Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Spice Market, Cammeray

The Boy and I grab out passports and head over to the north shore for a family dinner.  I don't really spend much time in this neck of the woods anymore so am a bit stumped for ideas on where to eat. What I do know is that Big Sister is in town (visiting from the remote, food bereft WA town where she and her boyfriend The Colonel live) so whatever we eat has to be Asian, Asian or Asian. 

We end up at Spice Market in Cammeray, a Thai restaurant, which seems to be a bit of a favourite of Big Brothers.  As there are eight of us at this family gathering we grab a big table in the outside courtyard area.  It's a pleasant area to dine, but The Boy seems to be very worried about this pigeon perched just above our table...and everyone else is keeping one eye on the clouds are hovering ominously overhead.

As our group is quite large we decide to order two of each dish so that everyone gets to have a decent taste of what's on offer...a good strategy I think.

We start with Big Sister's favourite, Fresh Rice Paper Rolls ($6.00 for 2).  The rolls on offer are vegetarian, but we ask for some prawns to be added which is no problem at all.

I think these would be some of the fattest fresh spring rolls I've ever seen. I'm totally impressed that the masses of fillings aren't busting out of the delicate rice paper.  The rolls are stuffed to the brim with carrot, bean sprouts, cucumber and crushed peanuts...with a pretty mint leaf on top.  The homemade tamarind sauce is lovely - slightly sweet yet salty, with pieces of coriander bobbing happily on top.

The Colonel puts in an order for duck...something that seems to be in short supply in their little WA town.  We order the most beautifully tasting Roast Duck Red Curry ($22.00).  The duck is served in a rich and creamy red chilli curry sauce, and accompanied with sweet lychees and fresh vegetables.

Just as we're about to start eating our mains, bit fat drops of rain start falling from the sky.  There is a bit of a debate as to whether or not it's just a few drops or the beginning of a downpour. The consensus is to move inside to make sure we stay dry, and this is where things get a bit chaotic...

As we get settled at our new home inside everything we ordered ends up on our table within the space of about 5 - 10 minutes. There's really not enough room for all of the dishes, plus our own plates and glasses, and we end up just filling out plates with food to get rid of the empty serving plates of our table. STRESSFUL!!!  Of course, I have to take a photo of everything before it's dished up, which nearly gets me sent out to the car to wait for everyone.

So, in no particular order of appearance, we have Chicken Pad Thai Noodles ($13.00).  This dish is a jumble of thin rice noodles with chicken, egg, topped with bean shoots, crushed peanuts and served with a wedge of lemon.  Yum.

Big Brother insisted we order the Lamb and Pumpkin Massaman Curry ($22.00) as it is his all time favourite dish here. The curry is made with lamb shanks and a huge pumpkin wedge which are stewed in massaman sauce until the lamb falls from the bone.  I thought this was rather an unusual dish for a Thai restaurant but it is deliciously tasty.  I'm not a fan of lamb shanks normally as I find the taste too strong, but this was subtle tasting, and the creamy massaman sauce was perfect!

My choice for the evening is a BBQ Beef Salad ($13.50). I am totally in love with Thai salads as the flavours and ingredients are always so fresh. I love the zesty dressings and I always feel healthy eating a Thai salad (even one that comes with fatty duck)!   Spice Market's salad is tossed with grated carrot, mint, coriander, chilli, lemongrass, red onions, and has bit chunks of tomato and cucumber.  The lemon juice dressing has my taste buds all aflutter!

Last but not least is a Sweet Basil and Chilli Stirfry With Chicken ($13.50).   This is a nice dish that is served with tender chicken pieces and a selection of fresh seasonal vegetables.  I have to admit I really love sweet basil in Thai amazing often order this dish when I see it on a menu.

All in all we had a lovely dinner at Spice Market.  Unfortunately the rain and moving tables made things a bit stressful, but the food was absolutely delicious.

Spice Market is at 461 Miller Street, Cammeray. Phone 9955 0145.

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  1. I could really go for some Thai now after seeing those great looking dishes and it's only 8:45am! Thanks for your comments too, you made my day!

  2. sounds like an interesting experience, the food is presented beautifully and looks so fresh.

  3. Wow that all looks wonderful - your photography is superb!! Ha - grabbed your passports!!!

  4. Many of my friends aren’t fans of Lam Shanks either but I love them, especially the marrow.

  5. Haha love it how you 'grabbed your passports'!

    I used to live in Cammeray and never ate here :( What was I thinking!!

  6. That is all making me sooo hungry at this time of the day Mel! Yum :)

  7. When I'm trying to be good I always get the BBQ beef salad, it's so refreshing.

  8. That barbecue salad looks great. I love the mountain of fresh salad vegetables added to thai and vietnamese salads. They are so cool against sometimes spicy food. The place looks good, might need to plan a trip "overseas".

  9. Interesting interpretation of fresh rolls.. they do look big, but I'm used to a more manageable size.

    The sweet basil chicken look very good though

  10. Those fresh rolls are really good. I agree thai salads are soo good, aren't they! Eating a salad when I'm out makes me feel less guilty about all the eating out I do!

  11. All these dishes look delicious! I like the look of those fat rice paper rolls especially!!

  12. that is some mumbo jumbo paper rolls! hell lamb shanks arent thai but they taste good so who cares :P they even have a whole wedge of pumpkin in it!

  13. I use to live around the corner from there :) all that time and we never actually went there.
    The duck curry looks amazing though!!

  14. Ah... I love Cammeray, but for some odd reason haven't been to this restaurant before. After seeing all of this, particularly the lamb and pumpkin Massaman curry, I have to get there! Thanks! :)

  15. oh i had thai the other night, duck and lychee curry! soooo good :) have seen this place, will have to check it out.

  16. Definitely some some unusual dishes for a Thai restaurant. The lamb and pumpkin Massaman curry does look good, I think it would be my favourite choice too.

  17. The lamb shank dish looks really interesting. I must cook lamb shanks this week, as I haven't had them for ages and love them!

  18. Hi everyone - thanks for your comments. How funny that so many people live near this restaurant but haven't been. I would be quite happy if this was my local Thai.


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