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“unusual menu, good location”

Spice Island Tea House
Ranked #114 of 2,254 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch
Neighborhood: Central Oakland
Reviewed December 23, 2013

Would never have found this place, nor gone inside, without Tripadvisor recommendations. Glad we did. Adventurous menu with some delicious offerings. The focus is on the food, not the decor.

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Thank zoldiegoldie
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Tried this restaurant based on the rating in Trip Advisor and close location to PITT and CMU. On a side street off of Forbes Ave. The outside may be plain but the inside is perfect. The menu is simple design with recipes that have been honed over the last ~18 years. We had the Ever Famous Pad Thai and the Sambal Goreng Udang. Great place to meet and have a great dinner. Place was busy with a short wait for larger parties. Will eat here again !!

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Thank Donna C
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Busy on a friday night, service was good enough, but the food was great. It is a gem in a college campus saturated with food options.

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Thank Spartan121
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Don't judge this book by its cover. From the outside the restaurant is a bit deceptive; however once you are seated you will know what I am talking about. The food is fantastic! Everything that I have ordered from the Java Fried Rice to the Penang Chicken to everything in between was terrific. I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

Thank Sarah K
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

From the outside, the restaurant doesn't even look like it wants customers. There are tall plants inside the restaurant, blocking the windows, there are posters and stickers stuck all over the door and window, and every single source of outside light is kept out in the inside. The sign of the restaurant is also faded that you basically have to squint to read the title. My friend brought me to this restaurant the first time and she basically walked past it missed it, because it was so well hidden. From the outside, you cannot see the inside of the restaurant. The lights are very dim in the inside too, very hard to see things.
The waiters are very nice, kind, and courteous. They do not push you to hurry even during the busy hours. They constantly keep in check with how things are doing, refilling your drinks, answering questions.
The first time I came, I had the Pad Thai. It is good and tasty, but not Pad Thai. It was more sour than original Pad Thai and was missing several key ingredients too, like chopped peanuts. This restaurant is supposedly a South Eastern Asian restaurant, but after coming here twice, I would like to call it an Asian Fusion restaurant. It's sort of like P.E. Chang's. Not real asian food, but food with an asian modern twist. The second time I came, I had the curry chicken. I loved the coconut rice and the chicken, plus the extra flat bread, but the curry was not spicy (but it may be that I'm an avid spicy-eater, so "spicy" may mean something else). All in all, the food is tasty, but don't expect it to be authentic.
The portions are actually big, but not super big, the rice and noodles seem to come in big sizes. The prices are great, hence why so many college students visit it.
The decorations of the place are like a rustic and hippy feel. There are small colorful decorations on the wall, small wooden tables with mismatching chairs. The place is small, so don't be surprised if you eat very close to a stranger.
I would recommend this place to someone looking for a tasty and inexpensive meal. :)

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Thank Pandokie
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