Red Spice Road in Melbourne – Australia

Red Spice Road Melbourne by The High Heel Gourmet

I’ve been waiting to share my favorite restaurant in Melbourne with you. Yes, yes, yes, Australia, and the restaurants in Nice and New York City and many other places too. I either have to blog every day for a month or you have to stop requesting recipes for a while. Australia was the latest trip so I still remember what I had, so let’s start from there.

Aussies are so lucky, they have all this great produce that was picked at the just right time, and nice meats there as well. I ate fruits from the supermarket (one great thing about Australian supermarkets, they tell you where the produce came from) and LOVED them.

There wasn’t only a lot of tropical fruit but also a lot of Asian ingredients. I don’t know the percentage of Asian population there, but it seems to be easier to find ingredients to make Asian food from scratch and also a lot of pre-mixed offered. Plus there are Asian restaurants are on every corner.

Red Spice Road is one of the “Asian Fusion” restaurants. On their website, they claim to be a “SouthEast Asian-style dining” place, but don’t believe the advertising. On the menu you can find not only Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Vietnamese and maybe even Laotian, Burmese and Cambodian (I have to admit that I’m not so familiar with their cuisines as much as the first four), but also Chinese, Indian, and there might be more.

However, each dish has been “creatively modified”. Even though the traditional dishes are recognizable, the mysterious aura of creativity peaked my interest and I wanted to try ALL of them. Unfortunately, I can only carry one stomach while I travel, you know, so that was my only disappointment with the restaurant.

WHERE: Red Spice Road

27 McKillop St., Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone no. (03).9603.1601

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There is another location at QV Melbourne, 31-37 Artemis Lane QV, Melbourne, VIC 3000. This one is right in the QV Building. I almost got to eat there but the day I decided to go, they closed for their employee holiday party. Sad story, very, very sad indeed.

Phone no. (03).8660.6300

WHO: John McLeay


McKillop St. Open Monday – Saturday

Lunch 12 − 3pm, Dinner 5pm – late (but not too late) Saturday 6pm – late

QV Building Open every day

Lunch 12 − 3pm

Dinner 5pm – late (but not too late) Saturday, Sunday 6pm – late

Check their website for exact hours

HOW: Walk in or make reservation either call or book on their website


The menu here seems to change quite often so don’t be married to these samples I offer. Explore and experiment but check with the waitstaffs regarding how spicy it would be. I recommend twice-cooked lamb ribs…eat them for me….(sobbing)…until I get back there again.

Watermelon with Sticky Duck and Cashew Relish

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This is the can’t-miss dish that makes us want to go back there again. Twice-cooked lamb ribs. My guess that it’s the “Chilli Salt Lamb Ribs with Pineapple Tamarind Dipping Sauce”.

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Fried fishes with snake beans and basil that was too spicy for me.

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The vegetable salad in curry that was so much milder and taste like Indian food…yummy

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Black sticky rice and mango but I’m so use to the real Thai style sticky rice and mango so this dish is just good.

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25 thoughts on “Red Spice Road in Melbourne – Australia

  1. Thanks for liking my blog. But I totally agree with you. I’m so spoilt here with the amazing food here at home. No wonder I missed it so much when I was working overseas. And Red Spice Road is one of my favourite hangouts too!

      • Haha! Tough question! I’ll try to go back there before I leave Melbourne for a teaching job overseas. But it’s not easy, when there’re too many choices!

      • I know, so far I like all the restaurants I tried in Sydney. The Malaysian place at QVB (isn’t it the name the one that has another Red Spice Road and the fake lawn in the middle), the tapas across the street from the beautiful square by the river, and many others. I posted most pictures on my Instagram and forgot the name…oops!

  2. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and thanks for this link – it’s great! We have a huge South East Asian population here in Melbourne hence all the market stalls, restaurants and availability of wonderful ingredients – I absolutely love the food culture here – Sydney is the glamourous older sister but Melbourne is the Art and Food Capital…and I love it. I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit 🙂

  3. Melbourne’s probably my favourite Australian city; love the food culture they have there and the variety. Glad you enjoyed your time there too. Next time you’re down that way you should try to make the hop, skip and jump to NZ.

  4. YUM! You are right, we Aussies are very lucky to have such accessible and gorgeous fresh food and lovely Asian restaurants. Next time I am in Melbourne I will be sure to check this out.

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