Tuesday, 19 January 2010
TAKEAWAY REVIEW: Spicebox
The tastiest Thai around
EVER SINCE BITE INTRODUCED ME TO SPICEBOX TAKEAWAY OVER A YEAR AGO, I HAVE NOT, NOT EVEN ONCE, BOTHERED DINING OUT FOR THAI. HAVING FOOD DELIVERED TO YOU IS ALWAYS A TREAT BUT WHEN IT'S YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF CUISINE AND IT'S BETTER THAN ANY RESTAURANT AROUND, WHY WOULD YOU LEAVE THE FLAT?
So since I am partial to a few favourites on the menu, I request, for unbiased review purposes, to have a bag of surprises delivered to my door. The first of the mystery boxes held starters of gai hor bai teoy (£4.65), tod mun pla (fish cakes, £4.25), por pia jae (spring rolls, £4.05) and por pia gai (also spring rolls £4.25). The gai hor bai teoy is favoured especially - Thai whisky, sesame oil and spice-marinated chicken is already perfectly juicy and flavourful before wrapped in Pandanus tree leaves. The sesame honey dip is a perfect complement and the presentation of the dish alone is worth it.
The tasty fish cakes are packed well with cod, salmon and haddock that are fresh from Eddie's Seafood Market. Our spring rolls are filled with first veg, bean sprouts and glass noodles and wrapped in pastry with a sweet basil leaf, and the latter is made with the traditional fillings of delicious chicken and herbs. Starters are often my favourite part of a meal and this is no exception.
Probably the sweetest surprise is the 'salad' we receive - the yum nua yang beef (£6.45). It's a rather ample and hot dish resembling the likes of a curry more so than a salad. Strips of beef are cooked on a flame grill and entwined with a leaf salad with cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, shallots and an outstanding Thai salad dressing. This dish is a hot one and layered with flavours, each bite unravelling a different taste. Tremendous. Eat it as a main with a side of lovely jasmine rice.
The final fave is number 39: gaeng ped yang (£8.95). Said to be a central Thailand fave, it's made with red curry paste, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, grapes (yes, grapes!!), chili and sweet basil. The many complexities of this dish is what makes it a must, and yes, the sweetness of the grapes with the cherry tomatoes help to nail it.
Orders usually take an hour as they're made from scratch but I'd have waited longer to consume the best Thai in town in my own living room. (KELLY RAE SMITH)
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