Spice-I-Am Thai in Alameda
Went out with my family last night about 5:30 pm and we decided to try this new place at 1353 Park Street (between Central & Alameda Ave) next to Rocket Reuse and two doors down from Tucker's.
The decor is chocolate, black, white & chrome with sleek lines and a big lit-up wine wall. : )
We ordered the Chicken Satay ($ 7) for our daughter and then we decided on the following:
Famous Thai Boat Noodles $6.75
Choice of slice beef, stewed beef, beef balls or combination in beef broth with our choice of Small rice, Flat rice, Vermicelli, Egg noodles or Silver Noodles (We chose Flat Rice)
Really flavorful with a lot of fresh basil and noodles, definitely enough for two, but you'll need to ask for an extra bowl.
Crab Fried Rice $12
Jasmine rice sauteed with Super Lump Crab Meat
To be fair, it isn't really "fried rice" but man was it good and a great palate cleanser alongside the curry. I could totally eat this all day long and they're not skimpy on the portions.
Aromatic Thai Yellow Curry $8
Sweet potato, carrot, onion
I thought this was very tasty, had a pretty presentation and our 8 1/2 yr. old liked it too.
The wine list is concise with budget friendly/good paring options and has reasonable markups.
I had a glass of the Winter Riesling (one of my favorites) for $6.50 since my husband wanted a Thai Ice Tea. The list also had Becker Landgraf, Pollerhof, a French Colombard that I'm not remembering the producer of at the moment and a few others. Since I saw familiar names, I'm afraid I didn't read the descriptions or ask for pairing help, so I'm not sure how things are on those fronts.
The staff was friendly, welcoming and attentive without hovering . We got the Satay first as we requested, then got the Crab Fried Rice followed a little bit later by the soup and curry. This service order was a little quirky, but not enough to detract from the food. The peanut sauce was little too much like peanut butter for my taste, but that won't keep me from coming back. I want to try all the new options I hadn't noticed before at the other Thai places I've been and it looks like I'll be able to get another nice wine to go with them. Yeah!
Hey Ruth, check it out and let me know what you think. We went early and there were only one or two other groups, so I'm not sure how the service will hold up when its really busy.
Here's to another good place to eat in Alameda, Cheers!
Curiosity lured me in here. dissatisfaction and uneventful food extinguished same curiosity.
saw online they have lunch specials. saw standing board outside "spice" touting special. no pricing listed. menu given to me when i was seated had no lunch specials. "special" on standing board listed on menu at $18.
saw a "regular" patron later pick up a lunch special. the lunch special menu was discretely on a table far away from the front desk.
eats: tum yum chicken (4)
-chicken was tuff, broth was mostly fish sauce, no taste of lemongrass or other tartness
-fresh mushrooms in broth was barely cooked, still raw
green curry with beef and chicken(8)
-chicken was dry and beef semituff
-eggplant ingredient listed was small pieces or not present.
-jasmine rice was mushy.
was never given a check. waitress just took monies and gave me change. numbers didn't add up. not gonna hassle over a $ or 2. wrote up review....got note from manager/owner to come see her. i did. she wasn't in. was offered an iced tea from the "manager" present.
i told her: :"no, thank you"
it was nice to see the lunch special menu are on the cashier's counter now.
didn't get much service here. they preferred dealing with larger parties.....i guess.