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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

Variety is the spice of spice at this most modern of Asian dining rooms. Neil Perry's ode to China's lesser-tasted regions is a story told with numbing Sichuan pepper, earthy cumin and no small amount of chilli. Kitchen smarts, however, ensure the burn never overshadows taste or texture. Calamari is furiously stir-fried "typhoon shelter-style" with chilli and finely minced garlic, while ginger and black vinegar underscore tender red-braised pork. Steamed rockling is prepared Hunan-style and accented by pickled and salted chillies, just as fat prawns are made magic by a salted egg sauce and four kinds of chilli. The setting is just as grown-up as the cooking, but don't think Spice Temple doesn't know how to party. Ibiza-style beats, spirited waitstaff and spice-sympathetic wines and cocktails keep things buoyant in the den-like basement. For those who like their modern Chinese a little quieter, return by day for à la carte dim sum and warm, just-set custard tarts.

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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Two Stars
  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $9-$24

    M $39-$59

    D $12-$18

    Set menus $75, $95


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


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