Tag Archives: prawns

Deliciously hot and fiery food at Spice Temple

I love spicy Chinese food and Spice Temple delivers on many different levels of it.  The restaurant decor is very modern has a certain sexiness to it, and the food is wonderfully exciting and made from great fresh ingredients.  Was here as for a reunion dinner with 2 of my favorite ex-workmates and it was a blast – spicy food and lots of wine!

We started with “fried salt and pepper silken tofu with chilli“.  The tofu was delicately fried on the outside and silky on the inside, and served with a fresh chilli sauce.

Fried salt and pepper silken tofu with chilli

The “fish fragrant eggplant” was absolutely delicious.  Eggplant that had been fried so it’s crispy and then coated with a powerful tangy spicy sauce.

Fish fragrant eggplant

The “king prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing” had chunks of prawn meat in the wonton and the was swimming in spicy sauce.  Loved it!

King Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing

The “stir fried sea scallops with handmade egg noodles and chilli paste” was a lovely dish that had sweet scallops thrown into wonderfully thick and tasty noodles.  No surprises here – the dish taste exactly as the description.

Stir fried sea scallops with handmade egg noodles and chilli paste

The “steamed snapper with salted chilli and black bean” was the dish that the waitress recommended to us and it was a good choice as the fish was fresh and tasted wonderful with the chilli and black bean.

Steamed Snapper with salted chilli and black bean

Given we were having such a great time and the food was superb, we decided to have dessert!  The “caramel chocolate and peanut parfait” was a rich and delicious.

Caramel chocolate and peanut parfait

And I love a good mango pudding so the “mango pudding with condensed milk chantillyhad to be ordered!  It was creamy and delicious.

Mango pudding with condensed milk chantilly

Upmarket Chinese food that delivers a punch – I think it’s a difficult feat to accomplish and Spice Temple does it wonderfully.  The food does not hold back on flavour and chilli.  Coupled with great atmosphere, location and service, it’s a winner for me.

For more info and reviews:
Spice Temple on Urbanspoon

Advertisements

San Sebastian…. Greatest Hits!

Was in San Sebastian, Spain in September and had the greatest culinary adventures whilst walking the streets of the old town (Parte Vieja).  Every corner unveiled another narrow street with more pintxos (tapas) bars to visit.   This is my homage to the best little street out there (Calle 31 De Agosto), with the three places that we had to go back for over and over again.     Warning: google maps may fail you.  Another warning:  these places keep ridiculous hours.

First up is the cool and modern Fuegro Negro.  It’s pintxos with a twist here.  Modernised version of small food.  Twas so good!  The top thing to try here is definitely the “Mackobe with Txips” – a miniburger served in a tomato bun along with banana chips.  Insanely good.

Other dishes of note: “Pickled Pork with Frozen Mole” and the “Foie Snack“.  The surprise element of the frozen mole melting in your mouth with a piece of porky goodness is a winner.  The foie snack is for those that love foie gras – big serve of foie gras which has been caramalised on top, with lots of bread.

Next up, Bar Martinez.  A more traditional kind of place with no seats, a huge bar with lots of pintxos up on display, and grumpy old men behind the counter.   There are two things that you must have here.  First are the chicken skewers.  It’s not up on show, so you have to ask for it.   Marinated tasty chicken on a stick grilled to golden perfection.

The croquettes here may have been the yummies in the whole of Spain.   There are a few different varieties – cheese, chorizo, jamon, salted cod – and they are all excellent.  There is a fair amount of variety here for other pintxos, so go nuts!


This place has the greatest seared steak ever: Gandarias.  Again, it’s not on the menu, and the dudes in the shop don’t speak English… but you’ll get there.  It’s so good.  We had it 3x in 2 days.  It’s topped with grilled capsicum and sea salt.  Yum!  The tapas here are a bit more uppity then Bar Martinez (as can be seen from the pics below).

So that’s it.  All in one street, with plenty of other places around the corner.  There’s a nice little beach around the corner, so between the food and sunshine, it’s fantastic in San Sebastian!

La Luna… wow!

Had dinner at La Luna last weekend and was so impressed, that I had to blog about it straight away!  I loved the location of the restaurant, in a lovely quiet corner of Carlton.  We had a nice little table by the window and at one point the chef Adrian Richardson even stopped by to check on the air conditioning!  The service was consistent and great throughout the evening.  The food was fantastic!

Started with two entrees between 3 of us.  First up we had one of the specials of the bistro: garlic prawns.   They were super tasty, super garlicky and so good that all the sauce was mopped up by extra bread.

The 2nd entree was from the normal menu:  bacon and onion croquettes, with a bacon jam mayo.  Gotta say, they were tasty.  And interesting – I’ve never had bacon and onion croquettes.   I liked it, anything with bacon is a winner.

For my main, I had the beef and bacon pie, covered with suet pastry and atop mushy peas and gravy.  Wow, this pie was amazing!  The pastry was beautiful – soft and crusty.  The meat filling inside was moist and tender.  The gravy – holy moly!  It had meaty depth.  I’m drooling just thinking about it.

My two friends had specials for their mains.   One had a lamb shank slow cooked garlic and white wine.  I tried a bit and the meat was beautifully cooked – delicate in flavour.   My other friend had the fish of the day, which was a pan fried hapuka fillet with a cauliflower salad.  The dish was tasty and the fish cooked to perfection.

For dessert, we shared a dessert platter for two.  It was more than enough for 3 girls!  From the top left to bottom right, we had a creme brûlée, lemon meringue, home made ice cream, chocolate fudge cake, chocolate mousse and berry gelati.   All of these items were perfectly delicious.

I absolutely loved dining here.  The food was amazingly good.  The service was very good.  The atmosphere of the restaurant was busy but comfortable and the location is lovely.  Can’t wait to go back for more!

For more info:

La Luna Bistro on Urbanspoon