Recently I read some favorable reviews of Sugar & Spice, which I have walked by several times, so we decided to try their fare tonight. Although the restaurant had no one else in it, and subsequent twosomes were seated at the larger booths, my daughter and I were seated at an uncomfortably small table. We ordered the Moo Yang for an appetizer, and Lemongrass Chicken and Crispy Pahd Thai as our entrees.
The Moo Yang was nicely flavored and not overly cooked. It was a bit fatty for those of you who care about such. The chili sauce accompaniment was not the sweet sort that I have encountered before, but was instead fish-sauce based. It provided a pleasant complement to the meat. Two skewers of meat cost $5.95.
The Lemongrass Chicken was described as marinated chicken with lemongrass, lime leaf and mixed vegatables. I was, therefore, surprised to find that this dish was dominated by Thai basil--which entirely overpowered the other elements. It was also VERY salty--so salty that I had to force myself to eat half a portion. I still am not even sure I tasted lemongrass (and you would think with THAT name, it would have been very obvious), and the extremely tiny slivers of kaffir lime leaf were few and far between to say the least.
We didn't really know what to expect from my daughter's Crispy Pad Thai. It turned out to be very fine noodles mixed with lots of raw beansprouts and some chicken and adorned with three shrimp and chopped peanuts. My daughter was less than thrilled with the raw bean sprouts, and she kept speaking of some odd flavor she was not going to be able to get out of her mouth. When I tasted it, I couldn't tell what the flavor was--either the cooking oil or some other slightly unpleasant flavor. This dish was boring at best.
The service was overly attentive, with the staff trying to take away plates when we were obviously still eating, and then whisking away the plates and dumping our utensils on the table. Although it is nice when the staff is around when you want service, a happy medium would be nice.
The tragedy is this may be a very good restaurant, but there are so many other Thai restaurants that I love that I doubt I will get back there again.
Sugar + Spice
1933 Massachusetts Avenue.