May 23, 2010

Spice Temple, Sydney

To be quite honest, I first got intrigued to visit this restaurant because of their rather mystical-vibed website. The menu looked interesting too, so the decision was clear: I must try this one out.
Complimentary spiced popcorn (containing a mix of spices including paprika, chilli, and cumin) while waiting for my friend to arrive.

Complimentary lemongrass and rose petal soda. Sometimes it pays off to get chatty with the bartenders...

Cucumbers with smashed garlic and ginger - Refreshing and tasty

Hot pot of fresh shiitake, oyster, enoki and wild Chinese mushrooms, Yunnan style - The broth was incredibly full of taste. I love mushrooms and they soaked in all the goodness of the broth. The smaller size is enough to serve two very generously.

Stir fried quail and peanuts with steamed egg custard - "spicy, crunchy, creamy" - so true! This dish had so many textures and flavours and the soothing egg custard was really lovely with the spicy crunchy mixture.

Tea smoked chicken with black vinegar - This is a method of cooking I've been wanting to try at home for ages, so I was really keen to see how it tasted. The dish was very fragrant and the taste was intense. Again, very generous portion as we are talking of a whole chicken here.

Sadly we had a time limit on our table (we arrived at 6.30 pm so we had to be out by 8.15 pm) so we didn't have any time for desserts. The craving for sweet (and more wine) had to be fixed at the Guylian Chocolate Cafe with this dark chocolate ice cream.

Spice Temple was definitely an interesting culinary experience with a trendy atmosphere. We were pleasantly surprised by the generous portion sizes, the overly friendly and helpful staff and the offering of a doggy bag to go! Next time I wouldn't mind trying out their desserts and the exciting collection of teas!

Oh and yes I did see Neil Perry walking (I wouldn't use the word "storming" because it has a somewhat aggressive echo to it, but he certainly wasn't just strolling) in and out of the kitchen, but didn't dare to stop him for a photo!