reviews

REVIEWS

SMH Good Food Guide 2013

Ruby red lanterns; dramatically spotlit tables, jazzy music segueing into a late-night groove: Spice Temple’s Shanghai speakeasy setting showcases China’s sophisticated culinary diversity.

SMH Good Food Guide 2013 – Small Wine list of the Year

A smart, tightly edited and well laid-out range of interesting quality wines superbly suited to the complexities and challenges of spice laden cooking.

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2013

Spice Temple might just be the best contemporary Chinese restaurant we have.

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine  Awards 2012

With just 100 wines, this is a small wine list par excellence. Its strength is not only in choice, diversity and attention to matching Spice Temple’s provincial Chinese cuisine but in offering that X factor, the unexpected…This is a tour of the modern wine world, in short form.

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012

Underneath his wagyu-laden Rockpool Bar & Grill, Neil Perry has created a modern sultry space where the heady flavours of China’s western and northern provinces are combined with the very finest produce. There’s craft, variety and refinement even.

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2012

Two years after its plasma-screen door first swung open, the seriously dark, sexy opium den-inspired basement remains a conversation starter… it’s arguably Sydney’s, if not Australia’s, best modern Chinese restaurant…

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2011

From the startling front door with its alluring animated imaging to its starkly pale bar and low-lit, night-clubby, basement dining room, Spice Temple is the modern Chinese place of worship Sydney has been waiting for. A good-looking crowd sits over clever, zodiac-namd cocktails and shared regional Chinese dishes (often Sichuan and Hunanese in origin) that can numb the mouth and excite the senses…

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010

Neil Perry turns the chilli volume up to 11 to focus on evocative and feisty regional Chinese flavours. This low-lit basement room, surrounded by vertical venetian blinds that look like the lovechild of a paling fence and a Brett Whiteley match, is reminiscent of an opium den… With generous portions, switched-on service and a pumping soundtrack (a bit too loud at times), Spice Temple rescues Sydney Sinophiles from the Cantonese doldrums.

Franz Scheurer, Australian Gourmet Pages – 10 Favourites of 2009

Sydney is a town where Asian flavours are taken seriously and the sexiest combination of superb food with great heat and depth, a terrific ambiance and a captivating wine list has to be found at Spice Temple, Neil Perry”s new Asian venture. Spice Temple is one of my favourite places to eat, relax and enjoy. It deserves recognition as one of the best Asian restaurants anywhere in the world.

AWARDS

SMH Good Food Guide Awards 2013

Two hats
16/20
Small Wine List of the Year

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2013

One star
Two glasses 

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards 2012

Two glasses

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012

16/20
Two Hats 

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2012

One star

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2011

15.5/20
One Hat 
Small Wine List of the Year

Wine Spectator’s  Award of Excellence 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Spice Temple was received an Award of Excellence which is granted to restaurants for lists that offer a well-chosen selection of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Spice Temple is honored by Wine Spetactor for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010

14.5/20