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spice market - long review

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spice market - long review

jno | Feb 8, 2007 08:11 PM

my husband and i celebrated an anniversary by having dinner at spice market. i've been so curious about the place. it's really a beautiful/exotic space and unlike some ny restaurants, you actually have some space b/t you and the other diners. we ordered so much food, but i have to admit i was a little under-whelmed....

appetizers:
lobster roll w/dill and sriracha - when we ordered this we thought it was going to be the type of lobster roll in a hot dog bun...it was the sushi kind, but instead of wrapped in nori, it was wrapped in vietnamese spring roll paper. i feel like lobster has such a delicate flavor that it was overpowered by the dill and srirarcha...which weren't necessarily complementary flavors. disappointing.

mussels w/steamed lemongarss/chili and coconut juice - this was tasty and some of the plumpest mussels i've ever had. however, i felt like the flavor was so similar to any favorite/local thai restaurant that i would just rather get it cheaper someplace else. not really worth getting at spice market. there's no special twist to the dish.

shaved tuna w/chili tapioca/asian pear and lime - this was definitely the kind of dish i was hoping for at spice market. ingredients were fresh, interesting play of flavors and light yet a good quantity. that's not to say i would order it on a regular basis or ever "crave" it, but it was definitely an interesting/flavorful dish.

entree:
onion and chili crusted short rib w/egg noodles - the short rib meat was well cooked and tender, but it was much soupier than i was hoping for, almost sitting in a broth. and i'm not sure if the noodles were homemade or not, but seemed like the kind you get at a deli when you order udon. nothing really special about this dish...again a little underwhelming.

noodle:
chili-garlic egg noodles w/seared shrimp and star anise - same thoughts on the noodles here...but the shrimp was fresh, plump and really perfectly seasoned and cooked.

dessert:
apple dumplings - there wasn't much of a description in the menu, what it ended up being was deep-fried wonton wrappers filled w/apple mixture. that was topped with whipped cream and shredded fresh apple. i'm asian, so i know how easy it is to just stuff pre-made wonton wrappers and deep fry it. it's the type of recipe i'd expect to see on "semi-homeade w/sandra lee". while it tasted fine...if they have a pastry chef, i think that's really disappointing.

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