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For 2
Date
Tue, 5/22
Time
7:00 PM

Spice Temple

4.3
586 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Chinese
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Spice Temple is located over two levels, the two dining rooms and two semi-private dining rooms are warm and dramatically lit, and while there is an emphasis on comfort and experience rather than a certain theme, the spaces are intimate, relaxed and sexy, with subtle influences of the exotic street hawker food markets in China.

Seasoned with an unmistakable Chinese flavour, Spice Temple’s unique and truly special dishes are driven by a long fostered passion for Asian cuisine and delights the senses with its contrasting tastes and textures.

While Spice Temple’s food is designed for the shared table, so too is the wine list with an interesting and exciting selection of exactly 100 Australian and imported wines.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday & Thursday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(03) 8679 1888
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Neil Perry. Head Chef: Graeme Hunt
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
At Crown Complex and street parking available
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Public transit
No. 55 Tram - Power St/Queensbridge St Tram Stop. No 96/109/112 - Clarendon St Tram Stop
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Spice Temple Melbourne has 2 private Dining Rooms
Additional
Bar Dining, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 586 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Disappointing. Have dined at other Neil Perry restaurants but this one didn't rate.
Only highlight was the staff who were knowledgeable, friendly and attentive

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

The $99 set menu with matching wines was fantastic. Particular highlights were the beef, kapuka and tuna. Service was top notch, with the staff always coming at the right time and never being over bearing.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2017

Had a wonderful evening here exploring new relationships business and personal.

Ambience was perfect to tell stories and to build a shared experience.

Food exquisite. Service friendly and lovely.

A terrific evening. Can't wait to find a good reason to return.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2017

We enjoyed yum Cha yesterday and it was delicious! The service at Spice Temple is always exceptional. The quiet atmosphere is always a treat to dine in. The servings were perfect and presented very nicely. A lovely occasion for my family!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Saturday night as the Spice temple was a very enjoyable experience, perhaps one of the best I have had so far.
The food was amazing, we asked the staff to choose the dishes for us and each one was fantastic. The service was perfect, extremely friendly staff. Can't wait to go back, it's definitely a favourite.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

By far the best yum cha experience - such a refreshing change from the usual yum cha you may experience - ie, no pork buns but amazing pork pastries !!!
What great value for money too..it was truly a dining extravagance....loved it...

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

The food and atmosphere were perfect for a birthday dinner with my wife. The staff were friendly and helpful. The cocktail list unique and the food was simply yummy.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Quality as good as always. However, over the last year they appear to have reacted to "too spicy" reviews by lowering spice levels too far. No longer true Sichuan cuisine as just too mild. A pity because all other aspects remain first class.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Consistently excellent service, yum Cha hit the spot perfect for lunch after a busy week.
Great location comfortable seating and world class cuisine.
Great value.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Everything was great except the firewater beef was average. Mahjong in St.Kilda do the best firewater beef if you want to get it up to scratch try theirs.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2017

Exceptional service by staff. They really looked after us. Even when I made the appointment I happened to mention in passing that it was my husbands bday. They must have made a note and surprised him with a bday cake and candle. Its the little things that make the night special. The staff recommended the banquet which was incredible. Very consistent and delicious and very filling. Great value for money.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2017

We had the Buffet $99 + upgrade and wine match. First 2 courses were lovely and appropriately wine matched. Wine matching after was terrible. Duck was tender. Desert was good and well wine matched.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Wonderful, waterfront seating! Amazing food and wine. Throughly enjoyed the experience.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

The food was great and ambience good. the restaurant had a high class feel to it yet was a refined casual lunch with great waitress service. Would recommend to friends.

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2017

15 minute wait with no service at the bar, despite being one of only three tables occupied. A further 15 mins at the table waiting for our drinks (two beers out of bottles and cans - and one simple cocktail). Three staff asking us for our drink order completely out of sync and not communicating. Wine poured into half full glasses of people away at the bathroom left to go warm; last wine in our bottle heaved into one of party's glasses - filling it - while others remained almost dry. Bad bad bad.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

Seafood prepared very well

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

I consistently have an amazing meal and amazing experience every time I dine here.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Excellent food and service. You would not expect anything less from NP.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Great place. We have dined here before but the options for vegetarians were much more limited this time. Several of the vegetarian options had bacon in them. There were three tofu options but all quite similar.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Menu or chefs have changed
Something was off

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Delicious food, fabulous, friendly and knowledgeable service. Cannot wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2017

Fantastic food & service, entire service executed perfectly and with ease.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2017

Great to dine here once again. Appreciate the effort the staff at the venue and reservations take to ensure that our needs particularly in relation to allergies are discussed and appropriate dishes recommended.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

We could not fault the attentiveness and service from staff.
Food was not as flavoursome as we would have expected from this venue and some serves appeared overcooked.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2017

Remarkably, the service at the Melbourne restaurant is not as good as Sydney. I have experiences this on a number of occasions.

Arguably the best Asian food in the country.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Spice Temple last night. Like always, great food, great company, wonderful staff. Our waiter was fantastic. He had a great personality, offered excellent recommendations and was always happy to help. I wish I got his name but he is definitely an asset to your team.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

We had dinner at Spice temple for our 11yr anniversary and really couldn't fault it. Staff were friendly and attentive and the food was AMAZING!! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary. We received wonderful service by friendly attentive staff. Topped off a delicious dinner when We received complementary cocktails.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2017

Food was brilliant, matched wines okay, service was passable - we obviously weren't the picture of the kind of client they'd like to have (not young nor vibey), even though we spent over $400 for two.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Unfortunately, I cannot say it was a good dining experience. The food was not at all what I expected. The Gung Pao chicken was way too salty and there were more chillies than pieces of chicken really! The Hot and Numbing Wagyu beef was anything but hot and numbing and was extremely chewy :( and the rice was fairly salty too!! Was really disappointed

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2017

The food had plenty of flavour and was well presented and we had the banquet menu with matching wines to get a good variety. The only down side is that after asking on two separate occasions for the food to slow down, the food and wine still came out at a very fast pace and we felt as though we were being rushed out for the next booking. That removed any welcoming feeling as they appeared to just be focused on churning out the customers. Of note, i'm quite a fast eater and still felt rushed.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2017

I have absolutely loved the food & experience at Spice temple every time I have dined there however on my last occasion (Sat 20th) I was so so disappointed & surpised with the service. We were booked for the 8:30pm slot Yet on arrival our table wasn't ready & the guy at the desk who greeted us prettt much said it was bad luck & we needed to wait down stairs at the bar. Then when we were finally seated it took quite a while to be served or even get a menu until we asked & our order was stuffed up

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

The Spice Temple impressed beyond expectations, as usual.

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Disappointed, I was expecting to be wowed for $350.

It was nice, but I feel that it could of be better for the price and hype, I tried this a week after I visited red spice road Qv, red spice road from food to service out shines spice temple sorry.

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2017

The dining experience was not special. Overrated, overpriced, the food lacked subtlety.
In a word: underwhelming
The pork was so over spiced you could not tast it: the coconut pannacota was acidic from too much citrus and I'm sorry: $50 for four prawns: really?

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

We love the concept of numerous small plates that lunch provides. There was something for all tastes offered, all prepared with great care with wonderful flavours and textures.

Just love good Chinese and that was what was delivered

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Fantastic service & ambience. Delicious food!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Have been here a number of times, love the food, great service, but Jesus it is dark :) I dont understand why the lighting is like 1 lux, you need to use your iphone light to see the menu, otherwise great

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2017

This is an exceptional restaurant that I have now dined at twice.
during those 2 visits I tried many different dishes and found them all to be of the finest quality.
Add to that the staff were fabulous.
This is a MUST return for us.
Pricing is a bit high but I assume the high rent accounts for that.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

The food and service was best of breed.

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