Spice I Am is Sydney's multi-award winning Thai Restaurant and is exteremly popular with the Thai community and Sydney's Thai-food lovers.
We don't take bookings so come early or leave your name and number with our host and enjoy the hospitality of a local pub close by before your meal.
We are a BYO resaurant and takeaway is available.
Cash payment only.
Due to its popularity, its always busy filled with pretentious Surry Hill types who are here to try and be seen, as they cannot be here for the food. They pile the people in and the moment you enter can be exhausting. Once you are packed in like battery hens the service goes down hill. Simply terrible from slow, to trying to get their attention and for them to come over was near impossible.
The food was below average, nothing special from the Pad Thai, to the green curry's or beef dishes.
I really do not understand why this place is so busy considering the Thai choices in Sydney.
It has probably been almost a decade since I last visited Spice I Am. The last time we went there for dinner, we were given the worst possible service as they had to start out late due to kitchen problems and they tried to fit as much guests as possible. As a result, our group of 10 were put on a table for 4. My sister had to sit back to back with strangers, our dishes were placed one on top the other as they arrived, we had to lift our plates off the table to eat as our elbows practically had no room to move, and when my brother tried to help himself with some serviettes from the counter, the staff came to our table and took them back. All of these without any explanations or any tokens of apology.
Fast forward to 2014, I thought things would have changed. After all, I supposed it might have been an isolated incident. So I went. This time for lunch.
As I arrived at the counter (as I could not find the menu at the front of the restaurant), I received a non-courteous service from the staff behind the counter. The staff asked me what I wanted to order without asking whether I would like them for eat in or takeaway. I had to specifically tell them that I wanted to eat in.
It seemed forever for order to arrive. During that time, I was left waiting on an empty table with no cutlery, no serviettes, and no water. After I witnessed several other customers sitting down and given water, I finally asked for mine and it was only then that I was served water.
The food arrived in a takeaway container inside a plastic bag, despite the staff already acknowledged that I wanted to eat in. The food was placed on a table without any words being said.
Looks like not a lot has changed.
The lunch specials were quite expensive, with main dishes start at $11.50. I ordered Thai fried rice with chicken. It was too salty and peppery for my liking. Otherwise, it would have been alright. The serving size was alright and the chicken pieces were quite plentiful.
SHOCKINGLY APPALLING SERVICE! We were constantly rushed to leave our table to the point that they grabbed our half-full plates while we were still eating, and then they immediately slammed the bill on our table. We basically had to leave after just 15 minutes even though we ordered quite a few dishes to finish. The curry was extremely oily and poorly prepared, the tom yum soup tasted pretty much like coconut milk mixed with lemon juice and soggy little prawns plus HEAPS of inedible leaves, and the overpriced crab fried rice only had small traces of crab in it. NEVER AGAIN!
What a gem! Been here a few times and dropped in again after work last Friday, around 6pm and were seated within minutes. It's BYO, free corkage (brilliant) but we found we were sculling the bottle as the food had come and gone and fellow patrons were eyeing our table off right at the end. Aside from the pressure to eat as quickly as possible, it really was an awesome night (or 45 minutes rather). The food was authentic and true to its name, 'spicy'. We had the pork rice paper rolls as starters, a bit bland but aren't most non-deep fried selections? Followed by the chu chee chicken curry and the Pad Prik King with prawns, both very spicy dishes but soooo tasty.
Toilets are tucked away in the hostel next door so you'll need to ask the staff for the key. Bottle-o just across the road too so if you forget your bottle/beer, worth putting your name down then hopping across the street. A cheap and cheerful choice!
What day/time did you come? We've stopped coming here recently because the service got really slow. Several times, we had to wait close to an hour to get our food after placing our orders, which is especially problematic at lunchtime.
Visited here with a member of the family that was over from Singapore on a Thurs evening. Place was packed, but we were seated straight away. Food was great, service was efficient, and it is BYO. Although the main courses were good and spice, the mini spring rolls where the smallest spring rolls I have ever seen! Would recommend it for a quick tasty bite to eat