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Meet the Chef

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Andy Evans

A country boy from Berowra, Andy Evans begun his apprenticeship at Rockpool Sydney at 19. He went from toasting sarnies at Asquith Golf Club in Mt Colah, to working alongside luminary Neil Perry and other respected names in the industry. Evans chalked up nine years with the Rockpool team, crediting his compatriots with embedding a fierce respect for exceptional produce, innovation and creativity that continues within the Rockpool premium restaurant stable today.

1410 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

8.4
1410 reviews
Recommended
(8.6)
Food
(8.6)
Service
(8.3)
Value for money
(7.6)
Atmosphere
(8.6)

dined on Sat, 17 Aug 2019

(10)
I would definitely recommend having a meal here the food was delicious and we will definitely be back

dined on Sat, 17 Aug 2019

(9)
Every dish in the Dynasty banquet was delicious and paired well with matching wines. One of the loveliest meals and dining experiences I've had in sometime. You'll definitely will eat your fill of beautifully cooked food, and have leftovers! Where we sat, the lighting was a bit low and dim for me, but intimate and romantic. The rest of the restaurant was lively which created a good balance, and the waitstaff were on point.

dined on Mon, 12 Aug 2019

(9)
Great food and wine, cozy and intimate, great for romance and special occasions.

dined on Wed, 31 Jul 2019

(9)
Great food in a super cosy atmosphere with excellent professional service. The spicy dishes (prawns, pork and chicken) are seriously hot so you genuinely need to like very spicy food if you order them, but there are other great dishes on the menu for those not so adventurous. It is one of our favourites and we will be back again soon.
Jennifer Stockbridge

dined on Sun, 14 Jul 2019

(9)
Delicious food - we often return for special occasions, love the spicy numbing pork. A little dark, but nice ambience for a couple.

dined on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

(8)
the food was delicious and came out in a timely manner creating a pleasant dining experience

dined on Wed, 10 Jul 2019

(10)
What an incredible experience from the food, the venue, the service and the atmosphere.. I would go there more often if it was a little cheaper, however happy to spend money on great quality food.

dined on Sat, 6 Jul 2019

(10)
Really love and enjoy the taste of each dish and the range of favours and spices presented in each dish
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About Spice Temple

Spice Up My Life Down in the basement of Sydney’s City Mutual Building, you’ll find yourself in a very exclusive little hideout. It’s the Spice Temple, a Chinese restaurant like no other. The low moody lighting instantly put you in the mood for... romance, and the chic decor gives the place so much elegance. Run by pioneering chef, Neil Perry, the Spice Temple serves food inspired by regional Chinese dishes, steering clear of your run-of-the-mill Cantonese. Flavours are taken from the provinces and blended into unique and modern dishes, signatures of this world-class chef. Culinary elements include pickled and fermented ingredients and the aromatic dried spices of China. Wines have been selected to match each and every meal, and cocktails from the bar are as carefully created as the cuisine. The service, needless to say, is excellent at this sophisticated restaurant, and the vibe is geared towards opulence and luxury. Even the music is carefully chosen, done by the man who made soundtracks for Moulin Rouge and Romeo & Juliet. Romantic, no? So why not take that special someone somewhere ... special? This restaurant is receiving rave reviews for its sexiness. Best Dish: mango pudding with Chantilly cream and the 3 flavours eggplant

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