Category Archives: Spice Temple


Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


Easter is nigh. It’s upon us, here already, where did the year go…and all of that! At this time of year, every year, we sit back, albeit temporarily on our heels and muse over the swift pace of things in general, and then ever so quickly our minds turn to seafood and chocolate. There are many reasons to celebrate the Easter holiday and each and every one of us will celebrate the time in our own way, whether in a spiritual way…or a foodie way – and let’s face it, food is it’s own religion!

Here are the Rockpool Group’s trading hours over the Easter and ANZAC Day long weekends and a few menu suggestions should you be looking for the very best in Australian seafood and chocolate indulgence…

Easter trading

Our 3 Sydney restaurants will be open for dinner only on Good Friday and dinner only Easter Monday – other than that, it is business as usual, with the restaurants open for dinner on Saturday.

Down Melbourne way, Rockpool Bar & Grill is business as usual; Rosetta and Spice Temple will be closed Monday lunch.

Heading West, Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth is as normal.

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ANZAC Day trading

All Sydney restaurants will be open for dinner only.

Melbourne and Perth – business as usual across the board for your dining pleasure.

And so to the ‘food’. Allow us, if we may, to select a few of our Easter dining suggestions for your perusal…


Chirashi zushi of whiting, kingfish and squid
Bass grouper ‘ginger and shallot’ with oyster and buckwheat
Chocolate grand cru of Valrhona with peanut butter and jelly

Chirashi Zushi 1

Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney

Cured ocean trout with pickled red onion, coriander seeds and toasted brioche
Spicy mussel and saffron stew with charcoal roast seafood and aioli
Milk and dark chocolate, caramel and macadamia shortbread

Cured Ocean Trout  Mussels

Spice Temple Sydney

Take a few friends and take on a banquet offering. Prawn wontons with black vinegar and chilli; fish drowned in heaven-facing chillies; greens stir fried with fermented bean curd and pippies live from the tank with XO sauce

Spice Temple Pippies  Spice Temple Sichuan Fish

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne

Four raw tastes of the sea
Grilled Glacier 51 Toothfish with braised chicory and hazelnut crumb
Dark chocolate mousse cake with fleur de sel

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Start in the ‘Crudi and carpacci’ section – scampi with orange, pistachio and mint, then move to ‘Fish of the day’ – a selection of seafood from Corner Inlet, Victoria – a piece of garfish or King George whiting or perhaps snapper – char-grilled and served with braised zucchini, garlic and basil
Flourless chocolate cake with vanilla chantilly and grated milk chocolate

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Spice Temple Melbourne

It is yum cha all the way here – jade scallop and crab dumplings; pork and prawn siu mai; fried squid with 5 spice salt, dark chilli paste and cabbage salad; spring onion pancakes…finish with raspberry and chocolate ganache candy bar


Rockpool Bar &Grill Perth

Wood fire grilled Fremantle octopus with spelt, preserved lemon, almonds, garlic, green chilli and parsley
Crispy King George Whiting with red braised vegetables and herbs with aioli
Banana, Dulcey chocolate, coconut and caramel tart

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herever you dine these fast-approaching holiday weekends, enjoy your celebration and stay safe on the roads.

Happy Easter and Anzac Day from the Rockpool family.


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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Fancy the idea of Neil Perry cooking dinner for you? In your own home, no less, with 9 of your closest friends who will doubtless love you forever after this one!

All you have to do is dine at any Rockpool Group restaurant between February 1st and June 30th and tell us what your favourite Neil Perry or Rockpool Group dish is. Simple, right? How you could possibly choose between goat cheese tortellini, date tart, tea smoked duck and son in law eggs is beyond me – so good luck with that!

The winner will be drawn on Friday 4 July 2014, and dinner must take place between July 2014 and November 2014, date pending Neil’s availability.

There’s a few terms and conditions of course, but nothing too crazy, so take a look here. We wish you the very best of luck – time to get reminiscing.

Bon appétit!


Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014


If you are craving a little Spice Temple goodness now that ham and turkey have officially left the room, then get yourself down to Spice Temple Sydney for our special spicy little express banquet menu.

Available for lunch Monday to Friday throughout January, and for Tuesday and Wednesday lunches in February, it is priced at only $45 per person and is a ridiculously good deal, if we do say so ourselves.

Treat yourself to a little “I’m dealing with the return to work blues” indulgence and head into Spice Temple Sydney for the Express Lunch Banquet, you can be in and out within an hour!

See you across the chow mein!


$45 per person

Cabbage and radish

Prawn wontons with black vinegar and chilli

Crispy Chow Mein Australian Chinese style


Steamed flathead, Jiangxi style, pickled mustard greens and turnip with chilli

Stir Fried Beef with black pepper and snowpeas

Steamed Chinese broccoli with house made oyster sauce

Matching Wines

2012 Riesling, Meyer Fonne ‘Reserve’ Riesling, Alsace, France $16
2008 Tempranillo, Bai Gorri ‘Crianza’ Rioja, Spain $17

Spice Temple
10 Bligh Street
Sydney 2000
PH: 02 8078 1888


Friday, January 10th, 2014

That was massive, right? 2013? We rocked it, there’s no doubt and we intend to carry right on rocking it through 2014 and beyond, so grab your hats folks and hold tight. Here we go, our year in retrospect…

2013 could only be called a year of contrasts – from floods to bushfires, Julia to Ruddy, Abbott and beyond, we have lived and breathed just about all of it this past year. Much of it was good, some of it was amazing, and a portion downright challenging – nothing changes, really.


We herald the new year with a heatwave across the South East of Australia and consequent raging bushfires in Tasmania, followed by a monsoon trough over Queensland and New South Wales. Flooding and tournadoes claim the headlines. We await a year of crazy weather, cross our fingers and dig deep for all those affected.

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Over in LA, the annual Gday USA shindig is kicking off. We do our bit at the Qantas Spirit of Australia cocktail party and the team up with culinary mate Tom Colicchio for a Qantas media lunch at Craft LA.

Australia Day rolls around and our fearless leader Neil Perry receives an Order of Australia medal in the Australia Day honours list for ‘significant service to the community as a benefactor of and a fundraiser for charities, and as a chef and restaurateur’. Proud? As punch! CEO of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, Louise Baxter, summed up Neil’s contribution by saying, “Neil Perry is an exceptional example of an Australian who is continually giving back and gives selflessly to organisations who support those in need, and has made an enormous contribution to the hospitality and restaurant industry both within Australia and on the world stage. Neil does this while being incredibly humble and asking for nothing in return.”…we couldn’t agree more Louise!


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It’s the OzHarvest CEO CookOff. Over $1 million was raised with proceeds being shared between OzHarvest, The Big Issue and ONE80TC. Neil cooked it up with mates including Maggie Beer, Marty Boetz, Poh Ling Yeow, Mike McEnearney, Matt Moran and Guillaume Brahimi with chopping, slicing and dicing courtesy of some of Australia’s top CEOs and business leaders.. Only 43 bandaids distributed that we know of!

We celebrate Chinese New Year 2013, the Year of the Water Snake. Spice Temples Sydney and Melbourne serve special banquet menus incorporating ingredients that promote health, wealth and fertility…Northern style pork buns bring ‘Family unity’ and Crispy lucky duck with steamed bread, shallots and hoisin – ‘Fidelity’….whilst Stir fried deluxe mushrooms, baby king brown, enoki, oyster, shitake and white cloud bring us a worthy dose of ‘Prosperity’. Nice.

Still in Feb and we kick start the ‘Classics lunch menu’ at Rockpool on George, every Friday.

We bring you the much- loved Rockpool dishes of yester year, from Fish fillets poached in coconut milk with garam masala, and Herb and spice crusted tuna with eggplant salad, to Stir fried spanner crab omelette, Chilli salt squid and date tart! A culinary wander through the archives. Delicious amounts of fun.


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It’s March. Tensions are…well, tense in the labour party. Prime minster Julia Gillard brings on a leadership spill. Assumed challenger Kevin Rudd sits tight and does not contest. Things as they were…nothing to see here, people.

Kimi Raikonnen wins the Australia F1 Grand Prix.

Spice Temple Melbourne brings us the 80’s Chinese dinner! Staff are clad in silk, carnations adorn the tables and lanterns are at their ambient best. A highlight of the previous dinner at Spice Temple Sydney, the rocking 80’s soundtrack specially prepared by the wonderful Anton Monsted was a huge hit. Prawn toast, crab and corn soup, lemon chicken and Mongolian lamb were amongst the star dishes, and deep fried ice cream of course.

And…we update the bar menu at Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney. Hello to such fabulousness as the ‘Play it again Pierre’ and the ‘Zombie deluxe’… and the menu itself describes our ‘cocktails for revelry’ as “Boat Drinks”, or “cocktails for that ‘just released from prison feeling’, for those who see in the bottom of a punch bowl a horoscope of gaiety, joy, revelry, carousing and happy madness!” No wonder we love working here.

Our stunning beef ageing program continues to star across all our restaurants.

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Much-adored racehorse Black Caviar is retired, with an unbeaten record of 25 wins under her saddle.

Chrissy Amphlett dies in New York. A sad sad day for the Australian music industry and her many fans worldwide.

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Neil does a touch of filming with Qantas in the middle of the dessert, in Dubai and we ‘Feed Melbourne’ at The Gourmet Soup Lunch. Brendan from Rosetta served up the ribollita, Rockpool Bar & Grill’s Will was on the parsnip and honey soup and Ben from Spice Temple patiently braised the Chinese pork and cabbage. $7 got you a delicious soup and a bread roll from Phillippa’s Bakery. Every cent went to Melbourne food charities.

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Out Qantas way, Rockpool Consulting was proud to play their part in an immaculate gala dinner celebrating the new partnership between Qantas and Emirates. Held in Hangar 96 at Sydney Airport, tables were laid beneath the mighty wings of the A380.


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All seemed quiet out in the world in May. At Rockpool, we put on some fantastic dinners for Qantas EpiQure at Spice Temple Sydney and Rosetta.

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Neil and Brendan set sail for Lizard Island to take part in the Wolf Blass Gourmet Weekend (nice work if you can get it!), the poor old staff in Sydney had to suffer through a caviar tasting. Poor things. Bleeding hearts. Yeah yeah. And Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney hosted the Great Gatsby/ Tiffany event.


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Kevin Rudd defeats Julia Gillard 57 to 45 in an Australian labour party leadership spill (see March).

Rockpool helps Icebergs in Bondi celebrate 10 years! Well done guys. Happy birthday! No mean feat!

Spice Temple Sydney holds their Shaanxi regional dinner. Wood roasted lamb skewers with heaven facing chilli amongst the wonderment.

Heston Blumenthal is in the house at Bar & Grill Sydney making little Levi McCormack’s wish come true.


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The Wine Spectator Awards are announced. Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney wins it’s 4th consecutive Grand Award. Only 73 restaurants worldwide hold such awards are we are so proud as always to be amongst them. All 7 Rockpool restaurants are recognised. Amazing!

Neil and Brendan head to the fabulous Kauri Cliffs in New Zealand to present a few of their favourite Rosetta dishes… San Danielle prosciutto with cabbage and parmesan; Seafood risotto with tomato and chilli; Slow cooked lamb with caponata and rosemary potatoes; and Panna cotta with stewed rhubarb

Cocktail master James Connolly, from Rockpool Bar and Grill Perth is named in the year’s Australian Bartender top 100 Most Influential List.

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Neil cooks up a dish fit for a king on the Today Show, Bread and butter pudding.

The Fine Wine Partners and Gourmet Traveller WINE 2013 Australian Wine List of the Year Awards. We are thrilled to receive three awards; Best wine by the glass at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth, Best Informal Dining Wine List at Spice Temple Melbourne and Best Digestif List at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth.

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The winner of Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne’s inaugural ‘Apprentice Cook Off’ was 3rd year apprentice James Mitchell, mentored by Robbie Bell. James’ dish was ‘Grilled red mullet with seasonal vegetables, oyster beurre blanc and chestnut farfalle’. Winners are grinners.


Award season hits.

The Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards are held and all 7 Rockpool Group Restaurants are named in the Top 50 with Rockpool on George leading the charge at number 6.

Rosetta, Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne and Spice Temple Melbourne all score 2 hats in the AGE Good Food Guide awards. A very special congratulations to our Melbourne General Manager, Vanessa Crichton for taking out the Service and Excellence Award and to Ben Shewry and the team at Attica on taking out the big one – Restaurant of the Year and Ben, Chef of the year – as always, it is great to be a part of this fantastic industry and have peers of such incredible talent and depth.


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The Liberal – National coalition led by Tony Abbott wins the 2013 federal election (see March/ June).

Neil travels to London to cook a Qantas lunch at Phil Howard’s ‘The Square’.

He also goes ‘MAD’ in Copenhagen.

Rockpool on George retains 3 hats at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide awards. Spice Temple and Rockpool Bar & Grill retain 2 each. Legends, all.

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September 28 sees the day finally arrive for the 2013 Ultimate Dinner at Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney. Thomas Keller, Heston Blumenthal, Brett Graham, Ben Shewry, Grant Achatz, Neil Perry and Phil Wood in the house. Blush! Neil’s chef mates gang up on him and remove a portion of the treasured pony tail. All in the name of The Starlight Children’s Foundation.


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The International Fleet Review is held on Sydney Harbour to celebrate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy fleet in to the harbour.

The 2013 New South Wales bushfire season begins with menacing force.

The Marriage Equality Act 2013 is passed in the Australian Capital Territory, making the ACT the first state or territory to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.


We commence the incredible ‘All Star Dinners’ at Rockpool on George. Welcome home Mike McEnearney, Kylie Kwong and Ross Lusted (also Sydney Morning Herald’s Chef of the Year), we missed you!

An awesome wine dinner at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth (they do these so well!) with Peter
Althaus of Domaine A Stoney Vineyard.

Rosetta turns 1!!!

Neil’s latest book, ‘Simply Good Food’ is released. It’s always so exciting – these things take agggggges to finally get to us!

Our very own David Lawler from Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne is elected as President of Sommeliers Australia.

Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth gets their own taste of The Ultimate Dinner for the first time. Heston stays behind, David Thompson steps in – all remaining superstars – as you were!

It’s Good Food Month in Sydney and we throw ourselves into some fun events – ‘The Classics’ at Rockpool on George; ‘Cantonese Food I Love’ at Spice Temple; and ‘The Great Australian Dinner’ with Rene Redzepi and a gaggle of Australia’s finest chefs.

It’s the last full month of Rockpool on George. We are moving. To Bridge Street. Early November. Lots of stories, memories, regulars popping in just one last time. Emotional times.

Wow, October was big!



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Fiorente, wins the 2013 Melbourne Cup. Someone wins the Rockpool sweep. It’s not me, as usual.

Our bar team at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth are on fire! Congratulations to David Nguyen-Luu on being named as WA’s Best Mixologist at the AHA award.

Goodbye Rockpool on George after 24 ½ years at this iconic site as we head to the future iconic site on Bridge St and it is full steam ahead! We close after dinner service on Saturday the 9th and prepare for opening Tuesday at the new gaff. Crazy? Perhaps, but that’s just the way we roll. Neil spends the last full week at George St in the kitchen with Phil. Tears…but hellooooo Bridge Street! We share some memories…

Rockpool on George goes under the hammer as we sell off so many of her beautiful bits and pieces.


Australia regains The Ashes for the first time in seven years. The white wash is yet to come (it happened in January!)

Wild Oats XI takes line honours in the 2013 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, clocking up 7 wins.

Pretty new Summer uniforms at Rosetta in pastel shades…gelato-esque…

Terry Durack gives Rockpool (as we now, once again, refer to the mothership) 18/20 within her first month at the new Bridge St location.

Christmas puds.

We prepare for Christmas and the new year.


People fill the restaurants and toast a mighty year. We hope yours has been mighty too – and very much look forward to sharing great food, wine and good times with you all in 2014.
Stay safe,

The Rockpool family x


Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Nearly there now. Days left. There is still time to eat, drink, indulge and enjoy…and if it’s ‘escape’ you need, from the heat and the surge of the city crowds mid-shop, then pop right on in. We are here. We will help you relax. Is it bubbles or cold beer you need? Yep, we can do that. Stir fried lobster with XO? A Wagyu burger? Gelato, pavlova, soufflé and tart? Yep, got that too. Whatever your needs, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth – come see us.

We’ll be gliding into 2014 with a smile on our faces at Rockpool. It’s been such a busy year. We have had openings, shufflings, good times and deadlines like never before and we are looking forward to all that is coming up in the New Year.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing this Christmas and New Year – stay safe, be happy and enjoy. Grab your nearest and dearest at 11.59 on December 31st for a good hard squeeze and we will see you on the other side.


Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth ~ lunch Sunday to Friday/ dinner 7 days

Closed December 25

Spice Temple Melbourne ~ yum cha Thursday to Sunday/ dinner 7 days

Closed December 25

Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne ~ lunch Sunday to Friday/ dinner 7 days

Closed December 25

Rosetta ~ Lunch Tuesday to Sunday/ dinner 7 days

Closed December 25

Spice Temple Sydney ~ lunch Monday to Friday/ dinner Monday to Saturday

Closed December 25 and 26

Dinner only January 1

Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney ~ lunch Monday to Friday/ dinner Monday to Saturday

Closed December 25 and 26

Dinner only January 1

Rockpool ~ lunch Monday to Friday/ dinner Monday to Saturday

Closed December 25 and 26

Dinner only January 1




Monday, December 16th, 2013

We love a little ‘twelve days of Christmas’ at Rockpool. Truth be told, if you asked the staff treading the kitchen mats and table aisles their thoughts at this point of the year, chances are there’d be a little sarcasm sent back – something along the lines of…“Twelve days? Twelve DAYS?” Yep – it’s busy out there and we love it! That said, the swans have pretty much swum, the geese have laid and the ladies have most certainly danced, so let’s crack into it!

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

‘The Cut Stick…a vibrant and refreshing mix of Bacardi Superior rum, Palo Cortado sherry, almond syrup, fresh lime juice and pimento bitters’. Where do I sign up? This fantastic concoction has been put together by living Rockpool legend David Nguyen-Luu, Bar Manager at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth and one of the “Top 5 most Promising” Bacardi Legacy National Finalists in the global cocktail challenge. We find out if he wins in March. David also just happens to be WA’s Best Mixologist, as awarded at the AHA awards in November. Where do we get these guys? Just lucky I guess…

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

A copy of Neil Perry’s latest cookbook, Simply Good Food’. Hmmmm. Do we go Asian, Italian or Mexican today? Taco, tagine or tasty tidbits. It’s all there. Personal favourite? Strawberry yoghurt cake – it’s not for sharing! Oh, and while we are at it – if there’s a copy of Alice Waters’ ‘The Art of Simple Food II’ available, we’ll take one of those too thanks.

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

A glass or 2 of rarely seen wines by the glass, from the ‘Iconic Producers of Australia’ list at Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney. This is a simple case of indulgence (if simple and indulgent can indeed co-exist)…sip on a piece of Aussie history with a glass of Seppeltsfield ’100 Year Old Parra Vintage’ or the Jim Barry ‘The Florita – Cellar Release’ Clare Valley 2004

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

The most amazing gift voucher for the new and so so very very beautiful Rockpool on Bridge Street. I’ll be booking that cosy table for 2 upstairs…the one in the corner looking down over what Terry Durack calls a ‘mesmerising’ dining room. I’ll be saying yes when the champagne trolley comes past, and yes again at the end when it turns to cheese. The legend does indeed continue.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Neil Perry’s Christmas pudding!!!! Yay!!!!! It’s plump, it’s traditional, it’s fruity and filled with brandy and it’s oh so good. They feed 4 and I’ll take 2!

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

A discounted Qantas Club membership. You’ll need to grab that booking at a Rockpool restaurant before December 24 to nab this pretty awesome deal. Think about kicking about in the club pre-flight in 2014 instead of the aimless wander of the airport. Deep sighhhhh…

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

We’re at Spice Temple in Melbourne and looking for a little spicy relief from a hard day of Christmas shopping. Grabbing some friends – heading in for a banquet feast – from pork belly sliders, all the way through, past spanner crab and Wagyu and ending up at mango pudding. What’s not to love! I’m washing it all down with a 4 Pines Krolsch.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Gelato and Rosetta – to match their ever so pretty new uniforms in, well, the colours of gelato? I’m having pistachio and Fior di latte – I might come back tomorrow to tackle the special lunch menu, 3 courses for $55.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Lunch at Spice Temple Sydney – coming to you ‘live from the tank’! We are indulging in mud crab, pippies and crayfish – draped in such deliciousness as XO, black bean and chilli, ginger and shallot and 5 spice. Factoring in Zodiac cocktails!

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

Lemon cupcakes with vanilla butter cream at Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne. Maybe it’s Boxing Day…and maybe I’ve survived a good sale or 2, so I deserve them. Bring on the sugar rush!

On the eleventh day of Christmas…

We take a moment to reflect and pay homage. A couple of industry stalwarts left us in 2013. We remember Chefs Charlie Trotter and Judy Rodgers. May they rest in peace.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to meeeeeeeeeee…

12 puds-a-plumming, 11 cakes-a-baking, 10 craaaaaackers, 9 wines chilling, 8 beers-a-swilling, 7 dumplings frying, 6 whole roaaaaast chooks….5 gelato cones, 4 cookbooks, 3 spa sessions, 2 sleep ins…and a partridge in a pear tree!

Merry Christmas everyone.


Monday, November 11th, 2013

Yes, the time is nigh.

Dust off the strappy sandals and the sequins, stock the fridge with tomato juice for the bloody marys – it’s time to party! Summer is here (nearly) and Christmas is nigh. Staff parties, once a year catch ups with old mates, family celebrations and no-excuse-needed-whatsoever lunches and drinks…we can help.

The restaurants are starting to fill and the private rooms more so, so don’t delay in booking your space. We hate people missing out.

Here’s a quick run own on our beautiful private dining rooms, special event options and general Rockpool dining goodness across the group this season.


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Whatever your feasting pleasure, we guarantee to have your Christmas celebration covered at Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney this year. Our Christmas and Summer menus are laden with all your favourites, the award winning wine lists are focussed, and the bar has had a Spring clean and a cocktail makeover. We are ready for you!

A catch up with the boys? You’ll be considering Australia’s finest craft beers to wash down your house made chorizo dog and crumbed prawn po-boy in the bar, or perhaps a plate of empanadas and charcoal roasted king prawns.

Family dinner in the restaurant? Our mush-adored steak tartare, steamed Kinkawooka mussels and the perfectly Summery Redgate Farm duck with grilled mango.

We are pouring Bollinger by the glass, as well as the exceptional Courabyra ‘805’ Tumbarumba from the Snowy Mountains of NSW.

The Bligh Room – up to 20 guests
The Hunter Room – up to 30 guests
The Mezzanine Room – up to 20 guests
The Boardroom – up to 8 guests.


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We have a multitude of options for you at Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne for your festivities this year.

Enjoy a glass of Bollinger or perhaps a crisp Jeffrey Grosset Rockpool Riesling in the bar with freshly shucked oysters, a plate of Europe’s finest cured meats and house cured Wagyu bresaola…Book a seat in our beautiful restaurant and indulge in the very best of the season’s produce – white asparagus, globe artichokes, figs, spanner crab and the very special Coorong yellow eye mullet. Then kick back with the insanely good Singleton whisky and prune crème brulee, because dessert has it’s own stomach!

Or book one of our fabulous private rooms and sit back to enjoy‘Neil’s favourite menu’ – selected carefully by Neil to provide the perfectly indulgent, balanced and delicious Christmas celebration for you and your guests.

The Highland Room will cater for up to 34 guests, the Interior Highland for 16.
The Private Terrace will seat up to 22, and The Terrace is perfect for those bigger celebrations with room for 50.

Celebrate this season at one of Australia’s greatest steakhouses.


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Over yonder West, Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth offers 2 stunning private dining rooms.

The River Room can seat up to 22 guests on one long table, with a private reception area and a balcony overlooking Perth’s CBD, the perfect spot for arrival drinks and canapés.

The Boardroom can seat up to 10 guests on one large round table…banqueting perfection.

If you would prefer to celebrate in the restaurant itself this season, Perth is featuring 2 beautiful set menus for lunch – a three course menu at $95.00 (limited choice) and a $100 two course menu. All guests dining in our private rooms or the main dining room for lunch Monday to Friday will additionally enjoy complimentary valet parking.

Come and join us in toasting a wonderful year at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth – with caviar, oysters, Alaskan king crab…seafood from the charcoal oven, rotisserie partridge, aged Wagyu and a spot of passionfruit pavlova perfection. What could be more celebratory!


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Shanghai nights in our stunning private dining room – or the moody elegance of our main room –we have it covered at Spice Temple Sydney. Our private room seats up to 12 or you can venture up to 50 in our Eastern Dining Room, a mere lounge on the banquette away as you enjoy a cocktail or 2 from the zodiac inspired list.

Mud crab and pippies in XO, crayfish in black bean and salted chilli, stir fried Wagyu brisket and lychee granita – or perhaps a little hot and numbing crispy duck? It’s hard to go past this one. Shared food, award-winning spaces and simply, elegantly, spice…


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Fill your festive boots at Spice Temple Melbourne – grab a gaggle of friends and come indulge in our amazing yum cha – Thursday to Sunday from 12 midday till 3pm. Gua bao, dumplings, noodles and beyond – we have not been called Melbourne’s best yum cha for little reason.

Our gorgeous Nu Wa Room will seat up to 16, The Apsara Room 12 to 20, and if you are planning on partying big style, then consider the Nine Dragons Dining Room for up to 70 guests, or we can create a smaller space within for 25 to 35. We have all your numbers small, medium and large pretty much covered.

We look forward to seeing you at Spice Temple Melbourne for a little steamed flathead Jiangxi style and a mango pudding with condensed milk Chantilly, oh yes!



She’s recenty celebrated her first birthday and what a joy of Italian-ness she has been for the family. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed roasting in her ovens and churning in her gelato machine, grilling over her coals and slicing and dicing on her benches. Come and join us this Christmas season for negronis, prosecco and lots more liquid celebration.

The Rosetta Room is perfect for a shared festive celebration for groups up to 20, or consider booking an exclusive section of the main dining room for up to 16.

If wood fire roasted birds, suckling pig, prosciutto San Daniele, grilled octopus, formaggi and torta cioccolato sound good to you, then Rosetta is your girl.


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We have new digs.  This week, Rockpool opens on Bridge St – a transformation, a spruik, a whole new being. After nearly 25 years at George St, the original Rockpool is looking forward to new benches, ovens, chairs, floors, ceilings and pretty plaques at the front door. It feels very special – and maybe you’d  like to come play? We are currently finalising our private room and event packages – so please stand by for further news…

For all your Christmas enquiries and reservations, please call ~


Rockpool Bar & Grill – 02 8078 1900

Spice Temple – 028078 1888

Rockpool – 02 9252 1888


Rockpool Bar & Grill – 03 8648 1900

Spice Temple - 03 8679 1888

Rosetta Ristorante - 03 8648 1999


Rockpool Bar & Grill – 08 6252 1900


Monday, September 23rd, 2013


We are so looking forward to October. Lots going on. LOTS! And of course, not least (in a big way) is Good Food Month – Australia’s biggest food festival.

The Rockpool Group has a couple of very special dinners on, and Neil takes the pans alongside festival special guest and Perry/ Rockpool friend Rene Redzepi of Noma for the Great Australian Dinner.

The Classics ~ Rockpool on George, Tuesday October 15, 7pm

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Neil Perry remembers 1989 – the year Rockpool opened – with a retrospective of late’80s dishes that blends the nostalgic and the progressive.

SMH Good Food Month festival director Joanna Savill hosts, while Tanqueray® London dry gin will prepare your palate.

$150 per person including beverages

Tanqueray gin signature served on arrival

02 9252 1888 or for bookings

Cantonese Food I Love ~ Spice Temple Sydney, Wednesday October 23, 7pm

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Neil Perry invites you to experience what he loves most about one of the eight culinary traditions of Chinese cuisine, Cantonese. For one night only Spice Temple forgoes its usual exploration of regional cuisine to celebrate this more familiar Chinese fare. Expect a hint of nostalgia with Neil’s re-creation of some favourite dishes and maybe even a bit of luck with his special 8 Treasure Chicken.

$95 per person

02 8078 1888 or for bookings

The Great Australian dinner with Rene Redzepi ~ Sunday October 27, 6pm


 Ten of Australia’s most inspiring chefs join forces to put Australia on a plate.

In line with Rene Redzepi’s philosophy of “time and place”, Neil Perry, Peter Gilmore, David Chang, Martin Benn, Dan Hunter, Mark Best, Kylie Kwong, Ben Greeno, Brent Savage and James Viles each create their own personal expression of Australian cuisine for a landmark four course dinner.

Guest of honour Rene Redzepi will speak on the night (and take care of first course!). Expect ideas, conversation and debate, fascinating food and plenty of surprises at one of the most important events of the culinary year.

$350 per person including an advance copy of Rene Redzepi’s ‘A Work in Progress’ and matched drinks. (Limited dinner-only tickets, $295)

Tickets through or 132 849



Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013


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It was a night of ups and downs for many last night at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards. A massive congratulations to Sepia for being awarded Restaurant of the Year and our very good mate Ross Lusted for a well deserved Chef of the Year – we look forward to Rockpool All Star Ross joining us in the kitchen at Rockpool on George in just a few weeks.

A big shout to to friend and peer Guillaume Brahimi. As Guillaume prepares to farewell Guillaume at Bennelong, last night he once again returned to 3 hat status and also took out the Vittoria Coffee Legend Award.

And so to the Rockpool family. We couldn’t be prouder! Rockpool on George retains it’s 3 hats this year and we send a heartfelt thank you and enormous squeeze to Phil and all the team. It IS a team effort and it is all you guys that make this restaurant what it is today.

Rockpool Bar & Grill stands as proud as ever up on Hunter Street retaining 2 hats – go team!!!! And little sister Spice Temple just keeps on keeping on retaining 2 hats.

With movements afoot on the Rockpool Group, it’s busy and exciting times ahead. Congratulations to all the winners from last night – Sydney is a dynamic city full of great food and we reckon we all do a pretty good job of it!


Tuesday, August 6th, 2013


That there is complimentary valet parking available at lunchtime, every week day, when you dine at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth? That pretty much makes your profiteroles with ice cream, chocolates and hazelnuts more than worth the trip.  And with a seasonal menu boasting beautiful Manjimup truffles with hand cut tagliatelle…well…oh, let’s not forget that our Perth baby just picked up Best List by the Glass at the Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Australian Wine List of the Year Awards!
Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth
Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, WA
Phone 08 6252 1900



Did you also know…that over at Crown Melbourne, Rosetta Ristorante has kicked off a sensational Winter lunch menu? 3 courses for $55 Tuesday to Friday – there’s tagliatelle with braised hare, red wine, tomato and pancetta – house made ricotta with smoked cherry tomatoes – and meatballs oven baked in tomato sauce, just to name but a few menu items.
Rosetta Ristorante
Crown Complex, Southbank, Vic
Phone 03 8648 1999



Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne could well be your perfect pre or post – theatre dining option. We open at 6pm for dinner and have a menu of simple classics that are perfectly suited to that “I need to be out by…” moment -  think cured ocean trout with celeriac remoulade and horseradish cream on toasted brioche – or fried calamari and chilli salad with romesco. Pop back later for dessert or a light supper, or join us in the bar for a nightcap or beef and guinness pie with mushy peas. In fact, join us any old time to indulge in the perfect grass fed steak from one of Australia’s most incredible meat ageing programs.
Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne
Crown Complex, Southbank, Vic
Phone 03 8648 1900



And if you didn’t know that Spice Temple Melbourne is serving up the state’s best yum cha, then you must have been hiding under a wok, but what you may not know is that the restaurant just won Best Informal List at the Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Australian Wine List of the Year Awards! Proud? Yes, just a little! A few of our personal favs are the 2009 Rippon Pinot Noir from Central Otago and the 2012 Crawford River Riesling from Henty in Victoria. We always wash things down, ultimately though, with a Rickshaw. Go team!
Spice Temple Melbourne
Crown Complex, Southbank, Vic
Phone 03 8679 1888



Heading back up the coast now and did you know that Spice Temple Sydney is serving what must surely be one of the warmest sounding cocktails ever – the “Silk and Sand” is created from cherry brandy, spice, citrus and Glenmorangie – it certainly sounds like it wants to warm the cockles of my Wintery heart…and in other news, Chef Andy Evans spruiks his stuff at the Sydney Seafood School September 30. Lock it in.
Spice Temple Sydney
10 Bligh St, Sydney, NSW
Phone 02 8078 1888



At Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney we are truly embracing Winter. Here, in this beautiful multi-award winning space that exudes elegance and old world glamour, we are being charmed and consequently charming with the stunning Perigord truffle…whether indulging in the fresh black truffle omelette with truffle buttered brioche toast – or the Jerusalem artichoke soup with wood fire grilled mushrooms, sage and fresh truffle – you simply cannot go wrong. Visit before the season leaves us…
Rockpool Bar & Grill Sydney
66 Hunter St, Sydney, NSW
Phone 02 8078 1900



For our last ‘did you know’ moment of the month, we head down to the ever-young Rockpool on George. We do things a little differently down here. We grill over rushes, stir fry milk and make leather from carrots. We scent our potatoes with lavender and our peanuts with star anise. If you haven’t been to the original Rockpool in a while, Phil Wood is doing great things – and soon, we will be gone, up the road to Bridge Street – so come visit us before we do and indulge in a piece of living culinary history.
Rockpool on George
107 George St, The Rocks, NSW
Phone 02 9252 1888