A basement restaurant in Sydney Spice Temple is Neil Perry's latest food venture. Chinese cuisine with many other Asian flavours the food is a mix of fresh, dried, salted, pickled, preserved and fermented. The bar also features an exceptional array of wines - 100 to be exact.
A curtain swishing in the wind ? or so it seems (it?s an image on a TV screen on the door) beckons you into the pleasure den below. Take a culinary journey through regional China at Neil Perry?s Spice Temple. Elegant, modern with exquisitely presented dishes. Tried and loved from the menu are stir-fried spinach Sichuan style and steamed eggplant with three flavours (garlic, coriander and sweet pork). More please. You?re likely to spot the celebrity chef flitting between the restaurants in his culinary empire. Don?t save this one for a special occasion, the servings are very generous and the prices much better than you?d think. Take friends to share!
food and experience was outstanding, the pickled cabbage salad and the ribs were standouts.The lady who served us was lovely even and picked up that it was my partners birthday so at the end of the dinner brought him a cupcake with a candle! fabulous restaurant
A must try for anyone that likes a good asian style meal with a bit of spice. Whilst it is a little more expensive than your corner shop, it is certainly a lot cheaper than a number of other "known chef" restaurants around Sydney.
The food is great and is packed full of flavour. There is good range of meals that cater for every ones spice tolerance levels, from very mild to reasonably hot dishes.
The food is topped off by an excellent atmosphere that makes the experience one that is memorable.
My favourite restaurant in Sydney. Dark, moody, Sexy and the food is fabulous. I love taking out of town friends -they're always impressed. I love how the menu is constantly evolving -theres always something new and yummy. Staff are professional and extremely competent -5 stars to Mr perry
I went to the Sydney Spice Temple on a Friday night recently in a group of 6 people and we absolutely loved it.
They only take 2 dinner sittings, either 6.30pm or 8.30pm, and we opted for the later start time. We arrived just before 8.30pm and as our table wasnt ready we were advised to wait in the bar adjacent to the dining area. The bar area tended to get a little hectic as more 8.30pm diners arrived but the 6.30pm diners still needed to leave. We finally got taken to our table about 9pm, so were pretty hungry by this stage!
The dining area is very dimly litwalking to our table was a bit like walking into a nightclub. The tables all have very low hanging lights directly over them. I guess this keeps the focus on the food appearance and the taste.
The waiter was great he knew about all the dishes we asked about and suggested excellent wines for us. He was happy to have a few jokes, but was also very professional and accommodating too.
The food was amazing.take some risks and try different things, especially some of the hotter dishes. Among many dishes we tried things like the Strange flavour white cut chicken and the Hot and numbing dry Wagyu beef and they were sensational. I think my favourite dish might have been the Beef fillet in fire waterBroth blackened with chilli and Sichuan peppercorn, but it was hard to choose just one favourite.
We ate an absolute feast and had plenty of wine to drink and I thought the overall bill was really reasonable about $140 a head.
Thanks Spice Temple..I cant wait to come back again!
Note - I dont think I would take my elderly parents or children here, but for everyone else it is a great experience. If you want to be seated on time, then the 6.30pm sitting would be a better option. Its also not suitable for disabled people as the entrance involves a long, dimly lit, spiral staircase.
I LOVE this restaurant! The food is amazing as is the dark, sultry dcor! The lighting in this restaurant is fantastic. Each table has individual lights which drop down low from the ceiling and light up the food in the center of the table but leave faces subtly lit creating a very personal dining experience. It is always very busy yet you are never disturbed by the other tables which you can hardly notice because of the great lighting. All the dishes I have tried have been incredible but some of them are definitely not suitable for those who dont have a love of chilli so beware of those written in red.
I visited Spice temple just before Christmas in 2010. It was am amazing experience and the food was fantastic. I would highly recommend the tea-smoked duck breast with pickled cabbage and mustard. I don't normally eat pork - i don't like the consistency - but i tried the roast pork belly with coriander, peanuts and sesame seeds and may just have been converted. It was beautiful. The wine selection is varied - with many good Australian wines (WA being my favourite). They actually have 100 wines on their list - this is apparently to ensure diners experience the 'best possible match for Neil Perrys extraordinary Asian food'. We ordered three mains between two of us and had to take the third one home as there was so much food. The service was impeccable and the staff were very friendly. One thing i would say is that it is not so easy to find from off the street - i walked into 'Rock pool' firstly - as did my friend before finding the right entrance for 'Spice Temple'. I would definitely recommend. I'll be back there - soon i hope.
Unfortunately the review given to the Spice Temple in the Herald Sun (which was the reason I went) was far more generous than it should have been. Whilst the service was flawless and the wine list was exceptional the food truly let it down. There were 5 of us squished onto a tiny table in nearly pitch black surroundings as well as a dangeously dark staircase and bar area. We ordered a couple of items including the Kung po chicken, very dissapointing and the waitress even suggested we dont eat eat anything but the chicken. Nearly the entire bowl was full of dried chillies, pretty pointless really. The duck was a highlight but out of 6 shared meals it was the only saving grace. All in all, I am sorry Neil Perry but you have missed the mark on this one!