Spice Market restaurant’s new Singapore street food tasting menu: review

Read our review of the Singapore street food tasting menu at Spice Market, a South-east Asian restaurant in the W Hotel, Leicester Square. The special tasting menu is available until the end of August 2015.

in a nutshell

Stylish street food restaurant gets a new 10-course tasting menu.


who’s cooking?

Executive chef Peter Lloyd who established Spice Market back in 2011 with the help of food legend Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

menu know-how

The menu is inspired by chef Peter Lloyd’s travels in Singapore and in particular by the traditional Singaporean hawker stalls. Familiar street food dishes such as Hainanese chicken and rice and Wok fried carrot cake are given a slightly more refined touch but the essential elements of the dishes are respected.

must-order dishes

As it’s a tasting menu the choices have been made for you, but do save room for an incredible spin on a classic Singapore chilli crab. In this version the crab are tiny soft shell crabs in a rich red chilli sauce; the traditional steamed buns have extra texture from a quick deep frying; and a sprinkle of kaffir lime salt brings everything together nicely. We’re also hoping that the Kaya jam and pandan macaron with soy caramel ice cream makes it onto the regular menu. Kick off with one of their delicately spiced cocktails – we recommend the Cherry Yuzu Singapore Sling or the Ginger Margarita.

what’s the room like?

Sleek and contemporary with a slightly clubby feel as the evening wears on. It’s the sister restaurant to one of the same name in New York and it definitely has that slick city feel. A huge shimmering bar runs down one side of the room and the kitchen is open for chef watching.

need to know

You might need to pace yourself because portions are extremely generous. Or go with a few people who have a hearty appetite.

what we loved

Spice Market is a great place to escape the bustle of London’s West End, especially early evening when it tends to be more serene. The staff are relaxed, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The cocktail waiter in particular was spot on recommending the perfect drink to kick things off and kept us stocked with the highly addictive spiced popcorn as we sat at the bar.

10-course tasting menu, £48 per person until August 2015


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