An elegant, longstanding local favorite, beautifully appointed with aquariums and Asian art, Thai Spice deserves the crowds that pack it nightly. So make a reservation; this place gets as busy as the streets of Bangkok. All entrées, from red curry chicken to scallops basil, can be served safe-and-sound mild or burn-a-hole-in-your-tongue spicy. Terrific. Seasonal house specials might include a whole Florida lobster stuffed with jumbo shrimp and scallops, Thai Spice grouper, seafood clay pot, or a Siam duck. And an excellent wine list ranges from Gekkeikan sake all the way up to Roederer champagne and Opus One.
I remember my first, mind-altering bite of Thai cooking with pristine clarity. From a culinary standpoint, I'd been sound asleep: That mouthful woke me up like the sloppy kiss of Prince Charming. I was working for a publisher in Lon...
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