Restaurant Reviews

Spice Temple: Restaurant review

Spice Temple

Address

Riverside at Crown
8 Whiteman St
Southbank, Melbourne, VIC

Hours

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

Prices

E $9-$38
M $43-$90
D $15-$23
Set menus $55, $79, $99

REVIEW

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.

Phone:
(03) 8679 1888

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Graeme Hunt & Neil Perry

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.