Spice Temple

Spice Temple
Spice Temple 

10 Bligh St Sydney, NSW 2000

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Opening hours Mon - Wed 12 Noon – 3:00 PM 6:00 – 10:30 PM, Thu - Fri 12 Noon – 3:00 PM 6:00 – 11:00 PM, Sat 6:00 – 11:00 PM, Sun 5:30 – 11:00 PM
Features Accepts bookings, Bar, Business lunch, Degustation, Events, Groups, Late night, Licensed, Lunch specials, Long lunch, Private dining, Romance-first date, Yum cha, Wheelchair access, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian friendly
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Chef Neil Perry, Andy Evans
Seats 150
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 8078 1888

'Chinese' seems almost too tame a description for one of Sydney's most exciting and polished restaurants. Electronic images splash across the heavy front door. Push through and wind down to a series of sectioned-off spaces, pale tones mingling with the dark and night-clubby. Menu-wise, Spice Temple doesn't follow the script either, ditching Sydney's ubiquitous Cantonese for a cruise through lesser-known chilli-, Sichuan-pepper and cumin-loving provinces, with cool (and cooling) cocktails and granitas as contrast. Heat levels are marked on the menu and hot and numbing dry wagyu is exactly as advertised. A stir-fry of diced quail with steamed egg custard is better balanced than an F1 racing car. Excellent produce doesn't need to hide behind rich sauces, as in a salad of shredded chicken lightly dressed in spring onion oil. Occasionally over-formal, the service could have been lifted in from owner Neil Perry's Rockpool. And that's no bad thing.