Restaurant Reviews

Spice Temple: Restaurant review


Riverside at Crown
8 Whiteman St
Southbank, Melbourne, VIC


Lunch Thu-Sun noon-3pm
Dinner daily 6pm-11pm


E $19-$38
M $42-$98
D $18-$24
Set menus $55-$99


Spice Temple is the glam Chinese diner for all occasions, from yum cha to gala banquets or zodiac-themed cocktails in the bar. An upbeat playlist sets the scene in a Sino-accented space split between a refined dining room overlooking Southbank and a basement with ample mood. Menus are typically expansive but the wine card lists just 100 labels chosen for their empathy with Asian spicing. You'll need a drink to douse the heat from signature kung pao chicken with "heaven facing" chillies, although spicing is generally more elegant than extreme. Batons of steamed eggplant arrive beneath a tricolour of minced pork, garlic and coriander. Main-course meats, such as pork hock marinated in cassia-fragrant masterstock, tend to be standouts. A dressed-up mango pudding layered with condensed-milk chantilly is a suitably refined end to the Temple's brand of polished Chinese.
(03) 8679 1888
Bookings recommended
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Perry Chow & Neil Perry
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.