8 Whiteman Street, Southbank VIC
(03) 8679 1888
I’ve actually been to Spice Temple a couple of times, but the photos below are from our first visit with Mr ST for his birthday. The second Spice Temple visit was with hubby’s family but I didn’t take any photos.
I never bother to take photos when we’re out with hubby’s family anymore. I feel like I’m being a hindrance by asking them to wait for me to take my photos, since they like to dig into the food as soon as hits the table! Also we tend to go to places where the food is all shared so if the food all comes at once, there is no hope of me being able to get a photo before the dish is touched!
Never mind. Hubby and I eat out enough on our own or with others who don’t mind me taking photos (or take photos themselves), so I’ll never run out of blog material!
Spice Temple is well known for their “hot and numbing dishes”, where they use a heap of Szechuan peppers in the food to give you a numbing effect. We didn’t try any of the dishes in the trip below, but we did the following time. I have to say, I don’t understand the appeal of the hot and numbing dishes. They kill off all your tastebuds for the next 15 minutes… why would you want that?! Isn’t it better to be able to savour and taste the food? The hot and numbing dishes contain so much Szechuan pepper, I got a terrible, bitter after taste. It’s not something I would order again.
Something I would order again is the caramel chocolate and peanut parfait for dessert. It is must try dessert if you like chocolate and peanut butter. There have been many times I wanted to go Spice Temple just to have that dessert!
Outside Spice Temple
The dark interior of the restaurant
The restaurant had colours of red, purple & pink
Stir fried sea scallops with velvet noodles & chilli paste
Guangxi style roast pork belly with tofu, coriander, peanuts, red onion & sesame seeds
Tea smoked chicken – This had to be ordered 24 hours in advance, but they had one available on the night
Hotpot of fresh shiitake, oyster, enoki & wild Chinese mushrooms, Yunnan Style
Caramel chocolate & peanut parfait
Inside the caramel chocolate & peanut parfait
It was a nice night so we went for a walk down by the river. Here are some photos I took. Isn’t Melbourne city so beautiful at dusk?
Outside Crown by the river looking back at the city
Looking back towards Flinder Street station
The flames that go off every hour at night outside Crown by the river
Over & Out, April xx