Today I’m insanely excited as I am flying to Thailand tonight to enjoy some 5 star luxury and fun in the sun. As well as being pampered to within an inch of my life I also plan to eat copious amounts of tasty Thai food. While I wish I could take you all with me, this review of my new favourite Thai place will have to keep you sated instead.
Seoul has a more than an ample share of Thai restaurants nestled within its bosom and from my experience they have for the most part been pretty good. What sets Spice Market apart from most of the local Thai joints is its fab location with an open patio area and roof top. Enjoying the food alfresco just seems to conjure up my memories of Thailand so much more than a second floor restaurant on the main Itaewon drag. The evening we visited it was a still a tad chilly, but being an English person I sucked it up and just wrapped myself in a couple of their provided cozy blankets.
While we checked out the menu we kicked off with a couple of drinks. I had the Sangria (10,000) which is a must for an outdoor dinner experience while TFB chugged down a Chang (7,000). The food menu is pretty standard and has all the usual dishes you would expect to find plus a few extras. With the help of the friendly owner we selected a few to try.
To start we tried the Tod Man Khoa Phod (8,000). 5 corn and shrimp fritters were presented with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. We both adored these, as they were so deliciously light and tasty. I also really appreciated the price, appetizers in general are way overpriced in Korea and it puts me off getting them, so I was pleasantly surprised by these.
As our second starter we got the Chicken Satay (11,000). Once again these were beautifully presented. 5 sticks of tender marinated chicken served on a big bed of salad. The satay chicken was already dipped in a slightly spicy and sweet peanut sauce. I loved these too and would be hard pushed to choose which was my favourite, luckily I didn’t have to.
For our main dish we couldn’t resist the Thai Green Chicken Curry (17,000) . It is a classic and this one was done superbly. The curry was just so rich with flavour, while all the veggies and chicken inside were really tender. The spice level was perfection for me, creamy with just a little kick at the end. We were fighting over this until the very last bite.
I’m usually a pad see ew lover, but I had to test the muster of their Pad Thai (13,000). All the ingredients were really fresh and it came with four extra pots of chillies and bits for you to add by yourself to make it the perfect spice level. It’s not the best I’ve ever had but it was still pretty good.
Overall we enjoyed a great and well priced meal at Spice Market. We were lucky enough to be invited by the owner, but I still thought the prices were the comparable or cheaper than most of the other restaurants in town while the food was somewhat elevated. The star attraction of the place is certainly the lovely patio which I’m sure will be packed all summer long, by anyone wanting to enjoy the lovely weather.
Spice Market is located at 129-10, Itaewon 1-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon Station and come out of exit 4. Turn back on yourself and take the right by the station then the next right turn again. Walk a little way down this street then take left hand fork that is opposite The Wolfhound. Spice Market is a little further down this road on right hand side next to Maddux Pizza. For more information you can call them on 02-516-0834 or check out their website.