Permanently Closed - Spice Market London

3.9
1361 reviews
£26 to £40
Southeast Asian

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - A timeless paean to Southeast Asian sensuality, Spice Market titillates London with Jean-Georges Vongerichten's piquant interpretations of the region's cuisine served in a casual, sultry atmosphere.


Inspired by the street food Jean-Georges enjoyed while traveling in Southeast Asia, Spice Market's menu authentically uplifts its inspirations while offering guests the additional delight of family-style dining – food comes continuously throughout the meal and is placed at the center of table for all to share. With each new dish, patrons are transported to the idealization of a Vietnamese street market or a Thai food stall. Regional curries, fish sauces and spices are tweaked to tantalizing effect in dishes like Spiced Chicken Samosas with Cilantro Yogurt, Cod with Malaysian Chili Sauce.
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3.9based on all time ratings
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3.9
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4.0
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peic
London
47 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was too salty - the food is definitely tasty but just a tad too salty for us

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2016
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We came all the way from the netherlands. The food was really nice. We were recommended to order different plates en share it. But the portions were big.
The service was very bad. Unkind en unpersonal. They were in a hurry to get us out. We repeatly asked for a break but it seemed not possible. So we were outside within 75 minutes.
Wine was very nice

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The starters came out very quickly. The mains came out at different times, which the waiter did warn us about! My main was barley warm. When they replaced my main they left a serving fork in it by mistake. Apart from that the food and atmosphere was nice!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Vibrant atmosphere but very cozy feel.

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vipAnthonyP
Raleigh
58 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience1

My only concern with this restaurant is the noise level - not only is the overall noise level high, but they tend to turn the music up VERY loud making conversation quite challenging.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn't really have much time but overall the experience was very calm and enjoyable. My boyfriend proposed to me and the waiters had no idea what was happening until he got down on one knee with the ring. after they realized he was proposing we were bought a small cake with congratulations written in chocolate and two strawberries covered in white and milk chocolate in a fashion of a woman and a man with two sticks on the end. It was very sweet!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2016
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Food was overdone and at that price, ribs and cod should be cooked perfect. Service was only OK. Cocktails took very long to be made. Carrot cake side was not like description and coconut rice was greasy with no coconut.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, love the design of the restaurant: trendy, comfy, appropriate layouts of furniture, great lighting and friendly staff, Peppino was brilliant! Besides, fans of Jean-Georges, simple dishes but great taste, absolutely flawless!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five if us for an early meal (5pm) pre theatre. Great ambient impact as soon as we went in. Staff were so helpful and welcoming... even gave us some tea bags (we loved the peppermint tea) The food was divine - so many subtle flavours and perfect for sharing... can't recommend highly enough - made my birthday just perfect !

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Having been here before albeit at lunch, the place was buzzing and my request for around table was met for which I was appreciative.
Service was slow throughout the entire evening, having to ask for things twice and when the meal accompaniments were served without any main meals and when main meals came in dribs and drabs no rice came. When no desserts were required the big sigh from the waitress was noted by many of my guests! So all in all not the best experience especially when charged an obligatory 12.5% service charge.
When asked if I would go again - I am reluctant to say yes or no to be fair.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great interesting fusion food - the only place that does Asian carrot cake. Love the black pepper shrimp - it's da boss.

GR
GailR
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spotted the Spice Market Restaurant on a blog for 'Top 10 Pre-Theatre Restaurants' and decided to give it a try. We were so impressed and surprised we had not heard about it before. The staff were super friendly and helpful. We ordered the Bento Box (Classic & Gourmet) and were very impressed by the tasty and flavorsome variety of dishes that we received. It was a great way to taste various dishes if you have not eaten here before, and it is beautifully presented! If you love a bit of SPICE this is a wonderful place to eat. The Kaffir Lime Cheesecake for dessert was recommended by the waitress and it was a WINNER! Will be back for more... just sorry we had to dash off for the show... although we were so full, so eating more was not an option!

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CynthiaL
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were going to a matinee theatre performance so did not have a lot of time. We placed a simple order and were told it would take 15 minutes to prepare. We were given some tasty tit bits in the meantime. However, the food had not arrived after 25 minutes. The waiter was concerned and kept saying it was on its way. He then suggested that we could have the main part of our order but that a soup would take a little longer. We agreed to do this as our time was running short. It was at this point that a lady came to our table and said she realised we had experienced problems with our order and had a time constraint. She immediately offered a 50% reduction on the bill. The food was excellent, without the time hiccup the service was good. Her executive decision was professional and appreciated. The design, style and layout of the restaurant are most attractive. Worth visiting.

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Santi
London
75 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had been to this restaurant in NY and Doha, both are great and so London one is. Very nice, well-located, great food and fantastic service.

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Darren
London
13 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience1

This was my second visit to the Spice Market. This visit was not great - poor service and being right next to open kitchen meant conversation continually interrupted by large flashes of over sized flames and leaving clothes smelling like we had just completed a shift in a fish and chip shop!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2016
Overall3food5service2ambience5

...but this time I was very disappointed. The service was very cold and basic. It was not much more than just a 'Hello' and 'Bye'. The food is always good-there is nothing bad to say. But no hand towel was served. No interaction at all. The bill was presented straight away after we said we don't want a dessert which felt like a "kick-out". We have been there a lot of times but it seems like that doesn't matter. My guests and I used to be treated like regular guests-not anymore. Shame.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined here on Valentine's night under recommendation, and I am delighted that we did as from our warm welcome received, waitress service, ambience and of course the food (very important to me) we had a very special night!!! I would highly recommend Spice Market and would be very excited to go back again given the chance!!!

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Tom1
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is extremely courteous and friendly. The bar downstairs is spacious and even if busy it does not feel crammed. Restaurant tables are also not too close to each other. I have easten several times at spice market and I would always go back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was gens rally good but I did not like that me and my other half were seated downstairs near the door and getting cold whenever it opened especially when the nicer tables were upstairs. So my advice ask to be seated upstairs.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great ambience with lovely food. Wonderful atmosphere and decor for special occasions. However 2 things slightly let it down. The first being the service charge of 12.5% which was automatically added to our drinks order when we sat at the bar. Again 12.5% service charge was automatically added to our food bill. This may lead some customers thinking this goes to the restaurant and then feel additionally inclined to leave the server a further tip in case....

We were seated at 5pm and the restaurant was nearly empty. Customers started to arrive shortly after however they were served prawn crackers first, while we were left waiting. The next next table's starter was then delivered to us by mistake with the restaurant only noticing when we mentioned it. If the service was spot on, we would have been more obliging when confronted with the service charge.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We visited Spice Market London (W Hotel) for a birthday dinner for two. The Service was exceptional from start to finish. Our waiter was helpful and also made excellent drink and food recommendations (we are veggies!) They even found (without being told) that it was a birthday dinner and bought out a personalised complimentary desert which was a lovely touch.

The food choices for Vegetarians isnt vast but by no means small, and all options we tried were seriously tasty, especially the Ginger Fried Rice, Green Vegetable Curry and the Mango & Avocado rolls.

Great place to eat whether its a romantic dinner for two or a group night out.

Our bill with drinks and food came to just shy of £70 which is great value considering the venue and the location. Will definitely be visiting again.

Enjoy :)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall2food1service3ambience3

After visiting Spice Market in New York I was really looking forward to visit the restaurant i London. What a Disapointment! Chicken Samosa was dry, blackpepper shrimps with dry ananas bad and the steak was just averege with to litle pesto and a sad piece of coriander. Not worth the time or money.

J
Jeff
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food bears no resemblance to the Asian food it seeks to imitate, not in terms of flavour, presentation or quality. Drinks at the bar, unless requested specifically, are poorly mixed, tasteless or overly sweet. Ambience is nice and buzzy due to the location but, when coming the eat, the chairs are low, uncomfortable, and the distance between guests combine ed with the noise of music et all, makes it impossible to be social. This place is one for a quick drink before moving on to someplace else for dinner.

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MH1234
London
17 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Spice Market has a great ambience and interior. We booked the 50% off winter deal, which was great value. Food was tasty and well-presented. Staff were attentive. It was just my husband and I, but a great spot to go with a group or for a birthday.

We enjoyed the small plates and sides. Portions were a decent size. Mains a bit pricey if you're paying regular price.

Overall, a nice experience.
Marie

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vipCitygirl
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food & service but restaurant quite quiet so not much atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food but portions small and very expensive. Expense accounts only.

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vipgourmette
London
190 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A visit to Spice Marjet before the theatre was perfect. The food was truly delicious, subtle and intense flavours from the spices, just the right amount. The waiter was very informative, giving recommendations on our menu choices. The service was excellent.

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RyanE
London
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Visited the restaurant on Friday evening. Loved the setting, the music and lighting - perfect for pre night out meal with friends. However the food, other than some of the sushi which we enjoyed, was very average (specifically the cod which was so dry and the duck curry which was tough). As for the service, for the money we paid I would expect a lot lot better. We had to pretty much chase the waiter down for everything...Including drinks, cutlery, the rice which was not served with the curry, and the soft shell crab didn't even turn up!

Potentially a very good place but just lacked in key areas. Would reconsider before booking. Such a shame as had high hopes given the many positive experiences in W hotels around the world.

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frenchdiner
Berkshire
51 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

So this was my first time at this newly opened place and just like the W hotel which it is part of, the place is quite fancy. The decor is very nice and the seating can accommodate couples as well as groups.
The food was delicious and the name does give away that the cuisine is leaning towards Asia. The menu offers enough choices for everyone from sushi to sashimis as well as more traditional starters. And there are cocktails as well as wine to accompany the food.
The prices go with the ambiance. The music was a tad too loud to my liking but that's just me. I like to be able to talk to everyone without having to raise the voice too much, especially while eating.

As a conclusion, I definitely recommend trying.

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Natnat
London
15 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went to spice market in January using the 50% off food offer that is available via booking on their website. Discount could also be used on the tasting menu which we got. Yummy and filling!

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vipwilw
London
85 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Spice Market strikes the right balance between informality and stuffiness so the food and service can shine without drama from diners. Everyone seemed to be relaxed and enjoying the time there. I enjoyed my unhurried catch up with an old friend over sensibly apportioned dishes and delicious cocktails. I shall be back..

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tdeamer
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for pre theatre dinner. Was very quick and tasty food. The waiter was very attentive and gave us the knowledge of each dish. Very nice place for a special occasion. Quite expensive though but worth it as a treat night out for the week.

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vipGurmanka
London
84 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good, beautiful place, well managed. Service was excellent. Location is great, I've been here twice and really enjoyed it.

MA
MANO
London
35 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Decor is lovely and there is a great ambience in this restaurant despite it being quite quiet for a ore theatre dinner. Menu is concise and very interesting. Would love to try their tasting menu on a return visit. Server was aware of our time constraints and food came out quickly, service very attentive. Sushi was top quality and sea bass and Vietnamese king prawn curry are definitely recommended. Will be returning!

DO
DebOli
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we went and we were, again, blown away by the food! It's fresh and tasty.This time we went for the tasting menu and loved every single course!

For someone's poket it might be a bit pricy but for special occasions it is worth every penny!

Staff super helpful and lovely atmosphere :)

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Jetta
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from every staff member! The food was delicious with great drinks menu and a fantastic wine selection! I will definitely be going back

LJ
LeeJr
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2015
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Its always nice to dine at Spice Market! Every time we visit there is always something new on the menu. We always get the pitcher of margarita! Its a bit pricey at Spice Market, but, we don't go everyday! Its worth it! The atmosphere can be wild and fun or romantic and calm. A great restaurant!!

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FoodFan
Brighton
23 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was slow and inattentive resulting in me making the wrong choice of mains. This was much too spicey and took so long to arrive that I couldn't eat it. On our first visit the staff made such a major effort to make sure we chose according to our palates and were thoroughly attentive throughout the meal - which was amazing. We were told on this visit that they were "busy upstairs" but I found this excuse unacceptable as we had been there so long waiting for our mains which we had ordered well over an hour before they finally arrived, especially as our starters had arrived so quickly - almost too quickly!. The manager did attempt to rectify the situation with the offer of a free dessert and finally a discount off the bill but unfortunately the damage had already been done and our opinion of the restaurant has tumbled.

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Dips
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2015
Overall1food2service1ambience1

As we were just about the sit down, the hostess informed us we only had 1 hour and a half to eat. Which put a damper on the night straight away. We felt rushed immediately. We ate our starters and main. (Which were nice). As a joke my husband asked the waiter if we had enough time for dessert, as we only had 5 mins left of our timeslot. Not really thinking we would be refused. To our horror, he asked us to move to the casual bar area to have our dessert. We were shocked at this as there were actually 5 empty tables the entire time around us. We complained and the manager gave us drinks on the house. We sat at the bar for a further 20 mins for our drink, only to see no one actually came in that time to our table. Hence I am not sure why they insist on ruining the experience for people as soon as they enter. It was all unnecessary. I would never go back here and I will infact tell people not to bother going. So many great restaurants in London to choose from, this is definitely not one of them. Highly disappointing.

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Mrtzx
London
29 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Such a shame it has closed! Great flavour combination! Something a bot different although on the expensive side

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Permanently Closed - Spice Market London is rated 3.9 stars by 1361 OpenTable diners.