter. Spice Market was featured on our Celebrity Masterchef last night. The food looked interesting ( admitting I know very little if anything about Nyonya food), but your review is having me do a rethink. Perhaps it's improved over the years.

    I wonder if anyone else has eaten there.

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    1. re: zuriga1
      klyeoh Aug 23, 2013 05:35 AM

      Unless Jean-Georges has changed its concept, I'm not too sure if Spice Market's Asian-"inspired" fusion cooking would appeal to many folks, so near to Chinatown & Soho where one can find the "real stuff", so to speak.

    2. klyeoh Mar 31, 2011 05:18 PM

      Placemarks for Sedap which, IMO, is still the best Nyonya restaurant in London, if not the whole of UK:

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      Sedap
      102 Old St, Islington, Greater London EC1V 9, GB

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        jonY Apr 2, 2011 05:25 PM

        Sedap does the best char kway teow in London hands down.

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        Sedap
        102 Old St, Islington, Greater London EC1V 9, GB

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        marcus james Mar 30, 2011 11:18 PM

        No doubt Spice Market London needs some time to bed down, but if it's anything like it's older NY counter part it will be a case of stunning decor, terrible food.

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        Spice Market
        10 Wardour St, London, England W1D 6, United Kingdom

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