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Spices closing

macaraca Oct 19, 2012 03:35 PM

Sad to report that Spices Restaurant in Mo'ili'ili will end its dining service Oct 29. The sign posted on their door says they hope to reopen eventually as a cafe with drinks, their homemade ice cream, and maybe some other food items, but no date is given.

I'm surprised they carried on as well and as long as they have since the founder and chef Pony died several years ago. It is a testament to his ability that he was able to teach the staff his recipes with no apparent drop-off in quality. I will miss them, as I often take guests there from out of town, and also go there for pleasant dinners for groups of friends.

Enjoy your last chance while you can.

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    roro808 RE: macaraca Oct 20, 2012 04:01 PM

    Too bad -- I have yet t9 try this resto. Hopefuly can do it before they close.. Thanks for the info. Sometimes you go to a fav, restaurant after a long absence and found that it's closed.

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      macaraca RE: roro808 Oct 20, 2012 06:30 PM

      They are open for dinner Tue-Sun, closed Mon, and lunch Friday only. BYOB. Highly recommend trying the spicy Lao sausage. Tom Ka soup also excellent, as well as the unusual flavors of their homemade ice creams such as durien, lemongrass, pandan...

    2. KaimukiMan RE: macaraca Oct 24, 2012 06:06 PM

      Went by today for lunch and it was already closed. Maybe they are continuing dinner till the 29th, but didn't look like it from the sign on the door. Ended up going to the Pho place up the street (it was very good.)

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        macaraca RE: KaimukiMan Oct 24, 2012 10:56 PM

        Lunch is Friday only.

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          macaraca RE: KaimukiMan Oct 24, 2012 10:58 PM

          Lunch is Friday only

        2. indelibledotink RE: macaraca Nov 1, 2012 05:10 AM

          wow, i had not heard of them before. southeast asian but with icecream?

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            macaraca RE: indelibledotink Nov 1, 2012 03:48 PM

            The original chef/owner was Laotian-American, and had trained at Cordon Bleu in Paris. His menu was full of SE Asian dishes, each authentic, not fusion...some Thai, some Laotian, some Vietnamese, etc. He also made his own ice creams with SE Asian flavors, such as pandan, durian, ginger, lemongrass, ...all delicious, although you have to really like durian...an acquired taste.

            The plan to turn it into a more modest cafe is going ahead, but may be a month or more to come to pass...mostly offering coffees, teas, desserts (including their ice creams, which have been and should continue to be available to go by the pint) and maybe a few appetizers....plus catering and private parties on site.

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