Shop 19, 674-680 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn VIC
(03) 9818 4828
Price: Entrees under $10, Mains $10-$20
Parking: Small carpark off Glenferrie Road, street parking along Glenferrie Road
Visited: Regularly, but this instance was February 2009
The “I” might confuse people but it is meant to be eye spicy, rather than one spicy. I Spicy is a small cafe within the Safeway complex along Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn. We had walked past the place numerous times but always thought that it was one of those unauthentic Asian places that cater for Westerners and close down 6 months later (happens quite a bit in Hawthorn).
About a year ago, we started paying attention when walking past and realised that it was always full of Thai people. Always a good sign in a Thai place! We gave it a go and now it is a regular haunt. We have brought many friends and family here and they all agree it is one of the best Thai food they have ever tasted.
I Spicy only seats about 30 people but you never really have to wait long because it’s the type of place people eat quickly and then leave. You order and pay upfront from the front counter and there are no menus except for the wall and a sticky taped version next to the register.
Without fail, every time we go, we always order the chicken Pad Thai. It comes with your choice of meat (chicken, pork, beef) or prawns. We find that it works best with chicken. The first time I tried it, it was the best ever Pad Thai I had ever had, but there have been times where it was too sour or the noodles were too overcooked or it was too oily. The one thing that did remain constant is the tasty flavour.
I don’t like beanshoots and nuts don’t belong in savoury dishes so I ask for my noodles sans beanshoots and peanuts. They normally serve it on the side anyway but it is a waste of plate (I hope they put more noodle)!
This visit, we asked the front counter girl whether they had any entrees because there are none listed on the menu. Our ears pricked up when she mentioned prawn spring rolls so we ordered a plate.
They came out as whole prawns wrapped in spring roll skin accompanied by a sweet chilli dipping sauce. My hubby and I were starving so we bit into them and burnt our mouths – they were straight out of the oil! They were nothing special so I’m not sure I would get them again.
Next up we ordered the Tamarind fish. This was our first time trying it and will also be our last time! The sauce had a really nice sweet and sour flavour but the fish itself was terrible. The flesh was mushy and grainy, really poor quality.
I highly recommend you try the Thai Pork Shank. It is one massive solitary shank. I’m not sure how they cook it but the end result is deep fried and the pork crackling is the tastiest, crunchiest crackling you’ll ever have! We tried to order it this time but they had run out. I have many other recommendations so I will have to go there again soon and take more photos!
Over & Out, Rilsta xx