Spice I Am
This stalwart of the Sydney Thai restaurant scene opened in 2004 and has since become one of the most popular Thai restaurants outside Bangkok. The menu features all the Thai favourites we’ve come to love and is authentic as they come, loaded with flavour and extreme spice. Conveniently, the restaurant has a BYO policy and no corkage price, although, less conveniently, you will have to wait for a table almost always.
When you do get the chance to sit down, start with a serving of Mieng Kuay Teaw (slithers of pork and vegetables wrapped in rice paper) or a piquant Tom Yum Goong to acclimatise your palate. For those who like chilli, Spice I Am’s Kang Som Pla (fish curry) is delicious, as is their Basil Crispy Chicken, Larb and Green Papaya Salad. Cool your palate with a Young Coconut Juice or some of the less spicy menu options – Mussaman curry is another favourite.
Chef Sujet Saenkhan – the original chef and founder of Spice I Am – has since opened a new venture, House, only a few blocks away at the Triple Ace Hotel on Elizabeth Street. Featuring an even more authentic menu of specifically north-eastern Thai food, and with shorter waiting times, House it is a convenient alternative to the original.
For those near Darlinghurst, Spice I am has opened another location in Darlinghurst. Unlike the Surry Hills location, the Darlinghurst location is not BYO.