Spice Thai Cuisine in Harvard Square

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A shrimp dish at Spice Thai. Photo courtesy of Spice Thai.

Spice Thai Cuisine

Even those who are less than adventurous when it comes to food adore a good plate of Pad Thai. But where should you go in Cambridge?

It’s hard to know before its in front of you if your dish will be sticky peanut goodness, or a greasy tasteless mess; but I know that I can always count on Harvard Square’s Spice Thai Cuisine for consistent quality.

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The Thai Tempura appetizer. Photo courtesy of Spice Thai.

About Spice Thai Cuisine

Spice Thai’s website boasts that it has been serving the Cambridge community for over 15 years—which quite a feat in the ever-changing Harvard Square, where restaurants do not normally last so long.

The atmosphere is that of a classic small Thai restaurant, with authentic decor and ambient lighting.  Spice Thai is regularly done up for the holidays, whether it be Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day.

Spice Thai attributes its success to an experienced head chef as well as friendly, respectful staff. Service is always fast and pleasant.  It is also worth mentioning that Spice Thai is quite reasonably priced (a plate of chicken Pad Thai is only $9.95), which is a rare find in Harvard Square.

Your First Time at Spice Thai Cuisine

So your friends have talked you into trying Thai food, and you’re a little nervous. The menu can be a little intimidating for someone who doesn’t do this often.

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Pad Thai with shrimp and chicken. Photo courtesy of Spice Thai.

Luckily for you, there is an item on the menu that is simple and quite hard not to like: Pad Thai.

Pad Thai is a popular Thai street-food made with soaked dried rice noodles that are stir-fried with ingredients like eggs, fish sauce, shrimp, garlic, red chili pepper, and bean sprouts. The ingredients vary slightly from restaurant to restaurant, but a consistent trademark is the delicious crushed peanut topping.

Pad Thai can be adapted into a vegetarian dish by substituting the fish sauce for soy sauce. Spice Thai’s variations include beef, chicken, pork, tofu, vegetable, and shrimp.

Looking to Try Something New?

Once you think that you’ve had enough Pad Thai (which definitely will never happen for me), you may want to consider some of Spice Thai’s other delicious options.

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One Night in Bangkok. Photo courtesy of Spice Thai.

For appetizers, you can’t go wrong with popular Asian favorites like shumai or chicken satay. I personally recommend the crispy Thai Tempura, which comes with a tasty peanut sauce.

For the entrée, the Kua Kling is a very popular dish in Thailand, and it consists of meat made into a dry curry. This spicy, zingy dish does what Spice Thai does best: the spice!

Other house specials include the Crispy Duck, Seafood Kamikaze, and One Night in Bangkok. No matter what you order, you can expect to be impressed.

If you’ve still got room after your meal, Spice Thai offers desserts like coconut, ginger, and green tea ice cream. Coconut is a good flavor for the less adventurous diner, but if you’re willing to give it a try, green tea ice cream is absolutely delectable.

Spice Thai Cuisine Location and Hours

Spice Thai is located in Harvard Square, which is easily accessible off of the MBTA Red Line on the Harvard Square stop.

Spice Thai is open the following hours:

Monday through Thursday from 11:30am – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Friday from 11:30am – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:30pm

Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm –10:30pm

[pw_map address=”24 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-5014″]

-Elise Grenier, Content Editor