For a restaurant, Thai Spice is deceptively larger than it appears. With entrances from the front and rear, I think you could easily fit 80 people in here. With that being said, there is limited parking at the rear of the restaurant, so I can’t see this place ever being a full house. The decor here is basic with a few traditional ornaments hanging off the walls. The tables are a bit higher than normal and the one we were sitting at wasn’t particularly clean.
Tonight, we ordered an entree platter to share, and for mains, I ordered a Pad Thai. The entree came out within 10 minutes of ordering, and the main about 10 minutes after we had finished the entree.
PANDAN CHICKEN – The pandan leaf was slightly burnt, however, the chicken inside was perfectly cooked. While the lemongrass was not clearly visible, you could taste strong hints of it.
BEEF SATAY – From the outside, it looked like a piece of chicken. I commented on what a tough piece of chicken it was until I realised it was beef. The meat was lean and sufficiently tenderised. The satay sauce was a bit too smooth in texture. I would have preferred a bit more crunchiness from the peanuts in the sauce.
SPRING ROLL – Nice freshly fried spring rolls. The spring roll skin was a nice golden brown. The vegetable filling was soft and moist, and the use of glass noodles was a nice touch. It really went well with the sweet and sour dipping sauce.
PAD THAI – The Pad Thai was very well presented, and had a nice reddish brown colour. The noodles were perfectly cooked, however, they were slightly on the oily side. The vegetables were fresh, and the use of green beans and celery added some unexpected crunchiness. The odd piece of chicken and prawn made their appearance in the dish, but I thought they could have added more. Not the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had, but it was slightly better than average.
The atmosphere was relaxed even with the restaurant being located on a busy arterial road. Most of their customers are locals who come in for take away. I’m not surprised considering the car parking situation. The pricing at this place represents great value. My main was only $9 which is a bargain considering I pay double at other restaurants. The staff were friendly and welcoming, and the service was pretty good.
A nice little gem of a Thai restaurant out in the suburbs.
WHERE: 557 Grange Road, Grange