Spice I Am, Darlinghurst

It was one of those uber productive weekend. First, I woke up early for my hair appointment. It was not the plan to take it shorter than when I chopped off my locks. Somehow, my hairdresser managed to convince me that going shorter is exciting and fun. I reckon he had lots of fun and was really getting into it. I do love my new cut but must not cut it any shorter! That will be crew cut and I will look more boy than Mister! Mister sent a photo to @mamajeroxie and she said that we look like twins now. Oh dear!

The hair cut took a little longer than usual and by the time I got home, it was time for lunch. We were only planning to head to the sandwich shop next to Youein Foodstore. We changed our mind and headed towards Darlinghurst instead. Mister suggested Spice I Am and we were tempted by other cafes a long the way. Nothing really won our hearts and I guess we wanted something full flavoured and spicy instead of the usual cafe type dishes.

We were the first customers and it was too beautiful of a day not to sit outside and watch the world go by. It is late Autumn but the weather was still really good. But now the rain is back and the cold has finally sink in. I am still reminiscing this beautiful dish call Bour Tod ($14.50).  Please order this dish because I will over and over again. It’s baby prawn fritter on crispy betal leaf with coating of sweet chilli sauce with crunchy roasted buts. It is sweet, spicy, crunchy and very moorish. It is so easy to finish this all by myself but I had to share with Mister.

prawn fritter on betel leaves

Mister ordered a fried rice with crab meat ($16). There is a generous amount of crab and the fried rice is done really well. It is not lumpy and all the rice grains are nicely separated and coated with oil and bits of egg.

fried rice with crab meat

Spice I Am is also known for its crispy pork belly. It is wok tossed with Spice I Am chilli jam and cherry tomatoes. It is super fatty, super deep fried and super yummy. I can feel my bum growing by the inch with very piece of crispy pork that I enjoy. But it is worth it! Just hit the gym and work it off after. This is another must order dish. It is also good to know that this place does takeaway and there Spice I Am in Surry Hills and Balmain as well.

crispy pork belly


We needed a salad. I could help myself and had to order Nam Khao Tod ($21). It is a Thai pork sausage  on crispy rice salad with chilli powder, ground peanuts, coriander, eschallot, spring onion and mint leaves. I love every single dish that is ordered. They are full of flavour and can’t help but to keep eating and not wanting to stop. It is salty, sweet and spicy. It’s everything I love about Thai food.

Thai pork sausage  on crispy rice salad

There are a few places in Darlinghurst that looks really interesting and will be back to try. One of them is A Tavola. The menu is really small and seems like a place to go for pasta. And another is this Mexican joint called Beach Burrito Company and many others. We went past cute cafes and hole in the wall like Latteria.

Any other recommendations in Darlinghurst that I must go?

Spice I Am, Darlinghurst
296-300 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 ‎Tel: 02 9332 2445

Trading Hours – Monday to Sunday from 11.30pm – 3.30pm, 5.45pm – 10.30pm

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