Reviewed and Photographed by: Amber Brooke
Food & Service:
What does authentic Thai fusion cuisine and 25-years serving 5-star food and service in the same location have in common? Thai Spice restaurant of course! This is a rare success story in South Florida’s highly competitive hospitality market. Once a restaurant passes the 25-year mark, it’s considered a culinary institution. Countless people have celebrated special occasions here over the years, such as birthdays, marriage proposals and first dates. Thai Spice owners have even watched the children of their early customers grow up and become customers themselves!
Original owner Michael Tatton is a clever businessman. The constant evolution of his glittering dining gem has brought Thai Spice much deserved national acclaim! Thai Spice has grown from a one store Thai pickup and delivery business in the late 80’s, to a nationally recognized, award winning restaurant today! Thai Spice now features 4 marvelous dining rooms, patio dining, a full liquor license and the all new Buddha Bar and Lounge area.
The wine list has been completely redone, and is undoubtedly on its way to an award of its own. The pickup and delivery business continues to flourish (they are happy to deliver within 3 miles of the restaurant in all directions), and the restaurant is always full. You can be sure the food is fresh because the entire inventory sells out each and every day!
Monday through Friday Thai Spice features the “Classiest Happy Hour in Town”, including many ½ priced appetizers from their award winning menu, and most liquor brands are 2 for 1 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM! Tuesday through Saturday nights you will enjoy excellent live entertainment in the spectacular Buddha Lounge.
Owners Michael and Ana Lisa Tatton, along with General Manager Tom House and Master Mixologist Shawn Sedler, created a multitude of “Signature Cocktails” (which are included in Happy Hour) guaranteed to keep you coming back for more. All these sexy ingredients make up one of the best dining and entertainment experiences to be found anywhere. Ask about the newest Signature Drinks such as Plum Crazy! Think ‘sour plum” martini… it is so good. You also must try the “Buddha-Rita”; a unique, hand-crafted pineapple margarita with a Habanero salted rim!
When it comes to food and service, Mr.Tatton’s dedication to the very best is priority one and second to none. Thai Spice has received the highly coveted Five Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences the last four years in a row…this is worldwide recognition! Zagat’s high ranking has been consistent over the last two decades too. Besides most of the most famous Thai dishes you can imagine, offered Mild, Medium, Hot or Thai Hot, Thai Spice is a superb steakhouse too! Many customers come here just for the incredible steaks; topped with a secret marinade that only “one person” knows how to make.
If it is a 3 & ½ pound live Maine Lobster you want, Thai Spice is happy to serve it stuffed with scallops and shrimp and baked to perfection! Also the freshest Stone Crabs in town arrive daily while in season. A last word to food lovers everywhere! Make sure you order Whole Hog Snapper (see picture below) Red Snapper or Yellow tail Snapper with your choice of baked or fried and your choice of numerous and delicious Thai sauces and curries.
Step inside and be awed by the “wall of awards” proudly displayed at the new entrance. Owners, management and both front and back of the house staff never take any short cuts when it comes to maintaining the high level of food and service Thai Spice has become famous for.
This ultimate dining destination and will undoubtedly be here for many more years to come! Like a fine wine, Thai Spice just keeps getting better and better as the years go by.
It is certainly reassuring to know that the only 5-Star Thai restaurant in the USA is right here in our own backyard… Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Stop by and check out the latest renovations, and tell them Amber Brooke from DinnerReviews.com© sent you! Hey Mr. Tatton! How about Thai Spice 2?