Neil Perry is about to open a new Chinese restaurant in Sydney

Dim sum at Jade Temple. Photo: Jason Loucas

Chef Neil Perry’s latest project, a Cantonese restaurant called Jade Temple, is opening in Sydney next Monday, July 3.

Billed as “the new sister” of his regional Chinese concept, Spice Temple, it takes over the former Rockpool site at 11 Bridge Street in the CBD.

After selling his business to Urban Purveyor Group 12, which subsequently rebranded as Rockpool Dining Group, 12 months ago, Perry sold the Bridge St restaurant to the group in March, bringing down the curtain on a 28-year partnership with his cousin Trish Richards.

Chef Neil Perry. Photo: Sergio Dionisio/Getty Images

Jade Temple is Perry’s first major project with the group, which has kept him busy in recent months as he reworked the menu at Sake, the Japanese restaurant with outlets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and rolled out more Burger Project sites.

Jade Temple will work a lot harder than the former Rockpool, opening for lunch and dinner daily, offering dim sum for for lunch, then Catonese classics such as lemon chicken, roast duck and live seafood for dinner. He’s also offering $79 and $99 banquet menus.

“Cantonese food is very produce driven 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,” Perry said.

The also appears to have taken some of his inspiration from his favourite late night Chinatown haunt, Golden Century, installing live seafood tanks as well as duck drying cabinets.

Like Spice Temple, it will offer cocktails based on Chinese culture and like Merivale’s Mr Wong, just around the corner, Jade Temple’s 300-bin wine list will have some serious chops, from French, Austrian and German whites, to Rhone Valley reds and plenty of Australian wines.

Bookings are now open online for Jade Temple.

Lobster at Jade Temple. Photo: Jason Loucas

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