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Spice Market

Spice Market

Left: Lychee and raspberry bellini Right: Ginger ale
Left: Lychee and raspberry bellini Right: Ginger ale

Spice Market is the place to go for delicious Southeast Asian fusion and some of the most fit waiters you’ll find.  The waitresses all wear orange uniforms that show off their backs while the men wear more conservative outfits that look like fashionable prison uniforms.  After getting over their Southeast Asian inspired costumes, you will definitely be enticed by their menus.

My friend and I were there for brunch so we were offered their lunch menu along with their brunch prix fixe menu, which I highly suggest.  The drinks are phenomenally refreshing.  My lychee and raspberry bellini was naturally sweet and gave me the pick-me-up I needed to start off my Sunday (but I did think it needed some more lychee).  Meanwhile, they do have a selection of non-alcoholic drinks, from which you should definitely try one of their homemade sodas!

Chips
Chips

Before our dishes came, we were offered thin chips with a red dipping sauce.  The chips themselves are a bit dry and have an acquired taste, but dipped in the chili sauce with a kick, the combination is absolutely addicting!

Sticky bun with cashew, caramel and whipped honey butter
Sticky bun with cashew, caramel and whipped honey butter

From the brunch menu, I started off with the sticky bun topped off with cashews, caramel and whipped honey butter.  OMG.  If you aren’t allergic to the ingredients, GET THIS.  I have a sweet tooth so this decently sized bun was a nice side to go along with my savory breakfast entrée…

Skillet baked eggs, short rib and brussel sprout hash
Skillet baked eggs, short rib and brussel sprout hash

…Which was actually slightly disappointing, especially after I tried my friend’s fried chicken and biscuit dish.  My baked eggs were perfectly cooked and broke open like melted gold oozing out over a bed of short rib and brussel sprout hash.  What let me down was the fact that this entire dish needed more flavoring from spices, including salt.

Left: Fried chicken and biscuits with Korean chili honey Right: Crispy potatoes with chili and lime
Left: Fried chicken and biscuits with Korean chili honey Right: Crispy potatoes with chili and lime

But if you try the fried chicken and biscuits, one bite will blow you away!  The Korean chili honey is the perfect condiment to pair with the crispy and juicy chicken.  I definitely wish I had ordered this!  And his side of crispy potatoes was definitely above average in texture and flavor, but it was nothing like my delectable sticky bun.

Tips:

  1. Come here for brunch – the prix fixe is $25 and includes an entrée, a side and a drink (including alcoholic ones) so it’s a decent deal!
  2. You should definitely go downstairs (where the bathrooms are) and check it out – the lounge-like semi-private rooms look very plush, and the décor transports you temporarily to Southeast Asia.
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