Oriental dishes out the wazoo at Spice Girl – a Thai X Japanese fusion bar and restaurant
Spice Girl is an Asian restaurant focusing on Thai food that opened in March 2019. Located in the heart of downtown Kyoto, this open bar-like restaurant is enjoyed by customers of all ages and genders.
In addition to their huge selection of alcohol, Spice Girl's ¥1,600 wine + sparkling wine all you can drink makes them one of the most reasonably priced restaurants around.
While Thai food has taken the world by storm, there are still plenty of people who can't stomach the unfamiliar flavors of the wickedly spicy dishes and intense use of coriander.
However, Spice Girl offers a number of Thai X Japanese fusion dishes designed so newcomers to spicy Thai dishes can still enjoy the delicious flavors of this beloved cuisine.
Also, for those who are long-time fans of Thai food, there is, of course, the option to up the level of spice and add extra coriander too.
In addition to their base of Thai food, Spice Girl also offers a huge range of various Asian inspired cuisine. With the likes of Chinese xiaolongbao and Taiwanese minced pork rice gracing the menu, you can take your tastebuds on a trip around Asia by simply sitting down for dinner at this one Kyoto based restaurant.
In addition to the pictures on the menu, there are little flags next to each dish, so if there's something from a country that catches your eye, then simply let the staff know by pointing at it.
Home to a range of original Asian fusion dishes, Spice Girl is definitely the place to go when you're craving something with the flavors of the orient, whether that be Thailand, Japan, or anywhere else in the east.
All You Can Eat Spring Rolls
/ ￥400 (inc. tax)
At Spice Girl, when you order the spring rolls, all subsequent orders come free of charge.
With classic sweet chili sauce, dried shrimp Thai fish sauce and sesame peanut sauce on offer, you can choose from your pick of three sauces as well. With Japanese white radish, carrot, cucumber, shiso and lettuce in addition to steamed chicken, these spring rolls are the perfect level of satisfying. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and public holidays, the spring rolls will need to be ordered, however, during dinner service on other days, they will be served as an appetizer to cover the table charge (see How To Order for more details).
Whole Chinese Steamed Chicken
/ Quarter: ¥780, Half: ¥1,250, Whole: ¥1,850 (inc. tax)
This Whole Chinese Steamed Chicken is a Hina-dori chicken seasoned with spicy Sichuan pepper slow-cooked in a soy sauce base for three hours. When you cut into the chicken, it’s expectedly soft and juicy, with meat that simply falls of the bone. However, before you even get to that point, the sweetness of the stewed Japanese leeks standing side by side with the aromas of the sesame seed oil will have your mouth watering.
This dish can be ordered in quarters, halves and as a whole, so you can easily adjust it to fit how ever many people you’re with.
Tom Yum Goong Monja
/ ￥ 1,560 (inc. tax)
One of Spice Girl’s signatures is their series of monjayaki dishes. Among the series is their Tom Yum Goong Monja, which, as the name would suggest, is a fusion of Japanese monjayaki and the famous Thai soup, tom yum goong. monjayaki is a goopy dish made with flour and water cooked on a hot plate.
At Spice Girl, they took a dish similar to monjayaki, Thai oyster omeletteomelets and created a series of original Thai X Japanese fusion dishes that have become a staple of their restaurant. In addition to tom yum goong, there are also truffle cream and squid ink options, to name a few, so check out the pictures on the menu and choose whichever one piques your interest!
(There are posters around the restaurant with pictures explaining how to eat monjayaki)
Uji Kintoki (dessert drink)
/ ￥780 (inc. tax)
With vanilla ice cream and sweet red beans atop a sparkling matcha cocktail, Spice Girl’s Uji Kintoki is a veritable edible cocktail. Paired with Spice Girl’s dishes, this sweet iced cocktail helps to draw out and boost the ethnic flavors and spices of the food. With a topping of ice cream and sweet red beans, this cocktail can also substitute as the perfect dessert. In addition to the Uji Kintoki, Spice Girl also offers a sweet osmanthus dessert drink and chai bubble tea as well.