23 September 2014

Eat Me. Spice Market W Hotel, Leicester Square

I have long known about the Spice Market restaurants, after all the one in New York is pretty famous, so I was delighted to stumble across the London venue last weekend in Leicester Square. Housed in the elite W Hotel, Spice Market provides a gourmet take on Asian street food with glamorous interiors and a layout that truly does feel like a spice market. Jars and bottles of various infusions line the walls along with several key ingredients in oriental cooking.

The menu offers a range of dishes from sushi and tempura to bento boxes, soups, salads and plenty of seafood. I opted for the classic bento box so that I could sample a few things - it included a spicy chicken samosa with coriander yoghurt, spicy thai slaw, malaysian cod and jasmine rice. Everything had great flavour and I really enjoyed each dish - their recipes are delightfully fragrant but [as you can guess from the restaurant name] also quite spicy so request it mild if your tolerance is low. Topped off with a crisp glass of savignon blanc it was the nicest lunch I've had in a while. My friend ordered a selection of sushi which looked delicious as well.

The service here is great; attentive but well spaced out so you don't feel rushed, and if you can't finish your sushi they'll even pack it up for you to take home. As you leave you'll also get a lovely package of Spice Market cookies - their gingernut biscuit was up there with the best I've had. 5/5

Where: W Hotel 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
Bookings: Recommended
Phone: 020 7758 1088

Photos by Krissie.

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