There's an interesting contrast at play at this W Hotel restaurant. As you might expect from a venue within the slick environs of this swanky Leicester Square hotel, it certainly looks the part, with dark wood, low lighting and – more often than not – a bit of glamour to the crowd. The food, though, takes its cue from the streets of south-east Asia.
Well, almost. Although tom yum soups, Vietnamese curries, spring rolls, crispy squid and cod with a Malaysian chilli sauce might be hawker food fare, the sushi, sashimi and grilled rib eye with garlic, coriander and sesame are more aligned with the sleek surrounds.
Sake leads a drinks list featuring cocktails, premium spirits and a selection of wines with a nose for heights. A decent number are available by the glass, though.
Indulge in a special menu with your Valentine from one of our cosy booths as part of the intimate setting of Spice Market. Menu below.
Imagine a wall of spices containing all the colours, flavours and fragrances of Southeast Asian cuisine. The restaurant's spice cabinet spans two floors, is 24 meters long and reveals every ingredient that chef Peter Lloyd and his team will need to create unique dishes. Regional fish sauces, curries and spices are tweaked to tantalising effect in signature dishes such as chicken samosas with coriander yoghurt, black pepper shrimp with sun-dried pineapple or cod with Malaysian chilli sauce.
The eclectic and intimate design is a result of gold mesh sliding screens, brass screen lanterns, jatoba flooring and cosy booths, a unique brass 'birdcage' spiral staircase and 600 custom-designed wok-lights.
Special four-course Valentine's menu: £48 per person
Shaved tuna, chilli tapioca, Asian pear, coconut-lime dressing
Lobster summer roll, sriracha emulsion and dill
Crab dumplings, sugar snap peas, aromatic spices
Spiced chicken samosas, coriander yoghurt,
Steamed lobster, butter fried garlic, ginger and dried chilli
Grilled rib eye, bok choy, garlic, coriander and sesame
Raspberry, lychee and rose vacherin
Passion fruit sorbet