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Spices, interesting, but needs some work.(long and boring)

TomG | Mar 26, 200305:12 PM

Lunched at Spices last week, small,hi tech decorated with strobes and a TV showing animated movies. Most of the 12 tables were occupied with 20ish, apparently affluent, Asian yuppies obviously enjoying their meals. The menu had dishes graded for heat with stars O-3, the latter supposedly being "numbing". Since I was by myself, I ordered a single dish with rice. The dish, twice cooked fish fillet with a 2 star "hot" rating was deep fried lightly battered fillets of a delicious, fresh, flaky, firm fleshed fish, which after frying was cooked in a very flavorful, chili, scallion, garlic and tofu sauce. One of the best fish dishes I've had in quite awhile. I really was looking forward to soon retuning for dinner with my wife. Had dinner last night. Ordered the twice-cooked fish, Mandarin noodles, and sautéed string beans. The sauce on the fish was as good as it was the first time, the fish itself was a disaster of mushy, fishy paste, obviously suffering from being out of the water or freezer way too long. The noodles were served dry with a topping of minced pork and scallions in a tasteless brown sauce (The noodles were supposed to be 2 star hot, but as far as we could tell had no spicing at all. When I brought that to the attention of the manager, he suggested that the cook, unaccountably, on occasion left out the chili, and brought me the usual bowl of oil/chili so I could self medicate.) The beans were nicely heated with chili oil and served with topping of more minced pork. They were supposed to be mild but were actually spicier than the noodles. Since retaurant doesn't have it's beer and wine license yet, I was able bring in two bottles of excellent Eye of The Hawk Ale, purchased at the 10th Ave Liquor Store to go with the meal.

Conclusion: I can only hope that the obvious inconsistencies are new restaurant growing pains and will be corrected with experience. I will go back, but only after Chowhound postings suggest that Szechwan Trenz in on tract.

Sorry I don’t have an address but it’s on the east side of 8th Ave 50 yards north of Clement.

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