When Lemongrass Thai closed down, I was none too upset. There were plenty of other Thai restaurants nearby, most notably Born and Song, all with inexpensive and delicious fare. I hoped that something entirely new would open in the space. When I heard that it would be another Thai restaurant (and part of a chain at that) I was a little disappointed. However, I never suffered delusions that I wouldn’t eat there!
So eat I did, beginning with Jade Seafood Dumplings and Papaya Salad. I really liked the dumplings which were green and swimming in a little pool of massaman curry. The papaya salad was fresh but missing that super acidic bite that I associate with Papaya Salads. Maybe not enough lime?
I watched the hustle and bustle of the open kitchen as we waited for our entrees to arrive. Though it inevitably means I’ll go home reeking of Thai Food, I love being able to see all of the action behind the counter.
This location hasn’t been open long but they were quite busy!
Nevertheless, our food came out super quick. I had the Black Noodle dish with tofu. The noodles were nice chewy texture and I enjoyed the egg, broccoli, and black bean sauce. However, I have an inkling that the dish was loaded with sodium and have to confess I didn’t feel too well after eating it. Bummer.
Across the table, my date (whom I am married to) chowed down on the Hawaiian Ginger & Pineapple with tofu. I love ginger and all, but the taste of it was very strong in this dish – perhaps too strong. I don’t think either of us would order it again.
I don’t think I will be frequenting Spice in the future, but do appreciate A) the Jade Seafood Dumplings and B) that they did a really nice job renovating the restaurant interior. It is now dark, sleek, and much more inviting than I found Lemongrass to be.
I’m not rooting for Spice to fail by any means and would love to hear other opinions. Has anyone had a different experience there? Where is your go-to place for Thai in Brooklyn?
61A 7th Ave
Brooklyn NY 11217
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