If spicy food makes your toes tingle with delight, then one of the restaurants in Sydney you have to try is Spice Temple. From spicy Sichuan to fiery Hunan region, most dishes pack a chilli punch and many even require on-site murder – live mud crabs or clams are ordered by request from the tank (superb with an aromatic duck salad imbued with coriander or Yunnan-style shiitake, oyster, enoki and wild Chinese mushrooms) while leatherjacket is ‘drowned’ in a sauce of fire-breathing piquancy. Not a spice lover? Don’t panic – not everything has a spice kick and whatever dish is comes highlighted in red on the menu. You can always cool off with a refreshing Asian-inspired cocktail, based on the twelve Zodiac signs of the Chinese calendar – like the zesty Rooster, orange with Aperol, Limoncello and passionfruit. Some dishes, like the Sichuan-influenced eight treasure boned whole duck require 24-hour notice, so book ahead if you’re in feasting mode.