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The Spice thai restaurant

momgray | Nov 14, 200303:52 PM

Often in a fit of ... laziness? feeling overwhelmed by the kids? well, something along those lines, my DH and I will order from the two places we can get delivered that aren't unbearable: Friendship Chinese and The Spice Thai.

I will one day comment on the good/bad at Friendship (although I should mention that the current chive/chicken dumpling is quite good), but for now I'll turn to The Spice.

We've been ordering from this restaurant in it's various incarnations for about ... 4 years, I think. Recently they either changed hands or got a new chef, and their food has taken a dramatic turn for the better.

Not knowing about the change, we ordered some of our "standards" - Thom Kha Kai with chicken, chicken satay, thai eggrolls, basil chicken noodle and red curry beef. I know they aren't terribly out there dishes, but they were safe and comforting (and reheat well if you don't get to eat until after the kids go to sleep at 9).

The first hint of changes should have been when the person taking our order asked if we wanted the shrimp or the veggie rolls. I opted for the shrimp, slightly confused by the question.

Opening the little packages was a revelation to us. The satay was thick wide chunks of marinated chicken, the sauce thicker than before, darker and spicier than before. The aforementioned shrimp egg rolls, while a nice balance of clear rice noodles and vegetables and with a tasty sauce, were the biggest disappointment because they were so greasy. I would venture to get them again if I were there, but not for delivery. The soup was fragant, nicely balanced coconut and broth, and spiced, to us, just perfectly. The basil chicken noodles were outstanding, basil clearly predominating the dish but not overwhelming it, the noodles sauteed gently and not greasy or over fried. The red curry had hints of peanuts in it - I only got a bite or two because by that point I was stuffed.

A bigger surprise was the redone menu - and the new offering of "noodle bowls" available with or without broth. I am particularly intrigued by the BBQ Pork noodle bowl - if and when I try it I'll let y'all know.

For those who in the past were not impressed with The Spice, I'd suggest another try now that they've redone their menu (and it tastes like at the very least changed their chef).

The Spice (formerly Benjarong)
2886 N. Milwaukee Ave

sorry, don't have the menu in front of me for the number!

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