If you're planning to take someone special out for dinner and
you're looking for a restaurant in central London, then we have a
suggestion for you. Opened in February this year, Spice Market
London in the W London - Leicester Square hotel is a great place to
eat, in a really convenient central location. It's got a bit of
street cred too, if you're swayed by such things, being the sister
restaurant of the iconic Spice Market in New York's Meatpacking
District. As Tina Fey would say, "I want to go to there."
The food at Spice Market London is South East Asian-inspired and
really is very good. The chef has three Michelin-stars (his name is
Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and he is apparently the toast of the
New York restaurant scene, credited with "inventing America's
answer to nouvelle cuisine".) My good friend Tom and I opted for
the tasting menu so we could try a little bit of everything, and we
Among the stand-out dishes for us were Shaved Tuna with Chilli
Tapioca, Asian Pear and Lime, served in a little bowl balanced
beautifully atop a larger bowl of shaved ice, Char Grilled Chicken
with Kumquat Lemongrass Dressing (really lovely and refreshing) and
Thai Jewels and Fruits with Crushed Coconut Ice (a perfect, light
dessert). We also sampled chicken samosas with a lovely
subtle green curry dipping sauce and some supremely tender beef
satays served with a citrus and basil dip. The flavours were lovely
and unusual; this is the place to go for something a bit different.
It's also the place to go if you like someone much more
knowledgable than yourself to select some really good wine for you.
These dishes are capitalised in the menu with good reason; this is
a genuinely memorable dining experience.
All the other elements you hope for when you go out for a meal
are there, too. The staff are really helpful and know a lot about
the menu. The decor is great; we were sat upstairs at a
semi-circular booth which was very comfy. The place was busy but
not too noisy. The low lighting made Tom look fantastic. All in
all, a really fantastic night out. Recommended.
W London - Leicester Square
10 Wardour Street
London W1D 6QF
Tel: +44 207 758 1088
As an exciting addition to Tuesday evenings, Spice Market is
turning things up a notch and introducing a DJ to the bar and
lounge area. Renowned production trio, Youth Kills, will be
spinning tunes for guests to enjoy between 8pm until
Youth Kills are remix kings, having worked on tracks by Duran
Duran, The Naked & Famous and Alpines. Already notorious at top
London venues like Jalouse, Bungalow 8 and Maddox, their exciting
blend of tribal and euphoric, yet melancholy dance music will bring
a fantastic atmosphere to Spice Market.
Guests can sample fabulous cocktails and enjoy great music in the
lounge mid-evening, or better still have dinner in Spice Market
restaurant before continuing the evening the lounge.
To book a table at Spice Market visit their website.
Alternatively, pop down and enjoy a cocktail and be among the first
to check out the hottest Tuesday in town!