The Spice Club
239 Main St.
Niantic, CT 06357
If you find yourself in Niantic and craving sushi, Japanese or Thai, you will be glad to know that the Spice Club is ready and willing to fulfill your craving! Nestled right in the shopping center at the corner of Main St. and Pennsylvania Avenue, this somewhat new restaurant brings a much needed sit own Asian dining experience to the area. We have visited several times ourselves and have always been pleased with the meals as well as the service. Be it eat in or take out, the Spice Club aims to please and is happy to help you make your meal selection exactly what you want it to be. If you have been to Thai Sawasdee in Groton, you may be familiar with the Spice Club, as that is their sister restaurant.
On our most recent visit, my husband, daughters and I went for dinner on a Friday night around 4:30, AKA family with young kids time, and were promptly seated and given menus. If your planning to visit at a normal dining time on a Friday or Saturday night, you may want to consider making a reservation, as it can get busy. We were happy to see that they now have a full alcoholic beverage menu and ordered some hot saki and a sparkling wine. Both were delicious, and I apologize I cannot elaborate on the names of what we actually got. I was also happy to see they have a cocktail menu featuring some unique selections made fresh to order.
While we perused the menu – though, who are we kidding, we knew what we were going to get – we munched on some complimentary shrimp chips. Even if you aren’t a fan of shrimp, you should give these a try. My children LOVE them and they are a nice light appetizer.
Since the Spice Club doesn’t have a children’s menu, we always order one adult sized dish for our kids to share, and wind up bringing some home for lunch the next day. On this visit we went with the Thai Fried Rice with chicken.
The Thai fried rice isn’t exactly like your standard Chinese take out fried rice. Less greasy, with a sweet basil taste and yet still savory, this fried rice feels refined and healthier. Loaded with meat and veggies, it is enough for a meal in itself.
My husband opted for his usual, Drunken Noodles with Beef, spicy. If you aren’t a fan of hot food, you may still enjoy this dish as the standard spiciness of it isn’t very hot. The Spice Club is happy to customize their dishes to your taste preference and in our experience, we have been warned when something may be too hot. The drunken noodles have the same sweet basil taste as the fried rice to a much lesser degree, making it a much more savory dish.
In the mood for sushi, I went with a basic tuna roll, 3 pieces of tamago sushi and a Mauro Ginger roll. If you love ginger, this is the roll for you – fresh tuna, pickled ginger and topped with tobiko makes for a really refreshing flavor profile. The tuna was very fresh, the egg cooked perfectly, not damp at all and not too sweet and very generously portioned. The Spice Club has a variety of different sushi appetizers and special rolls, enough to make an entire meal out of if you aren’t in the mood for Thai. The full menu can be found online at http://thespiceclubct.com/menu.
Though the Spice Club is nicer than your average restaurant in Southeastern CT, it is very family friendly and welcoming to those bringing children for a meal. High chairs are available as well as cups with straws to help prevent spills. I would probably avoid taking my kids there on a weekend night after 8, but mostly because they are a disaster anywhere after 8 and I would pity the other diners.
If you haven’t tried the Spice Club or are inspired to go back, consider eating dinner there Monday, May 20th for the Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT’s Museum Night Out when a portion of the evening’s profits will be donated to the museum (more info can be found here). Supporting local businesses can be as easy as a dinner out!
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