“Welcome back”, to CaptivEATing.
I was told recently about a Thai restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, called “Thai Spice”. Had the chance to go after a nice little FLL Airport pick-up, and myy oh my, was this an amazing discovery – it’s a Five Star Diamond Award winner.
As per usual with these gems, my mother and I were together(she’s the best). We walked into a dimly lit space with red and black and white as the main color scheme, very zen-like décor and atmosphere. The first thing you saw was a big fish tank in the front by the hostess stand.
We were greeted kindly, and shown promptly to a booth towards the back of the front room. Because it was a late lunch there weren’t that many people, but during happy hour(M-F 5pm-7pm) the place gets packed!
Having tried the Lychee Martini, I can confidently say that if Solita is making your drink, you’re going to be satisfied.
Solita was who helped us for lunch – she took our orders, made the drinks, and chatted with us a bit about the restaurant. She was amazing, and had great energy.
That’s always so nice to experience when you eat someplace new.
Now, let’s get to the food.
We ordered some Vegetable Crispy Fried Spring Rolls to start with, which were fried to absolute perfection.
The vegetables inside were sautéed just right, they weren’t soggy or anything of the sort, the sweet and sour dipping sauce it came with was also packed with flavor and I’ll share a little tip: if you’ve never done this before, try it next time.. Add spicy mustard to your sweet and sour sauce for a complimenting sauce. 😉
Anyways, these were great to start our meal with. That crispiness gets me every time!
For our meals, we ordered the Panang Curry, which was my dish, and my mom ordered the Ginger Sauce dish, but asked for some basil to be thrown in there.
Let me just say, both of these were extremely delicious.
The consistency of the Panang Curry was just right, although it was a tad too saucy for me. The flavors of the coconut and then the crushed peanut came out perfectly with the once again perfectly sautéed vegetables and basil. I think next time I’ll stick with the Medium-level spice, too. I could actually continue to eat my food and enjoy it, rather than having a super spicy dish where I only want more because it’s the only way to kill the burn..!
Okay, then of course, I had to steal a bite of the Ginger-Basil to try it.
This dish also had the balance of flavor you look for in a good Thai dish. The ginger didn’t overpower the basil at all, it was more like a smooth transition between the spiciness of the ginger and the coolness of the basil. Yum, too good.
If curry isn’t your thing, there are plenty of options. We’ll see what is ordered on the next adventure!
Is it dinner time yet? And why did this turn out to be so long?!
Anyways, that’s the jist of this place, and it is totally, a recommendation. 🙂
Happy Eating, and thanks for reading!
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