Gladly there’s no dragon to slay at the bottom of those stairs, just a lightbox bar with bentwood chairs and a few slowly turning ceiling fans. Are they decorative or functional? My guess from Neil Perry’s $35 million dollar investment is that they are purpose built, as is every nook from the joss sticks with their lightly fragranced scent to the upbeat sound of the bamboo flute.
And then something takes me by surprise. As we’ve been toying over the horoscope themed cocktail menu, the time since our booking was made has since elapsed. By 5 minutes, 10? It couldn’t be much more than that but as a consequence of this conceived lapse in service, the maître d’ informs us both our desserts for this evening will be complimentary.
In the red room the fun continues. The steamed eggplant with three flavours is served with equal portions of eggplant, pork and coriander holding it’s own before being folded at the table. Theatrics ensue with the three shot chicken as this dish is served over a burner to which lager, soy, chilli are added. The aromatics of the dish with its liquid and steam envelop the table.
Spice Temple Sydney
10 Bligh Street, Sydney 2000
T: (02) 9078 1888
Written by A L F I E A N D E L L E for Daily Gloss