Atlanta >Food & Dining > Spice Market-Atlanta
188 14th Street, NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3036133.786812 -84.381619
Breakfast: Mon - Fri, 6am - 10:30am; Sat, Sun, 7am - 11am. Dinner: Mon - Wed, 5:30pm - 10pm; Thu - Sat, 5:30pm - 11pm; Sun, 5pm - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Ansley Park, Northeast, Northeast
Great service , so so food – We went with a group and were seated in a spacious rounded booth. The restaurant was not very busy but the atmosphere remained warm and inviting, almost cozy.
Our server immediately appeared and engaged us in lighthearted conversation. She went over the highlights of the menu and was also very knowledgeable of the wine list. She was on top of everything throughout the night.
We loved the fresh ingredients of the food, but the right mix of flavor wasn't there. The food needs some improvements.
Jean George gone...so is the quality of the food – Update..2/2010... went a while back, just days after Jean George pulled out. Food was awful.. did he take the recipes with him? Won't be going back!!!! 6/30/2008-First time at Spice Market last Wednesday. Had reservs. no problem. Our waitperson was charming/delightful. Plenty of staff to boot. So food? First course, samosas. Lighter than what I've had before. Good but not exceptional. Next, the crispy squid salad. I enjoyed that immensely. Fresh ingredients and while the squid was crispy fried it was not oily and the squid melted in your mouth. How do they do that??? Tried two entrees; the curried duck and the short ribs. Both were delicious. They brought rice with the duck so you could soak up the yummy sauce in the small bowls that they suggested we use. Must mention the ginger margarita. Superb....To recap.....very good service, very good drink, very good food. Was this outstanding??? No but it was close. To me this was a moderately priced, very competently prepared meal in an interesting setting and most importantly, one I'd come back to. Ah..do want to address the setting. Me lives very close to W. Been through the lobby.....not my scene. Heard Whiskey Park turns you away if you aren't one of the beautiful people even with empty tables. I had an attitude for sure. But, Spice Market fixed some of that. Yeah, the music was at times kind of techno but I liked it. It gave the place an interesting energy. OK, so the uniforms were a nice try but looked uncomfortable and a bit odd so why bother. Could get the same effect with something a little simpler. But I was comfortable there and I was frankly a bit surprised. So, how would I compare it to the NYC Jean Georges? Not the same but then I didn't expect it to be. I think JG did a good thing in Atlanta. Keep up the good work. Oh, a brief aside here. Enough of this judgmental stuff. Atlanta is full of people who have traveled all over the world and eaten at fine restaurants. We all get to say what we feel. I tend to check to see what other reviews those people have written. That's helpful in determining how much their opinion matters.
amazing food, knowledgeable staff, friendly management – so, is it my imagination, or are the only people who take the time to write reviews angry, bitter people who happened to be the one group that fell through the cracks at a restaurant. i have been in this industry for a very long time, and am well aware of the multitude of things that can and more frequently than we would like, do go wrong. But what do you say we stick to what we do know and not the word of a possibly disgruntled employee.
i have eaten at jean-georges' restaurants both in ny and his newest addition here in atlanta. i am sure that with any new opening and especially one so eagerly anticipated as this, there have been some bumps in the road. i can say however, that this restaurant, the staff, and the management team are doing a fantastic job.
having eaten at spice market three times since it opened its doors, twice in the restaurant and once for room service while staying at the w, i was pleased with both the food and the level of service. the shrimp and pineapple appetizer is to die for, and the lobster and short ribs are amazing.
the staff was both friendly and knowledgeable, if although at times, slightly slower than expected. but where the staff may have fallen below expectations, the managers were there to pick up the slack. while dining there i have had the opportunity to meet both the head chef and the gm (unfortunately i am terrible with names) who could not have been nicer and more accomodating. the girls at the front door (although cute and bubbly with little in between their ears) did well to find our table quickly and without any fuss.
i will return to spice market as long i continue to receive such excellent food and service
Plenty of better eating experiences in ATL – Disappointed. Waited 1/2 hour after our reservation to get seated. Waited another 15 minutes for a waiter. Waited another 10 for our cocktails. Food was innovative, but generally too salty and too much deep-fried food. Samosas were very good and catfish was good. Honestly that's it. Maybe we expected too much. Eating at Jean-George's in Manhattan was one of our best dining experiences of all-time. I think he is pawning off a third-rate operation to his friends in the South. Does he think we don't know better??
Left me a little disappointed – Finally got a chance to try out Jean George's Spice Market at the new W hotel. Service seemed a little off seeing that there seemed to be an awful lot of staff out there. As far as food goes the coconut-chicken soup was outstanding, maybe a tad salty for me but mmmmmm. The pork skewers, black pepper shrimp and steamed lobster were all overcooked, personally unacceptable seeing that the restaurant supposily had one of the worlds stamp of approval on it. Saving grace was the short ribs and the desserts. In my opinion the food lacked execution not flavor profiles. Not as impressed as I thought I'd be.
Good food, not fantastic – I enjoyed the atmosphere. The service was overbearing...I think they were looking around for something to do, so they ALL waited on our table. The Ginger rice was exceptional, I loved it. The other food was just 'ok', we would like to try it again.
Hi-end Asian street nibbles are a big hit at the saucy Spice Market---a sexy Jean Georges creation in the W Hotel in Midtown. – In Short
Perched in a sexy position on the second floor of the glamorous W Hotel, Spice Market's dim, chocolate booths and Warhol-like video projection make even the square Midtowner feel cool. Hot, lemongrass towels great you upon seating and the towering Monastery bell chimes give hints of its original location in NY's Meatpacking district. Far from Chinese take-out, this street vendor concept is like gourmet Pan-Asian finger food. Vibrant chicken skewers arrive with a tangy lime dipping sauce, fresh herbs and bib lettuce wrap up the Vietnamese spring rolls but its vinegar-laden accompaniment makes you regret not ordering the salmon sashimi instead. Where the menu consistently shines is in simple, sharable items--the catfish entree is crispy-fried and pops with fresh basil and jalapenos, while the sticky coconut rice is steamed in a banana leaf and instantly-addictive. Green tea ice cream is super-cute yet clumsily packaged and not worth the hassle.
Pan Asian at it's Best – Being a long time fan of food Pan-Asian food we didn't know what to expect. We entered the new W Hotel Midtown (formerly the Sheraton Hotel midtown) and went upstairs to the 2nd floor. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and seated promptly. Our meal started with Hot Pepper Shrimp and some chips and this sauce that was so good that I put it on all my food. The Ginger rice is some that I will truly request it over and over again when I return. The cod was great, The Catfish was ok. This place in my book is a perfect 10 in Atlanta. Thanks Spice Market because you set a new standard for Pan-Asian cuisine.
Taking It To The Streets, Jean-George Style! – Being a long time fan of Jean-George, and his high French location at Trump International Tower, I didn't know what to expect with his take on Pan-Asian street food. But I soon found out. His concept at the newly opened W Hotel Midtown, was a total blow-out for my self-rewarding lunch, at no expense. Expensive, and worth every penny. I had to start out with a Ginger Marguerita, expensive at 14.00, one taste, and it didn't matter. A Fragrant Miso Soup, with Shrimp Dumplings, Shitake Mushrooms, and Chili, warmed my soul, and I didn't want it to end. So fresh. Shrimp Tod Mon Pla, tiny shrimp cakes, with cucumber, peanut, and relish soon disappeared. But my entree of Onion and Chili Crusted Short Ribs, w/egg noodles, pea pods, and earthy broth, were the best Short Ribs I've ever had. Finishing out, I had to clear my throat with a delicious Kumquat Mojito. And a Jasmine Rice Pudding, herbs here also, with freshly made Mango Sorbet, made one of the most memoriable lunches in my foodie history. I could eat here everyday. Service was still green, but I got lucky with my main server, who I've know for several years. Service is only going to get better. And the second level space is stunning, with those very large ceremonial bells. Spice Market sets a new standard for Pan-Asian dining in Atlanta, with some excellent competition. This is a winner for Atlanta.
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