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Spice Route

Posted by Staff / Listed on January 7, 2009 / review policy

Spice Route Spice Route brings a bit of Southeast Asia to King West. With statues of buddha, wall hangings depicting ancient ruins and a 16 foot waterfall, this stylish asian-bistro bar makes a statement. On the menu are sharing plates including veggie pakora and Thai crab cakes and mains like Kung Pao chicken and wok steamed mussels in a red Thai curry sauce. Yum. In warmer weather some serious lounging unfolds on the side patio.



Foodhogger / April 8, 2009 at 03:13 pm
A pretty place with terrible food and service. I suppose it's perfect for the pretentious club crowd.
LikeGoodFood / February 10, 2010 at 09:55 pm
The waiters are bitchy, the food is nothing special...however it gave me and 3 friends diarrhea!!!

I will never step foot in this hole again.
Mohammed / April 20, 2010 at 01:29 am
Admittedly, even as a downtown resident I don't frequent lounge-type places like I used to, but get ready to relive the unprofessional, demeaning wait in line from younger days even for a place with a bit more of a mature crowd. "I'm too old for this" seemed to be the thoughts of myself and one acquaintance (in our early 30s). Then you encounter coat check and you come across a girl who barely wants to acknowledge you or look you in the face (you're in the wrong job honey), the other girl was at least friendly, courteous, and professional.
Other than that, the usual crowd of single moms, women with baby rabies who are at the precipice of their Wile E Coyote moment in life, that crap roses and are not worth the eyeball energy or wasted attention.
LoungeGirl / February 16, 2011 at 05:26 pm
I'm not at all a I decided that going to a restaurant/lounge would be better than going to a club or a club/lounge. SO after hearing from my friends that they would be excited to go for my bday I made my reservation there. I was still a bit skeptical because I've never even visited the place before and wasn't sure how the divide was going to be like between the restaurant and the lounge or how crowded it would be and how public my tables would be in the open lounge area.

BUT I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised. I had the whole back wall to myself and the other lounge guests did not bother us the whole night. At arrival, they asked if the allotted space was enough which was courteous of them (and we got another table later that night due to numbers). They also didn't ID me or any of my guests knowing that we were part of a party reserved for the night. The music wasn't too loud or annoying - I got to talk to all my friends at a reasonable tone of voice (for a club/lounge atmosphere).

There were two people servicing our party (not exclusively) and sometimes it was hard to find any of them...but when we did and a few of my friends gave him/her attitude, they took it in stride pretty well and got us what we needed.

I really loved the decor too...definitely a place I would hold another party at again and again!
Robb!e / October 27, 2012 at 01:31 pm
Dined at Spice Route last night with a couple of friends.

What we liked: the service was friendly, courteous, and attentive even though 4 different servers for 3 people.
- The decor was warm and inviting, the music was good and did not take away from our ability to converse.

What we didn't like: the portions were oddly inconsistent. Pad thai was enormous, kung pow was modest at best and the vegetarian option was grossly undersized. Food quality was fair - no better than a local take out restaurant option.

The biggest fopas of the evening came when the kitchen could not deliver 3 meals to 3 people at the same time. My order arrived first, 10 minutes later the second order came, 5 minutes after that the third order arrived. The kung pow arrived in record time, minutes after the order was placed. Leading me to believe that the order was not prepared fresh, simply heated and served. By the time the third order arrived, my meal had gone cold. A restaurant should understand that dining as a party is the standard. If the kitchen cannot coordinate such a simple concept then it is apparent that this is not a restaurant. To be clear, this is a louge which masquarades as a restaurant.

When the restrooms are the highlight of the visit, then that's all that needs to be said about it. King West has much better options for a positive dining experience.
MJ / February 24, 2015 at 06:06 pm
If you're around King & Spadina on a Thursday, this is the best place to go! They have a special $1 sushi every Thursday. Their sushi is extremely fresh and delicious. I'm not too sure about anything else on the menu because I always come back just for their sushi. I love the atmosphere and the decor. This is probably one of the nicest restaurants I've been to. The service is okay, not necessarily amazing. However everything else makes up for it. My friend and I ordered 6 plates and the total of the bill was only $26. Apparently they have AYCE on Sunday's. This is definitely my top 3 favorite restaurants in Toronto!

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