Spice Market by John Bickford
My daughter and I had the opportunity to share in some delights at this beautiful restaurant. We were struck by the simple beauty of the modern dining room which contrasted with the huge array of thick-roped bells hanging from the high ceiling inside a wooden framework with an Asian flair. Our semi-circular booth was extremely comfortable, and afforded a wide-open view of Midtown Atlanta.
The wait staff was dressed in traditional Southeast Asian garb, and moved about quickly and quietly as they worked the room. The atmosphere and service was outstanding. Our server, Roy, never missed a need, was extremely knowledgeable as well as helpful.
Food, here at Spice Market, is served family style to encourage sharing. Each entree is sized for one, if that is all you intend to eat. I would encourage you to order a variety of entrees appropriate for your group size, so that you can each sample more than one delicacy.
Spice offers an extensive wine and cocktail list, along with an array of domestic and imported beers. there are also non-alcoholic cocktails for those who like the taste but not the effect. My daughter and I started things off with some housemade Jasmine Lemonade and Fresh Ginger Ale. The Jasmine Lemonade is indeed strong, but genuinely tasty. The Ginger Ale reminds you what it is made of, and is like no ginger ale that can be bought at a store. Also very enjoyable.
The safe American will go for the Chicken Skewers. Although they were good, I will tell you to come out of your shell and go for the Spring Roll. Don’t go looking for cabbage inside this roll. You will find Lobster, shrimp and pork. Wrap that in a beautiful green leaf and dip it. Once you taste it, you will thank me. By the way, if you like the spicier things, go for the Samosas. I went from Spring Roll to Samosa until they were all gone.
My daughter would encourage you to try the chicken, as she liked the kumquats and the flavor that the dressing gave the chicken. Both of us, however loved the Cod, which happens to be the Chef’s signature dish. The fish was delicious, and the spices added wonderful flavor without taking over.
Finally, desserts. Roy brought two for us to share. The first, Thai Jewels and Fruit with Crushed Coconut served over ice was deliciously cold with sweet, slightly chewy pieces of fruit adorning a bed of ice cold milky coconut meat. Obviously this one was good.
The second, we liked even better. Ovaltine Kulfi, Caramelized Banana, Spiced Milk Chocolate Sauce (decorated with housemade caramel popcorn). I won’t even try to do this justice. It was absolutely delicious!
The Spice Market W Hotel -Atlanta Midtown
188 14th Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30361 (404) 549-5450 www.spicemarketatlanta.com/