Snake Beans with Pork Mince and XO Sauce
These super fresh green beans were cooked nicely and still had that lovely fresh snap to them. The flavours were great too. A little disappointing though, considering it’s a standard in most Asian restaurants. Maybe I was expecting something more from a place with such a reputation.
Spice Temple, located in the heart of Sydney CBD, is one of Neil Perry’s two hatted restaurants. It is an award winning, Asian-Australian inspired underground restaurant. That in itself led me to believe that I was in for a dining treat! Unfortunately, I was left high and dry by this whole experience. Dear readers, I do not want to deter you from dining here. Perhaps we ordered the wrong dishes and perhaps in the future we need to revisit to try others from the menu.
Easy the darkest restaurant I have been to, this intimate venue features timber tables, red seating and very minimal lighting. Did I enjoy sitting in near complete darkness whilst I tried to determine what I was eating – no, not really.
Stir Fried Spanner Crab with Leeks, Salted Chilli and Soy Beans
I was on the fence about this dish. On one hand the flavours were great and they were very generous with the crab which was firm and juicy, but is a stir fry really worth $55? You decide.
Duck Stir Fry in Soy and Ginger Sauce
A pretty solid dish. The duck pieces were marinated in a spicy soy sauce that had a perfect balance of savoury and sweet. I liked that there weren’t too many veggies in it like in most stir fries. The dish really focused on the flavour of the duck.
Overall, Spice Temple is designed to share. In the future, when I visit again, I might order the banquet menu so I get to experience a wider range of dishes. Sadly, for the price we paid and the big names and awards behind this restaurant, I expected more. Here’s to hoping for a better experience next time!
10 Bligh Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000