Sydney - Spice Temple - Licensed

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Sydney - Spice Temple - Licensed

Postby Cam » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:42 pm

Cuisine: Chinese
Service: No problems.
Food: Very good - a couple of dishes were maybe a step below others, but overall a good experience. Spices obviously feature prominently, but for the most part were well balanced. The hottest dishes are indicated on the menu if you want to either avoid or try them, none that I tried were mouth searingly hot for my taste.
Value: Worked out to about $55 a head all up excluding wine. There is also a $69 banquet option.
Ambiance: Impressive, really well thought out use of lighting.
Glassware: Excellent
Wine list: 100 wines with most looking like they would go well with various dishes. We had the 2007 Hirsch Heiligenstein Gruner Veltliner for $69 and the 2007 Marcel Deiss "Alsace" (listed on the menu as Pinot Gris, but I think it's a blend) for $70. Both went well with the food and I thought the prices were reasonable for a restaurant.
BYO Details: I did not ask, but as far as I know BYO is not allowed.
Offline Prospect: Not bad for a quickfire casual event if you could talk them into BYO and you allow for the spice with your wine choices.

Score: 14/20

Photos: (might be a bit up and down as my image host is having problems, if they don't load, please come back later and have a look!).

Animated, digital display on the front door

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Steamed shredded chicken with garlic and spring onion oil

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Fried squid with whole five spice and dark chilli paste

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Stir fried spicy pork and fermented chilli with crispy fried noodles

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Fish drowned in heaven facing chillies and Sichuan peppercorns - Leatherjacket Sichuan style

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Hunan style crisp pork belly with fresh and dried chillies and mushroom soy

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Tea smoked chicken with black vinegar

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Three shot chicken - Beer, chilli and soy

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Hot pot of fresh shiitake, oyster, enoki and wild Chinese mushrooms,Yunnan style

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Mango mousse and sesame nougatine

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Peanut, chocolate and caramel parfait

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Jasmine rice sherbet and banana ice cream with candy corn

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Postby Antonio » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:18 pm

Youve got this photography gig well under control Cam! great pictures.
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Postby candyflip » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:44 pm

Good work Cam - nice to see something different in the food photography world than the stock studio lit stuff of perfect plastic & stone-cold dishes.

Now if you could just convince 'Cuisine' to publish you, the circle of boredom, followed by frustration, followed by innovation, creative licence and ultimately, new standards, will be complete.

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Postby Cam » Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:01 pm

Thanks guys - it's always interesting dealing with vastly different and usually inadequate lighting while not spending the whole meal behind the viewfinder or letting the food go cold!

Off to Oscillate Wildly tomorrow or Wednesday - will hopefully have some interesting food to show.
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Postby christo » Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:44 pm

:salut: awesome dude... new calling?!

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Postby Dave Vino » Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:54 pm

Big aperture on those? Must be hard to get it just right as you say before the thing goes cold. Good stuff.
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Postby PeteHazz » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:18 pm

Cam,

Great shots. I was trying to find an excuse not to go, but I think I'll have to now!
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Postby nicholas » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:51 pm

photos; super grousse
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Postby Guest 389 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:11 pm

Great job again on the photos Cam.

I was oblivious last week when finished dining at Bar + Grill upstairs that Spice Temple was the cousin! I knew Neil was doing something else but didn't realise it was downstairs.

Sydney B+G is however excellent - but a little fast paced between courses for those unacustomed to Sydney service speeds.

Hope to try Spice Temple next time... walkable from the hotel (if all up hill)!
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Postby michel » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:28 pm

Thanks Cam- the wife is keen to go so you have reinforced we should give it a go :!: :lol: :!:
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Postby Artist FKAN » Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:00 pm

michel wrote:Thanks Cam- the wife is keen to go so you have reinforced we should give it a go :!: :lol: :!:


Can I come with?
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Postby michel » Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:01 pm

you are welcome anytime we go out - you can look after my daughter and colour in with her and play nintendo DS :twisted:
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Postby Mark AS » Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:04 pm

Neval Blanc wrote:
michel wrote:Thanks Cam- the wife is keen to go so you have reinforced we should give it a go :!: :lol: :!:


Can I come with?


Can I come as your date?

I'm pretty adept at the colouring in (by which I mean I display the crayon/pencil skills of a 5 year old so my daughter doesn't feel inferior), but don't have a clue re Nintendo.
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Postby Artist FKAN » Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:24 pm

michel wrote:you are welcome anytime we go out - you can look after my daughter and colour in with her and play nintendo DS :twisted:


I have a new sticker for her too. Much better than the Korean Airlines "do not disturb me" one ;-) :lol:
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Postby PeteHazz » Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:48 pm

Mark AS wrote:
Neval Blanc wrote:
michel wrote:Thanks Cam- the wife is keen to go so you have reinforced we should give it a go :!: :lol: :!:


Can I come with?


Can I come as your date?

I'm pretty adept at the colouring in (by which I mean I display the crayon/pencil skills of a 5 year old so my daughter doesn't feel inferior), but don't have a clue re Nintendo.


Can I go on your other arm? I've practiced drawing at a 2 year old level and was a gun at Atari if that helps?
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