Reviews of Spice Temple
I was here for a corporate dinner (christmas party) a few years ago. I had a great night but gosh it was dark. We drank and had fun but it was a little hard to talk at the long narrow table set up for larger groups.
I went here again for lunch this week. I was reasonably impressed again. The serving sizes are huge. We ordered 3 entrees and 3 mains for 3 people. We could easily have ordered one main less, because we barely ate the Kung Pow chicken. It was more intimate with a smaller group as we were at nice square tables! It was fairly high density though. Don't expect too much space! The staff are great though. We wanted to get out within 1 hour. The staff actually asked us immediately whether we had any tim restrictions. the staff liaised with the kitchen and made it happen.
The dishes don't ever look beautiful but I think that it isnt what the restaurant is aiming for (with the dark lights).
The spicy dishes (in red on the menu) arent too spicy in my opinion (I dont eat hot stuff too often), so dont be shy about ordering them.
All in all, worth the 4 stars
Had dinner here last night. even though it was a Monday it still had a great atmosphere. Its not the cheapest of dinners so I would go here for a treat but the portion sizes are great and everything is easy to share.The lamb fennel dumplings were awesome. The fillet steak was amazing so much flavor. We also ordered the chicken three pot its only downfall is that it had mushrooms in it and it didn't state that on the menu as I am allergic so that was a pain but other than that the staff were warm and friendly and looked after us well. dinner for two with no drinks was about $145. I would recommend for a special occasion.
I have been to this restaurant twice, the first was with family for a birthday dinner. My first impression was the restaurant was designed for a more intimate dining experience perhaps for couples. The lighting is quite dark with a single small pendant light above each table which I found annoying when trying to have a conversation with a group of people.
This first time I went we ordered a few different mains to share across the table, they arrived with in good time and the flavour was amazing, I was impressed straight away with the quality of the plates being served.
The 2nd time I took my partner and unfortunately we couldn't reserve a table as they were fully booked, we were advised if we arrived at opening time which was 6pm we can get a seat in the bar area and could enjoy the full menu and sit for as long as we liked. Upon arrival we were informed that we could have a table in the restaurant until 8:30pm which was more than enough time. After we sat Down we started our meal with a cocktail each, then we ordered the degustation with matching wines (the best way to dine), every course was delicately presented and it tasted just as good as it looked.
Two big thumbs up for this place, I would recommend for a special occasion with that special somebody as it is on the expensive side.
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.