Spice Gourmet Thai, Parramatta ($)

Address: Shop 1, 71 George Street, Parramatta NSW

Tel: (02) 9635 9666

Website: http://www.spicegourmetthai.com.au/

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Saturday night date night led MC and I to try out Spice Gourmet Thai. I had a Cudo voucher to check it out but it had been sitting in my room for months, waiting for an opportunity to go to Parra.

The voucher was about to expire but luckily Saturday afforded us an opportunity to head over to Parramatta and try it out. Although the voucher said to email a booking to them 24 hours before using the voucher, MC simply called them at 6.00pm and made a reservation for 7.30pm.

Atmosphere

Spice Gourmet Thai is located near the infamous ROXY Hotel on George Street Parramatta. It is close to Temasek, another popular restaurant in this part of the town.

The atmosphere inside wasn’t very exciting or loud, as you would find in a restaurant in the city or Darling Harbour. The crowd was mainly middle-aged people looking for a quiet dinner and although there were quite a few customers, it wasn’t noisy at all.

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Dried chillis and rice grains under the glass lid of the table

Service

Service was average. The staff didn’t speak very good English but we still managed to get our requests across with a little pointing at the menu!

They were polite but not overly friendly and food service was quite prompt. They did however take our drinks to the wrong table, and then had to bring them over to us (hehe!).

Food

The voucher entitled us to try two entrees, two mains and two desserts. We paid for rice and drinks.

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For entrees we decided to each order the Medley of Appetisers so we could try a bit of each option on the menu. The Medley contained one each of: gai tod (fried spicy chicken), vegetarian spring roll, curry puff, satay chicken skewer and fish cake. However we didn’t get a fish cake at all which I didn’t realise until I got home and re read the menu!

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Medley of Appetisers, $9.90

The gai tod was surprisingly nice despite its dry looking skin. The chicken inside was well-cooked and very soft and the skin was flavoursome and crispy.

The spring roll was crunchy and great with the clear sweet sauce. Although I’m not a huge mushroom fan, this spring roll had just the right amount to liven up the vegetables without being too overpowering.

The curry puffs were delicious, with a light and flaky pastry and soft, spicy filling. Delicious!

FInally, the chicken skewers, well-cooked and charred on the outside with a creamy sauce over the top. I thought the sauce had a little too much coconut cream or milk in it and would have preferred a less creamy (more peanutty) sauce.

For mains we decided to order the Massaman Beef Curry. This dish consisted of braised chunky beef pieces in a thick mild curry sauce with baby potatoes, fried onion and peanut. Although MC and I really enjoyed this curry, it was a little too creamy for my liking. Other Massaman curries I have had have been less creamy and a little spicier. Overall though, the beef was tender and soft, the potatoes added some depth and the peanuts contributed crunch. A great dish!

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Massaman Beef Curry, $15.90

We also ordered the Chilli and Lemongrass Sauce with chicken. This was a dish of stir-fried pieces of chicken, broccoli, lemongrass, red onion, garlic, carrots and chilli.

The dish was colourful and vibrant and there was a very large portion of it. By this point we were starting to get really full and I think one main or one entree to share would have been plenty for us. Although the chicken and vegetables were well-cooked, the sauce itself was lacking in flavour and, apart from the smell of the lemongrass, you could not really taste the chilli and lemongrass.

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Chilli and Lemongrass Chicken, $15.90

For dessert, I ordered the Black Sticky Rice with Thai Custard and MC ordered the  Vanilla Ice-Cream with Coconut Milk and Toasted Coconut.

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Black Sticky Rice with Thai Custard, $6.90 (sorry for the poor quality photo, I was a little excited to try this dish :p)

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Vanilla Ice-Cream with Coconut Milk and Toasted Coconut (can’t remember the price?)

The presentation of the sticky rice was quite poor. It would have looked much better in the bowl that the ice cream was presented in or shaped into a cute little mound in a rice cup.

When I tasted the rice, I expected it to be like “kiri bath”, a Sri Lankan coconut rice dish. However the dish was quite glutinous and the black rice had a strong, starchy flavour which I didn’t exactly like. The custard was alright but the mustard colour was a little off putting. Happily though, MC did like it, and he swapped his ice cream with me for the rice.

The ice cream was just vanilla, but the addition of coconut milk and toasted coconut made it creamier and slightly crunchy -yum!

Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service-6.5
  • Food-7.5
  • Ambience-8.5
  • Value –7.5

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