South East Asian Dining at Spice Market

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South East Asian Dining at Spice Market

Spice Market is a contemporary restaurant located within the W Hotel on London’s Leicester Square offering modern South-East Asian cuisine. Sister to the New York outpost, Spice Market is set over two floors with a cocktail lounge on the ground floor and open plan dining floor upstairs. The restaurant is accessed via a separate entrance rather than via the hotel lobby and is frequented by locals and passing tourists as well as guests at the hotel.

Keeping with an Asian theme, the décor is somewhat oriental and shades of gold throughout add character the interior. The centrepiece is the rear wall that showcases all of the spices used throughout the menu and the variety of colours gives Spice Market a vivid and uplifting vibe.

Foodwise, the menu curated by Executive Chef Peter Lloyd is a journey into the exotic culinary tastes of South East Asia. Taking inspiration from street food, Peter has created a selection of authentic dishes with a sharing concept in mind.

To start, the signature spiced chicken samosas are a must, they come served with a coriander yoghurt which creates a sensational fusion of flavours. I’d also recommend having the black pepper shrimp, a simple dish done perfectly and the result is flawless. The portions are served as small plates so it’s best to order two to three per person; the Spice Plate platter is also a great way to try a little bit of everything.

The mains are devised into meat, seafood and vegetables, noodles and rice, it’s normally an idea to try one of each. An exotic selection of flavours, classic favourites such as soft shell crab and red duck curry sit alongside more innovative dishes like the monkfish which comes served wok fried cabbage, chestnuts and leaves. If dining for lunch, the Thai short rib cheeseburger is a good shout, it’s a good all-rounder East meets West dish and the meat is nicely done.

For dessert, Spice Market offers a unique choice of fruity and chocolatey options, the white chocolate and yuzu pavlova is my favourite, it comes dripping with a delicious basil syrup. The cheesecake and kulfi are also popular and they serve a great mix of different flavoured ice creams.

Available for private hire, Spice Market can accommodate 80 guests on the ground floor, 70 upstairs and for a more intimate affair, they have a private dining room that can host up to 40 seated or 80 standing.

The restaurant is open daily for lunch 12-3pm and dinner 5-11pm Sunday to Thursday with an extended opening until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.