The Spice Market

The W Hotel is known around the world for its luxury and the Spice Market, in the London W, lives up to this standard.

It’s a massive restaurant spread across two floors but despite its size there is still an air of intimacy within the low lit atmosphere.

The food on offer is the product of Jean-Georges and it’s a blend of South East Asian dishes with a Western influence. The idea behind the menu is family-style eating with a slightly tapas feel.

I get the family-style, and it’s handy as choosing from the dishes on offer is pretty impossible, but expect to leave with a large dent in your wallet as the food isn’t cheap.

Starting off Sarah and I sampled the beautifully delicate Hamachi Sashimi, lightly fragranced with an avocado dressing and sea scallops doused with coconut milk and lime.

Alongside the fish, we also had a colourful beetroot salad speckled with candied hazelnuts and an unusual but tasty butternut squash soup topped with ginger foam.

For the main meal we went for crab dumplings – which tasted better than anything I’ve eaten in a long time – and an effortlessness put together sea bass topped with Shiitake mushrooms and ginger.

By this stage we were pleasantly stuffed so shared a rich lime cheesecake but of the whole menu the most exciting dishes come before dessert.

To wash it down there’s a good selection of wines, which the waiters will gladly let you try and will help you find one to match whatever dish you’ve picked out. The cocktail menu is also pretty impressive – I’d recommend the Japanese martinis.

All in all The Spice Market has successfully blended in cuisines from several different countries with a fresh twist. It’s a bit like Hakkasan but with more style.

W London Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street,
London
W1D 6QF

0207 758 1088