REVIEW: Little Spice – Thai food worth the drive to Hanover

We stumbled across “Little Spice“,  a small restaurant specializing in Thai cuisine in a strip mall in Hanover a few minutes drive from Arundel Mills Mall and its become a favorite place for Thai food..  The main dining room has 12 tables in a serene contemporary space with light green walls.   Pieces of off white painted Asian style art on one wall are reflected in the mirrors on the facing wall.    Tables have eye catching vinyl table cloths of black and white polka dots.

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The menu offers 21 appetizers ($5-$8) and 7 soups ($4- $6).  Main courses include an array of 15 entrees ($12 for veggie/tofu, $13 for chicken/beef, $14 for shrimp/squid), 10 classic noodle/rice options and 5 curries (similarly priced on choice of protein) as well 5 fish filet dishes ($16).

We decided to start with two appetizers:  Lab Gai and an Oriental Eggplant salad (both $8).

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The Lab Gai has finely minced chicken, red onion, green scallion, and toasted rice in a spicy lime dressing and with the plate decorated with some leaves of romaine lettuce and slices of orange.   True to our experience with other appetizers here, this one packed a punch that left our mouths tingling!  BUT  it was so good that we asked our waitress to leave the plate on the table because we continue to flavor some of our entree with the left over lime dressing!

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The Oriental Eggplant Salad surprised us by having the thin slices of Asian eggplant lightly breaded, sauteed and still warm in our mouths.  Bits of red onion, ground chicken and toasted rice all in a lime based dressing (pleasantly tangy without the spicy punch of the dressing with Lab Gai).

Both appetizers provide almost entree-sized portions and, as a result, we decided to share just one entree between the two of us and opted on Pad King with added shrimp ($14).   The colorful dish included stir-fried ginger, mushrooms, onion and “baby” corns in a tasty brown sauce with about a dozen small shrimp.

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The combination of the two large appetizers and the one entree left us feeling satisfied with no room for dessert!

Service is friendly and attentive; we opted for just water as our beverage and the servers routinely checked and re-filled our glasses as needed.

Good to know, Little Spice offers a great lunch time $7.95 bargain (Monday to Friday only) which includes an appetizer, choice of 20 entrees and a small dessert.

FACTS:   Little Spice Hanover –  Open 6 days a week for lunch and dinner (11 am to 9 pm) but closed on Sundays; http://www.littlespicethairestaurant.co/   ;  full bar, many veggie options; lots of adjacent free parking; lunch time $7.95 special; Approx 1 mile away from Arundel Mills Malls (& Maryland Live casino!)

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