Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards 2009 to 2017
Two Hats

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2017
Top 100
Ranked Number 41


10 Bligh St, Sydney

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 12 – 3pm, 6 – 11pm
Saturday: 5.30 – 11pm
Sunday: 5:30 – 10pm

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Spice Temple Melbourne


Spice Temple is a modern Chinese restaurant with a culinary focus on China’s lesser known regions. Our menus are designed to be shared and enjoyed banquet style in our intimate and seductive surrounds.

Driven by our philosophy of incorporating world-class service with a deep respect for the highest quality produce Spice Temple offers modern Chinese food as it’s rarely been seen before in Australia.



Aromatic and fragrant, the culinary focus at Spice Temple is regional China, looking at the different provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Xinjiang. With the dusty aromas of dried spice and the intensity of chillies (dried, fresh, salted, pickled, brined and fermented), our menu is designed to excite, with balance and harmony at its core.

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Awards & Reviews

Spice Temple Sydney is one of Australia’s most awarded Chinese restaurants.

Good Food Guide Awards 2016
Two hats

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2016
Top 100
Ranked Number 44

Good Food Guide Awards Sydney 2015
Two hats

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2015
Top 100
Ranked Number 44

Good Food Guide Awards Sydney 2014
Two hats

Good Food – 2014
“One of the city’s most glamorous high-end restaurants”

Time Out Sydney – 2014
“Chilli isn’t just about blowing people’s minds out. It really is about adding that flavour and mouth-feel and excitement.”

SMH Good Food Guide Awards 2013
Two hats
Small Wine List of the Year

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2013
One star
Two glasses

Broadsheet Sydney – 2013
“In this intimate, underground restaurant, you’ll find some of the best regional Chinese food in Sydney.”

SMH Good Food Guide – 2013
“Spice Temple’s Shanghai-speakeasy setting showcases China’s sophisticated culinary diversity”

Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards 2012
One star

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards 2012
Two glasses

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012
Two Hats

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 Spectator for having one of the most outstanding restaurant wine lists in the world.

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2011
One Hat
Small Wine List of the Year

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010

Not Quite Nigella – 2009
“Extremely tempting sounding yet unusually named dishes”

Orient reoriented – 2009
“Spice Temple is in a class of its own.. Being comfortably numb never felt so good.”

The Japanese bento box tradition

Rockpool Files

From rudimentary wooden lunch receptacle for Japanese farmers in the 5th Century, to luxurious aluminium boxes containing nutritional ‘packed’ lunches for wealthy school kids post-World War I, and disposable polystyrene boxed meals sold in convenience stores, supermarkets and train stations, the prestige of the beloved bento box has varied greatly over the years but its […]

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The art of the xiao long bao

Rockpool Files

Plump dumplings and bite-sized buns are an aspect of China’s culinary heritage that is impossible not appreciate, be it for the intricate workmanship involved, their delicate aesthetics, or the sheer eating enjoyment. They come pan-fried, boiled, deep fried or steamed and common filling combinations include prawns, vegetables, garlic chives, and pork, including the jammy BBQ […]

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