Spice I Am
30 locals recommend · Estimated price 2 out of 4 ·
Why locals recommend it
Though it’s been serving the city for over a decade, the Spice remains Sydney’s go-to for ultra-trad, ultra-spicy Thai food. It’s BYO, there’s no advance booking, and the food comes fast and furiously, but that’s all part of its charm. Thai food is ubiquitous in Sydney but this is the real deal. You don’t make friends with salad, unless you’re eating one here. Order their som tum—shredded green papaya with peanuts, tomato, and snake beans—for fiery refreshment between bites of kanom jeen nam ya—fermented rice noodles in fish curry sauce, topped with mustard greens.
Tips from locals
Co-owner and Executive/Head Chef Sujet Saenkham was born in a remote village in Ratchaburi province in Central Thailand. His mother is the daughter of the Kamnan (head of the local government sub-district Tambon), for that province. Sujet learned many of his skills as a chef first hand from his…
Spicy and authentic thai, eat in or take out. Go early or expect to queue. Chilli alert for the faint hearted.