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

    Dinner daily 6pm-11pm

Spice Temple

Precisely 100 bottles constitute the wine list at Spice Temple. It's typical of the discipline - vinous, gustatory and otherwise - that characterises all of Neil Perry's restaurants, including this member of his Crown trinity (see also Rockpool Bar & Grill and Rosetta). Bring your own discipline to the menu, which is inspired by China's border provinces, and order at least one of the savoury custard dishes: an entrée version with crab is a bowl of comfort, while stir-fried quail and peanuts with custard is a celebration of textures and chilli heat. House-made oyster and XO sauces bring umami notes to everything they touch: noodles with scallops, snake beans with pork. At ground level, dark décor is offset by light streaming in from the promenade; downstairs, the mood is set to midnight. No matter the time of day, pineapple granita with coconut panna cotta is a refreshing finish and service never misses a beat.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • One Star
  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $9-$26

    M $38-$45

    D $8-$18

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Neil Perry & Ben Pollard



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