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“Astounding - What a Surprise!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Red Spice Road

Red Spice Road
27 McKillop Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+61396031601
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Ranked #38 of 3,967 restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $20 - $33
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
Melbourne, Australia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Astounding - What a Surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We booked this place on a whim for dinner after work, and what a revelation it turned out to be.

The three of us shared three main dishes between us, with an additional entree - and that really turned out to be too much food. The servings themselves are quite generous.

We had the much reviewed (and praised) pork belly, which was totally delicious - this is a *must* have for anyone wanting to enjoy the best this restaurant has to offer. We also had the minced wagu, which was nice enough, but not nearly a rich as the pork belly in its flavour. The final main was a chicken salad, which had a lovely flavour to it.

The service was also pretty good, and while not as excellent as the food, the staff were attentive and quick to notice that we needed our water glasses refilled or wanted to order something. The food showed up very quickly, so we were able to enjoy our food before the restaurant filled.

The atmosphere is best enjoyed when the establishment isn't full - there are a lot of hard surfaces and as a result, it gets very noisy. We started eating just after 7pm and conversation became impossible by about 8pm it filled up with other clients. It is worth bearing that in mind when selecting a time or deciding whether the restaurant is suitable for your function.

But, what a fantastic meal - we'll definitely go back and introduce friends to the delights that we discovered. I'm quite happy to recommend this to anyone wanting to enjoy fusion style food at its best!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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“Wow! Great tasting menu!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

We were visiting friends in Melbourne and they had booked this restaurant. I had no idea what to expect but was so pleasantly surprised with the food. We had opted for the larger food tasting option thinking we'd easily plough our way through it...we were wrong!! The dishes just kept on coming out, each one as tasty as the previous one! The atmosphere around the restaurant was good too. It's definitely worth a visit!!

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Adelaide, Australia
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“Quite delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

Had a lovely dinner with work friends. Service was good, and the food arrived quickly. Really enjoyed the beef check curry, and the lovely bottle of Pinot noir.

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Melbourne
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“It's a bit in the middle of a spice road”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013 via mobile

Hi. I was given a cookbook and a gift card for this restaurant. We have cooked several dishes from the cook book and was excited about eating at the restaurant. Ambience was good and had a cocktail at the bar. All good. Initial service at the table was good but lacked a little attention during the meal with the wine service. The food was in the middle. The som tam was not spicy at all, the Cambodian chicken curry lacked depth of flavour and the tumeric lamb lacked the spice, however it came with a slaw and chilli, that saved the dish. We asked for a nuoc Cham to help spice up the dishes. I think they are catering for customers who want a taste of Asia without the spice or flavours. If that's your thing, you will love it.

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“ribs mmmm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

my hubby and I go often, the ribs and pork belly are the best! service is good. worth booking. weekday lunch

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