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.