10 Bligh Street, Sydney
02 8078 1800
Spice Temple is another dish on the menu of celebu-chef Neil Perry’s dynamic culinary empire which includes Rockpool Sydney and Rockpool Bar & Grill (both Sydney and Melbourne). Spice Temple shares the site of the also new Rockpool Bar & Grill but has now been open for long enough to have attracted multiple accolades for both its food and drink. While really a restaurant (with food inspired by Chinese street hawkers), the focus on drinks is what earned this spot a place in our ‘bar’ openings page. That, and the fact, that Linden Pride is behind the bar! As well as a wine list featuring 100 wines, there is a clever selection of cocktails – 12 drinks based on the Chinese calendar. According to Linden: “The Spice Temple cocktail program has been pieced together to provide our guests with a holistic modern Chinese experience. Flavour profiles have been developed to complement and contrast tastes that accompany the provincial Chinese menu. Drawing on aromatic, herbal and fragrant spice and tea, each drink is conceptualized to reflect a harmony between balance and taste.” We’re feeling Zen (and a little thirsty!) already.