On this day, we were at Neil Perry's Spice Temple. Not somewhere I would have normally come, considering it's Asian cuisine at $20-45 a dish and I grew up eating $8 pho, but I was curious to see what Neil Perry was about.
Spice Temple is hidden behind a heavy digital door of a blue veil that flutters when you open it! It's quite dark inside, a bit too dark for taking good photos but anyway...
We met our reps, shared a bit of business banter and launched into cocktails first. They're based on the Chinese zodiac, I think I ordered Snake but all I could remember was it being rather bitter and sour. My focus was primarily on the food.
Appetisers were pickled cucumbers with garlic and ginger, this was crunchy, sour and zippy. It definitely got me (ad maybe some other people too) very hungry and it was finished quite quickly along with the pickled cabbage and radish. This was really good, sweet and sour and crunchy again, but served with (I think) an XO sauce.
Next starter was eggplant marinated with pork, garlic and coriander.It tasted very much like something my grandmother makes, the flavours were familiar and by the end of the meal I could identify a lot of dishes and flavour combinations from South East Asia and Northern China.
Steamed eggplant with three flavours.
I don't remember what this was >_<
Kung Pao Chicken.
Now this was a standout dish. It's Sichuan cuisine, super juicy and tender beef drowning in hot oil and sichuan peppers thatr is similar to a dish I ate in this post. Honestly, that beef was the softest bit of meat and you do get a mild tingling in your mouth from the sichuan pepper, but it was so good on rice.
Beef Fillet in Fire Water.
There was dessert left, but as we were almost full to the brim we decided on a tasting platter with one of each dessert.
The rockmelon granita was the perfect refresher after the spicy fire water beef. It helped calm your burning tongue.
Don't remember the names of these 2, but the white one was a milk cake with 3 different types of milk products - very creamy and sweet. The other one in the background was a chocolatey tart.
In true Aussie style, it's not a meal unless you serve with wine and end with a coffee. A lovely meal with plenty of laughter and a great Friday afternoon :)
Spice Temple (around the corner from Rockpool Bar & Grill on Hunter St)
10 Bligh St
Sydney NSW 2000