Spice Temple
  • Riverside at Crown,
    8 Whiteman St,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 8679 1888,
  • Lunch Thu-Sun noon-3pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-11pm


Spice Temple

A culinary journey through regional China in a sleek, dark modern space with super-smart service set to a soundtrack of moody R&B: it's a formula that worked very well for Neil Perry in Sydney and it works well here, too, in the Melbourne outpost. There's plenty of energy and movement in the cooking: garlic and ginger is smashed through shredded cucumber; calamari is vigorously stir-fried, "typhoon shelter-style", with plenty of chilli, and a signature dish of steamed eggplant is presented with its "three flavours" (minced garlic, coriander and sweet pork) in neat little piles in a bowl before your waiter mixes it all together with a flourish at the table. Given the quality and the setting, there's value here: the majority of wines on the 100-bottle list are under $100, and set menus are generous - the $79 banquet features nine dishes, from succulent radish pickles to caramel chocolate and peanut parfait cutely presented as an upmarket Golden Gaytime.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $9-$38

    M $43-$90

    D $15-$23

    Set menus $55, $79, $99



  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Graeme Hunt & Neil Perry


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