Jade Temple, a new Cantonese restaurant from Neil Perry and Rockpool Dining Group will open in Sydney CBD as of Monday 3rd July. Operating as a sister to the chef’s famous Spice Temple, the restaurant will take over the building that once housed Rockpool Est. 1989 and, briefly, Eleven Bridge, at 11 Bridge Street.
Promising classic Cantonese flavours from one of the country’s most celebrated chefs, this is a big arrival for the city’s dining scene. From a lunch menu that touts a range of dumplings, steamed buns and wontons to a 300-strong wine list and Chinese tiki-inspired cocktails, this one should be an instant hit for the group.
Dinner will turn to a more refined dining experience, with signatures including roast meats such as char siu and whole roast duck, as well as fresh wok-tossed seafood straight from the tank, served with various Cantonese sauces.
“Cantonese food is very produce driven and at Jade Temple we will present some wonderful classic dishes, some that may even seem cliche such as sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, and honey prawns, but are classic for a reason”, said Perry. “When cooked well, with beautiful produce, they sing”.
Long-time collaborator Grant Cheyne has helped Jade Temple take shape, moving away from the simple elegance of Perry’s former 11 Bridge St restaurants and towards eclecticism, inspired by both the heritage Burns Philip & Co building and Asia’s colonial past. This should mean a busy interior which is said to include cast iron Chinese guardian lions perched over the entrance, a western interpretation of traditional Chinese motifs and artworks, and light fittings which have been imported from China with custom-designed chandeliers and handmade bamboo shades.
Address: 11 Bridge Street, Sydney
Contact: 02 9252 1888
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun 12pm-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Images supplied and credited to Jason Loucas.