Spice Market

Spice Market restaurant at W Hotel London
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SPICE MARKET CLOSED PERMANENTLY IN APRIL 2016 TO BE REPLACED BY BURGER & LOBSTER SUMMER 2016

Leicester Square ain’t the Meatpacking District, which perhaps explains why Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market outpost has never had the impact of the New York original. The dramatic first-floor restaurant and matching ground-floor bar with their black lacquer, brass ‘wok’ lights and filigree screens may evoke Sex and the City – though the less said about the staff’s ‘jailhouse orange’ uniforms the better. The sweeping pan-Asian menu travels from India to Japan and the sharing concept generally works, even if some dishes fall flat: our lobster summer rolls were drowned out by sriracha emulsion and the mango salad was overloaded with iceberg lettuce, although a spicy Thai short-rib burger and fried soft-shell crab with crispy steamed buns were both excellent. Big ticks also awarded for the considerate service, lush cocktails, bargain bento boxes and the new sushi bar.



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Spice Market

W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street ,London W1D 6QF

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by   platinum reviewer (198)

May 2015

Health warning for readers at the beginning of this review: this is going to be opinionated. Three of us recently breakfasted at Spice Market and it has to rate as one of the most disappointing and unprofessional culinary experiences in which I have recently partaken in London. What Spice Market may gain from being in the ostensibly ‘cool’ W Hotel (itself nestled in an incongruous location between the tourist trap of Leicester Square and the seedier end of Soho), it palpably lost in terms of food...

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 5

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Spice Market

W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street ,London W1D 6QF

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Aug 2011

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Having been to the Spice Market in NYC, this was a real disappointment. For a semi busy Wednesday night, the service was quite frankly terrible. The waitress did not know the menu as well as one would expect at the restuarant of this calibre. The starters arrived efficiently and were reasonably ok, the crab dumplings and the black pepper prawns were probably the tastiest, although not inventive or memorable. That's when it fell apart; they brought out our two bowls of fried rice along with a couple...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 2

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W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street ,London W1D 6QF

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by   (1)

Jun 2011

The best analogy I can draw is when a studio capitalizes on a brilliant film and produces a sequel without any of the original cast and devoid of the brilliance that defined the original film. The food was boring, bland and seemed like something from a strip mall. The space is appointed poorly. Whereas the Meat Packing District restaurant evokes fantasies of the subcontinent, this space, with its low ceilings and cheap-looking accessories, seems a shabby ripoff of the original. Awful. Don't go.

James O.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 1

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W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street ,London W1D 6QF

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by   bronze reviewer (8)

May 2011

I haven't been to the NYC Spice Market so this is purely based on London… When you think of the words Spice Market…you think of hustle / bustle and buzzy…unfortunately the restaurant was very quiet – despite one of my colleagues being told they were full for lunch. Although it didn't really matter, it just didn't seem to fit the decor that there were only a few tables filled. The food was good – Pork Satay was lovely…Lobster Pad Thai was to die for! I also very much enjoyed the Ginger Margarita...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 6

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W Hotel, 10 Wardour Street ,London W1D 6QF

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Apr 2011

For a restaurant that calls itself ‘Spice Market’, the food was shockingly bland and overall very disappointing. All of the dishes – with one exception – were boring and very under-seasoned. We actually had to ask for a shaker of salt to be brought to the table. The one dish that saved the meal from being a total disaster was the warm salmon sashimi. This was one of the better and more inventive dishes I have had in a long time, we ordered two servings – it was that good. Service was fine, staff...

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Barret J.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 2

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