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Meet the Chef

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Neisha Woo

Neisha’s journey at Rockpool Dining Group began when she joined Rockpool 1989 in 2014 as Chef de Partie. Determined, she walked into the restaurant with her resume one day and was given a trial. Not only does the Korean chef successfully keep busy tables turning at Spice Temple Melbourne, but she climbed the culinary ladder to become the restaurant’s Head Chef after 12 months as Junior Sous Chef. Her rapid rise through the ranks comes five years after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney.

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Total Score

8.5
1002 reviews
Recommended
(8.7)
Food
(8.6)
Service
(8.6)
Value for money
(7.6)
Atmosphere
(8.5)

dined on Thu, 16 May 2019

(3)
Very disappointing. For a restaurant that views itself as one of the best in Melbourne, it has very quickly fallen behind. Subpar service with overpriced food. Can’t see myself going back unfortunately.
Prateek Sharma

dined on Sat, 11 May 2019

(9)
Nice place with great food and service

dined on Tue, 7 May 2019

(5)
Have eaten then previously and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found the food and service less of a standard. The waiter was average, didnt even offer coffee just gave us the bill

dined on Fri, 12 Apr 2019

(9)
We stuck to dumplings and smaller plates so had a wonderful range of flavours, textures etc. As pescatarians we had plenty of choice too.

dined on Thu, 11 Apr 2019

(8)
Food was absolutely delicious but it is on the pricey side. Service was average for an elegant restaurant. It didn't seem like they were attentive enough. Atmosphere was lovely.

dined on Sat, 6 Apr 2019

(6)
We were seated in the basement which was abnormally dark especially after having come in from sunlight. This was a pre show supper so we were pleased by the prompt service. The quality of food is excellent with the chicken wings and sweet and sour pork standout reminding us of a Hong Kong favourite. Wine list is expensive for an uninspired list. A decent house wine for those on a budget would be appreciated. Overall would recommend for those who like their food spicy and authentic.

dined on Fri, 5 Apr 2019

(9)
Another fantastic night out with friends at Spice Temple, loved that they have an awesome basement bar where we could down cocktails while waiting for our tables to be ready. Food was amazing as always, warning that menu items in red can sometimes be REALLY spicy - but nothing too outrageous. Service was friendly, peppy and fast. Ambience was 10/10

dined on Sat, 30 Mar 2019

(2)
The service was appalling. We were forgotten for most of the night. Food mediocre, overpriced. We will not return.

dined on Sat, 2 Mar 2019

(8)
I would have marked the food better but we had to make up our own peking duck. They just plonked everything on the table. Disappointing for a fine dining restaurant
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About Spice Temple

Turn Up The Heat If there’s one thing Neil Perry knows how to do, it’s how to win the hearts, minds, and bellies of his patrons. Just like Perry's other successful food forays, Spice Temple, in Melbourne’s Crown Casino has locals head over heels in love. Created with business partners Trish Richards and David Doyle, Spice Temple is dark and dazzling, with rich toffee-hued lighting, comfortable seats and dark wood tables. Like the fit out, the food is just as dramatic and allows diners to explore Perry’s interpretation of Chinese cuisine. Heat, spice, sourness and saltiness - they’re all present - with Perry opting for authentic and robust over safe and polite, every time. Tea-smoked duck breast is rare and succulent, fish fragrant eggplant is crispy, spicy and sour - a must try. For dessert, it's difficult to go past the chocolate and peanut parfait - a favourite of many. Oh Mr Perry, it’s always a pleasure to have you in town. Few would disagree. It’s time to spice things up. Best dish: tea-smoked duck breast

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