The newest member of Neil Perry’s ever-growing Rockpool Family has finally opened its doors.
Thanks to a prestigious Bridge Street address and a menu bursting at the seams with some of Australia’s best quality produce, Jade Temple offers the most classic Cantonese dining experience in Sydney since its big sister Spice Temple first opened its doors many moons ago.
Housed in the heritage Burns Phil & Co. building on Bridge Street, Jade Temple takes its design inspiration from not only its iconic Sydney surroundings but also Asia’s colonial past. Designer Grant Cheyne has cleverly combined traditional Chinese décor and modern Australian influences to produce a space with an individual flare that still holds true to the classic refined dining rooms synonymous with the Rockpool Group. Cast-iron Chinese guardian lions man the entrance, as western interpretations of traditional Chinese motifs and artworks, handmade bamboo shades, duck drying cabinets and seafood tanks line the walls of the dining room, creating an air of oriental sophistication.
However, beyond the stylish décor, the true hero of Jade Temple is its classic, polished Cantonese menu, featuring traditional Chinese dishes such as whole roast duck, char siu, fresh seafood from the tank, wok-tossed and served with a variety of Cantonese sauces, as well as a classic lemon chicken. Designed to share, the menu champions its fine produce, looking Australia wide for its high-quality meats and seafood – pipis from South Australia, Eastern rock lobster and mud crabs all the way from the Northern Territory.
“Cantonese food is very produce driven,” Neil affirms, “and at Jade Temple we will present some wonderful classic dishes, some that may even seem a cliché such as sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, and honey prawns, but are classic for a reason,” he continues. “When cooked well, with beautiful produce, they sing.”
The Jade Temple experience is topped off by a 300-strong wine list with drops hailing from both old and new world vineyards, as well as a range of creative cocktails named after mythical characters from Chinese folklore. Keeping Cantonese flavours at their core, these concoctions feature in-house, tailor-made ingredients, syrups and infusion that put a cheeky little Chinese tiki spin on the polished drinks list.
With a food director and set of sister restaurants dripping with fame and accolades, Jade Temple is sure to be a Sydney experience in itself very soon. Offering a food menu that sees no substitute for quality flavours or ingredients and a drinks list that covers the globe, an evening at Jade Temple is always a special occasion whether it be for a quick pre-dinner drink and nibble or a day long feast.