Spice Market – W Hotel

We have been to the Spice Market in the W Hotel before and have been delighted by the service and quality of the food. The Spice Market as the name suggests has an Asian fusion in its style and food choice. We first had a drink in the uber stylish bar. This is on the first floor and has light wood and gold as its key theme. There are jars of spices and herbs that are aligned along the side of the bar and there are so many subtle decorations it is hard not to keep looking around and finding more. We sat by the bar and ordered a sour raspberry Japanese martini that was sour yet refreshingly light at the same time.

We were then taken to our table on the floor above. This is connected to the bar by a winding staircase made of the same light wood as in the bar. Upstairs the gold continues to thread through the decor but now red seems to take over and dominate as there are red table cloths, blinds and all the waiting staff are dressed in red Japanese uniforms.

We ordered the ‘Gourmet bento box’ which compromised of a number of dishes that were from their gourmet ingredient selection. We first were given a selection of fresh popadoms that were still warm from being cooked with a spicy pickle to dip them in. This was followed by a small bowl of shaved tuna with chilli tapioca. The tapioca half filled the bowl and the raw shavings of tuna lay inside this, it was really delicious and incredibly light. There was a taste of fresh Asian pears along with the subtle meaty tuna notes. This was a really subtle dish and nice way to start the meal. We then had a lime lobster summer roll which was similar to a Japanese paper roll but had a really meaty piece of lobster tail inside, Generous in size and pure white. The effort that they put into the quality as well as the presentation never fails to satisfy. The main course was duck in a red curry. This was not hot but had a very gentle kick. The curry sauce was thick and a rich brown colour which was served with sticky rice which was served wrapped in a banana leaf. The presentation was truly exquisite.

Throughout the meal, the service was faultless and we never had to wait on a course or need to complain. We asked the waiter which dessert we should have- as we are not dessert girls but as our fellow diner wanted one we thought it rude not to join in (a poor excuse we know but we are sure some of you may have been convinced…no?) The waiter said that he would get the head waiter who was in charge of the dessert formulation and he came to advice. We liked this as throughout our meal the ‘expert’ waiter in each specific area who had in depth knowledge on that area and could advise.

For dessert we shared a fruit platter and were told that it ‘should’ be enough to share and it definitely was! The platter had a wide variety of tropical fruit including pineapple, dragon fruit and Asian pear. There was certainly enough for two with a number of slices and chucks of each variety,

Sex Drugs and Bacon Rolls gives the Spice Market – W Hotel for food, service and overall quality:

            Food                       Atmosphere                      Service

4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

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13 thoughts on “Spice Market – W Hotel

  1. that is fascinating. thanks for sharing

    1. Glad you like it, we just try and write our honest thoughts of the restuarants and encourage sharing. If you have any thoughts and/or recomendations please let us know.

  2. Have stayed at W hotel in a couple of cities – and their restaurants are very good. The whole hotel concept is GREAT – from check in to check out. Belongs to the Starwood group. The London W must be quite new, if it hadn’t been by Leicester Square would I try it out – not much going on around there … too noisy area. Keep myself to Royal Garden – by the way have you tried out their Chinese restaurant -not a fan of Chinese food, but that was good when I tried it last – 2 years ago.

    1. Wow I would love to stay there, I know they have a good reputation. I am going to NY end of the year so may stay at the W there. Have you been? Would you recomend? I agree that Leicester Sqaure is a strange location for it, especially as it is next to ‘M and M world’ (a shop dedicated to M & M sweets!). There must be some rationale there but just not quiet put my finger on it yet.
      No I have never tried the Royal Garden’s restuarant; like you I steer away from Chinese cuisine as a rule but I after your recomendation and looking at the menu I think I will add it to our to do list.
      Thanks so much!

      1. They have a couple of “W” in NYC – where I always stay is Midtown – I’m not very picky regarding hotel, so long it’s a great price and location, not under 3-stars – a great website http://www.quikbook.com/ – get their newsletter and they have real good prices on specially NYC – who is very expensive.

      2. Thnaks for the tip, I will sign up to the newsletter. Atleast I know that it will be nice, there is nothing worse than going to a new city and not knowing the best place to stay for location and comfort. Like you I am not too picky but I do want a great location and comfort.

      3. There is some rough places around New York .. Midtown – Chelsea – stay out Time Square – too noisy – only short walking distance – Macy’s area is perfect.

      4. Please, do – their chef’s are imported from China – and it’s on the top floor … they always had a problem with their top floor restaurant until they went Chines. As it was before with normal a la carte – it was a joke – very poor. At least when I was there, the place was packed.

      5. By the way when you go to NYC you have to visit our famous Swedish chef – Marcus – here is his website. http://marcussamuelsson.com/ – He won America Top Chef many years ago and he was Executive Chef for “Aquavit”, NYC quite a few years – an other restaurant you should visit. Has his Harlem restaurant how – never been, mixed reviews so fare. One of the top chefs in American.

      6. Oh my! I just looked ta the menu, this place is a must. I will make sure I make a note of that. There is a nice Swedish restarant in central London but I find it plays too much on its Swedish menu design than it does to its quality. Sometimes simple is the best. This restaurant looks right up my street though! Thanks again!

      7. You who eat out .. so much should join toptable – where you can get 50% of the food bill. When I lived in UK I used them all the time. You join free – fantastic bargains … then you collect points when give feedback and you get free meals out that too. They have all major cities in UK and Europe plus New York. toptable.co.uk

  3. A great share! I walked past this restaurant and thought I should visit it. Your review means I need to, soon!!

    1. Yes please do and have a snaeky cocktail in the bar upstairs (not the one actually in the resturant) you will not regret it!

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