Deep in the heart of Sydney’s Chinatown is a Chinese spicy Sichuan hot pot restaurant with wagyu beef wrapped Barbies, hello Kitty and dog shaped mala cubes, and robot waiters.
If you drive your own car, there are several public parking structures within walking distance to the restaurant.
When you enter the restaurant, the waiting area is filled with iconic leisure machines. A claw machine, Street Fighter clone, massage chairs, and a “deodorizer” machine that sprays scented mist, all contributed to the festive atmosphere of Spice World.
There are a variety of dishes to order. So, as first time visitors, we asked for help. Our server did a great job assisting us with menu choices that were fun, had a unique presentation, and were delicious. We hid the menu from our boys to surprise them with a one-of-a-kind dinner.
One of the first responses we get after showing this picture of the marbled meat dressed barbie is a comment about sanitation. I guarantee that these Barbies are only used for serving meat and are well cleaned. They also are dressed underneath with a special embossed plastic outfit; Unique experience ✔.
Spice World soaks their cute animal shapes in Sichuan peppercorn and various spices to be the base of their spicy, numbing Chinese mala sauce.
Another special item we secretly ordered was the dog shaped bullion cube to flavor our broth. The boys were so relieved once they brought this little puppy to our table. All they heard us ordering was “dog”; Unique experience ✔✔.
The servers continued to bring out artistically presented foods we ordered. The earthy woodwork style added character to the experience.
After ordering, we were able to get food from the salad bar where we found a variety of delicious salads, fruits, and roasted nuts. This is included with the dinners and was a compliment to the hotpot meals.
On the other side of the salad bar is the sauce bar where you can choose a recommended recipe or create your own. This was another delightful addition to our meal.
We ordered three types of broth: spicy mala, fresh tomato, and a plain wild mushroom. All were flavorful, but even at the lowest level of spice, it was extremely spicy. We also ordered a variety of meats and vegetables, mashed shrimp, deep fried pork belly, udon noodles, and swan cakes. It was all perfect!
At the end of our time at Spice World, we left very happy and full of delicious foods and fun memories. It was one the best Sydney experiences from that trip.
- Book a reservation to guarantee a table. Let them know if you are celebrating a special event.
- Locate a parking garage in advance on a maps app so you know where to go. The downtown streets are hard to navigate if not familiar with them.
- Take advantage of playing with the different machines available in the lobby.
- Ask the server for help with ordering right away. Be clear what kind of experience you are wanting.
- Don’t pass up the fun and take a lot of pictures.