Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Nadine Levy Redzepi of Downtime: Deliciousness at Home | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Restaurants & Bars

Washington DC & Baltimore

Disappointing meal at Spices


Restaurants & Bars 1

Disappointing meal at Spices

BluesA | Jun 24, 2004 08:24 AM

Went to spices last night around 7:30 with my boyfriend and two friends of ours. I've been before and really enjoyed my last meal there but last night was a disappointment on many levels.

The restaurant was almost full but there was no wait for a table. We were seated in the open room towards the back and right, in a corner table. Our waitress was attentive at first, with water, menus and the like but it went downhill from there. Once we placed our orders, we waited, and waited, and waited...45 minutes for our food. The friends ordered sushi, I ordered the drunken noodles and the boyfriend had the peking chicken. The sushi wasn't the issue, it was the food from the kitchen. Probably had to do with the place being so full and a lot of orders all at once.

The food comes, the waitress brings the sushi, but neglects to bring the little bowls for soy sauce. So we try to flag someone down and we try, try, try, for a few minutes. Finally, someone comes over, takes the request and brings the bowls.

The peking chicken was the same as always...good. I'm a big fan if only because it's simple, slightly different and they give cucumber as well as spring onions. The plum sauce is a little thin and the pancakes can be doughy at times but the dish tends to be a winner. My drunken noodles were a disappointment, however. The hor fun had no flavor to them whatsoever and were a gloppy mess in the bottom of the bowl. There was hardly any shredded chicken on top but what was there was acceptable. The basil flavor didn't thrill me like it does at Sawatdee in Courthouse, but it was there. Nice amount of red and green peppers, way too many onions.

So we finished eating and we start the wait for the check. And we wait, and wait, and wait about 10 minutes before a busboy comes by. He hovers over our table for a few seconds and then disappears. Comes back a few minutes later to half clear the table. The waitress comes by with the check, we divy up cash and a friend puts down a credit card and we wait some more for the waitress to come by to take it. I flag her down 5 minutes later, she runs the card and we're finally through.

We had to flag people down for everything, from the soy sauce bowls to water refills to taking the check. I'm going to chalk last night up to a busy night at the restaurant and leave it at that. I like Spices and it's far too convenient to my apartment to not go back.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound