Almost equidistant from the tourist hot spots that are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus and located just seconds away from the bright lights of Chinatown, lies Spice Market. Having heard it described as an upmarket South Asian restaurant, walking into the establishment, it certainly seemed to fit the bill. Furnished in a dark wood with golden low lighting, the interior appears to glow and the multitude of glass and mirrored surfaces adds to the twinkling effect.
It was busy, especially so for a Wednesday night, with a number of diners and a few drinking parties enjoying the music played by the in-house DJ. It exuded a cool atmosphere and clearly it’s secured its reputation as a fun place in which to socialise with friends and enjoy a few after-work drinks.
Spice Market has recently launched its sushi bar that sees Executive Chef Peter Lloyd draw on his recent travels to Doha, through which he has learnt a great deal about traditional pan-Asian cuisine; and combine this with Head Sushi Chef Victor Klomu’s incredible talent, to create deliciously authentic sushi of the highest quality. We were lucky enough to get to sample a few of their signature dishes, and even make a few ourselves!
We first got to try our hand at shaking up two of their house cocktails, and not to toot my own horn but I think I may have realised a new talent as a bar tender (although I don’t think I’ll be juggling glasses anytime soon – probably best to leave that to the professionals). This was interspersed with some sushi-making demonstrations from Klomu, followed by us attempting to copy what we’d just learnt. Although I don’t think I’ll be winning any awards for my Nigiri or California Rolls, it was a lot of fun and as Lloyd pointed out, it all tastes the same once it’s in your mouth, right? And I can tell you, it tastes really delicious! Their emphasis is on using only the most authentic and fresh ingredients, and it shows. As well as each dish being made to order, means that what they serve up is probably the best sushi I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.
Definitely worth a visit, for dinner and drinks (I can personally recommend the Ginger Margarita, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t even usually like margaritas); we only got to try the sushi but their entire menu looks amazing. The staff were all really friendly and helpful, definitely adding to the whole experience. All in all, Spice Market is a super cool venue that delivers excellent service, dining and drinks; making it a restaurant that I look forward to returning to.
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Having lived in London all her life, Kate is ashamed to admit she still hasn't visited many of the standard tourist attractions (although she does plan to), preferring to focus instead on the Capital's numerous dining (and wining) options.