I heart Thai food. So the other night, I decided to hit up a small Thai take out place in Melrose. Spice Thai Kitchen is near the Melrose Highlands Commuter Rail stop. The Kitchen is a take out joint with one table. It is really clean and bright, which makes me happy.
The hostess was really helpful. I explained that I could not have anything that contained wheat or barley (as this was not a Jewish deli, I felt I could omit reference to rye*). She made some recommendations right away and said she would have to check on other items. The hostess was aware of a few items on the menu that contained gluten products. Most of the menu is open for g/f diners, including the spring rolls**. The hostess seemed most confident in certain items, mainly the curries. Their curry recipes are naturally gluten-free.
I did not get the sense that Thai Kitchen had to answer allergy questions often (maybe they will in the future, but they have only been open a few weeks), but the staff was more than willing to accommodate my needs and go back to confirm my order was safe before I paid.
The mango curry was really good: it was kind of nutty and sweet and spicy all at the same time. My husband had some lo mein, which was not gluten-free. He said it was nice, but a little bland. Then again, what can you expect from lo mein?
Spice Thai Kitchen is located in Melrose: http://www.spicethaikitchen.com/
*Anyone who knows about a gluten-free friendly Jewish deli in the Boston area, please email me!
**Given the size of the store front, I am guessing they only have one fryer. The oil used for frying the spring rolls is probably the same as that used for making crab rangoon, which does contain gluten. Depending on your level of sensitivity, you may want to steer clear of the fried items or at least ask further questions.
G/F suitability: 3/5
Ambiance in 1 word: tidy