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19 April 2014
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Spice Market

W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF

£60.00 Pan-Asian Soho

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  • Wine: £28.00
  • Champagne: £72.00
  • Lunch: ££16/18 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: ££18/20 (2/3 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 7-11am Sat-Sun 8-11.30am Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 5-11pm (Fri-Sat -12M)Mon-Sun

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The London outpost of superstar chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s US chain, Spice Market remains an annoyingly underperforming melting pot of ‘swanky but impersonal’ platitudes and unfulfilled expectations. The handsome, moodily lit first-floor dining room ‘feels like Dubai’ with its caged lights, black lacquered tables and a huge wall of spices, while a smart ground-floor bar dispenses fusion cocktails including a cracking ginger margarita. Meanwhile, the menu of stylised pan-Asian sharing dishes runs from spicy chicken samosas with coriander yoghurt to tempura soft-shell crab with zesty Thai basil and lime sauce – although the results can range from ‘fantastic’ to ‘forgettable’. For us, offbeat desserts such as Ovaltine kulfi with caramelised banana and spiced chocolate sauce provided the highlight. Generous bento boxes also make Spice Market a good option for pre-theatre dining or lunch on the run.

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  1. Spice Market

    W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
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    cg
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    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 2

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  2. Spice Market

    W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
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    Natasha S.
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    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 2

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  3. Spice Market

    W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
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    James O.
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    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 2
    • Value: 1

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  4. Spice Market

    W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
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    Sarah C.
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 6

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  5. Spice Market

    W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
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    Tom T.
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    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 5

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  6. Spice Market

    W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QF
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    Barret J.
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    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 2

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  1. The Spice Market is a broadly Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant housed within the trendy, flashy 192-bedroomed W Hotel, Leicester Square. It’s an outpost of three Michelin starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s celebrated Manhattan restaurant. Such accolades can only lead to great expectations, so it’s no surprise really that reviewers have been somewhat unkind. Guardian critic Jay Rayner lost the will to carry on before dessert arrived and Telegraph critic Matthew Norman scored a dismal 2/10. It really doesn’t leave much for food enthusiasts to be optimistic about. The restaurant website promises me a sultry atmosphere but it’s more reminiscent of an upmarket night-club with a loosely Asian theme. There’s a relaxed lounge vibe with an open kitchen space, gold mesh sliding screens, brass lanterns, jatoba flooring, black low leather seating and bottles of exotic spices lining the counter. It’s contemporary and pretty inoffensive. Other reviewers have complained about the low tables but just short of 5″2 I’m rather enamoured with a correctly sized seating area...
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Essential Details for Spice Market

  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £60.00
  • Wine: £28.00
  • Champagne: £72.00
  • Lunch: ££16/18 (2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: ££18/20 (2/3 courses)

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