Red Spice Road
To celebrate KT’s engagement we went to Red Spice Road QV for dinner with the girls.
Address: QV, 31-37 Artemis Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Monday - Sunday: 12.00am - 3.00pm
Monday - Friday: 5.00pm - late
Saturday - Sunday: 6.00pm - late
What we ordered:
- Fried Chicken Ribs with Spicy Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce
- Pork Belly with Apple Slaw, Chilli Caramel and Black Vinegar
- Crispy Duck with Mandarins, Snow Peas, Green Onion and Cinnamon Broth
- Twice cooked Lamb Ribs with Mint, Lychee and Avocado Salad
- Crispy fried Tofu with Tomato, Lemongrass, Black Pepper, Green Onion and Coriander
- Passionfruit Brulee with Puffed Wild Rice and Coconut Ice-Cream
- Lychee Filled Jam Doughnuts with Cinnamon Ice-Cream
- RED SPICE MOJITO; A Red Spice Road Classic! Appleton Estate VX and Bacardi 8 Gold Rums together with our secret Red Spice Syrup, Fresh Lime and Mint. Churned in a jug to share with a Ginger Beer crown.
- RED SANGRIA; Appleton Estate VX Rum, with Apple, Oranges and Cherries. Stirred together with Herbs & Spiced Red Wine.
I had a rather ‘fail’ moment when I had trouble getting into Red Spice Road QV. It’s actually rather simple; all I had to do was push the door, but I didn’t anticipate how heavy it was. Then I got confused. I know the sticker on the door says to push, but it didn’t seem to be working so I tried to pull. Lucky enough a staff member saw my struggles and mimed to me that I was meant to push. So I tried again and successfully entered the premises.
The restaurant at Red Spice Road QV was pretty large with a generous amount of seating and really spacious seats and tables. A lot of the decor is reminiscent of the old "Duck Duck Goose" restaurant, which Red Spice Road replaced. As the restaurant filled up, the place became surprisingly noisy. The high ceilings and the wooden interior seemed to enhance laughter and loud chatter. The original ambiance when I was first seated down was pretty much shattered by the noise. Probably not the best place to take a date, but it didn’t bother us since it was just a night out with the girls.
We had ordered two jugtails to share; the Red Spice Mojito and the Red Sangria. Overall, we preferred the light and refreshing taste of the Red Spice Mojito over the Red Sangria. The Red Sangria was unfortunately a bit too strong in the red wine department for our liking.
Our appetiser of fried chicken ribs really impressed me. This was probably the best piece of fried chicken I’ve had all year; every bite was super crunchy and the chicken was tender and juicy. The sweet and sour dipping sauce was also really nice, but it was possible to enjoy the chicken ribs without the sauce. Really yummy.
For the shared mains, we tried to order a variety of dishes by ordering a variety of meat and a bit of tofu! A few of the girls had been to Red Spice Road before and the pork belly was a favourite that warranted revisiting - and I could see why! The pork belly was tender and slightly crisp at the top - a perfect balance between leanness and fat.
Our other meaty mains were just as impressive. The meat was falling off the bone for both the crispy duck and the twice cooked lamb ribs. Coincidentally, both of these dishes were also paired off with fruit; mandarins to compliment the duck and lychee for the lamb, which made both dishes deliciously salty, sweet and effortless to eat.
I’m a huge fan of tofu, so I absolutely loved the crispy fried tofu. Slightly crispy on the outside and super silky on the inside - just the way I like it!
The shared mains at Red Spice Road were generous in size. One shared main would be of ample size to feed two people or more. If you’re planning on ordering al le carte, visiting Red Spice Road with anything less than a group of four would probably mean missing out on a bit of variety.
The passionfruit brulee seemed overly-sweet at first but was perfect once paired with the coconut ice-cream. The puffed wild rice brought a delightful crunch to the soft and silky textures of the brulee. This one was definitely a dessert I would come back for. It hit all the right notes, a perfect balance between sweet and sour.
Perhaps I had set the bar too high for the lychee filled jam doughnuts. In my mind, I was picturing Olympic Donuts” from Footscray with lychee jam filling. Simply put, it was a doughnut infused with a bit of lychee flavour. I didn’t find bits of Lychee in my doughnut either, which was disappointing. The lychee flavour was subtle, but it was definitely there. If anything, I would say the cinnamon ice-cream really stole the show. It was yummy and reminded me of Jock’s ice-cream’s baked apple (except without the apple).
I had a great night out with the girls at Red Spice Road at QV; it was the perfect environment for enjoying delicioius south east Asian cuisine with a group of friends.
Looking forward to taking my family to Red Spice Road QV for the next revisit.