Got a much needed fix of take-out from Spice Islands in Oakland last night.
Vegetarian Popia are a good option as they hold up better than the spring rolls for a few hours. The wrap itself is a little tough to describe, it is like a cross between a flour tortilla and a crepe. Filled with sprouts and small bits of vegetable, served on lettuce with a soy peanut sauce. One is large enough to split between two people.
Ginger Salad - one of the 'if I didn't get it I would regret it dishes'. The combo of shredded lettuce, cabbage, fried garlic slivers, roasted peanuts and the incredible tamarind fish sauce dressing is unbeatable. And I HATE peanuts.
Burmese lat toke salad is always a good choice, a little spicy with little bits of sprouts, tofu and wheat noodles and some strips of fried onion.
Thai basil fried rice is awesome. I don't usually like the heaviness of fried rice but the amount of spicy Thai basil, medium(not salad) shrimp, peas and bits of veggie make this dish a winner.
Malaysian Sate Noodles with seafood were.in my opinion mediocre, but everyone else loved them. The Shrimp, small scallops and calamari strips were nice and tender, there was plenty of sauce on the noodles without being too much. I suppose it is because I am a bit of a spice freak, OK HUGE, so the more spicy dishes caught more of my attention.
Chicken with Mint leaves was flavorful, but compared to the other dishes not a standout.
Dinner for 4 with ample leftovers for a lunch or two about $60.
Staff is always great when you dine there.
BYOB - lots of vegetarian options, and it is part of the wheel deliver network if you live in the right area.
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