Fine dining in Sydney | Bennelong Restaurant

Bennelong restaurant interior inside the Sydney Opera House
Bennelong restaurant interior inside the Sydney Opera House

Showcasing the most beautiful view of the Sydney city skyline across Circular Quay, Bennelong is an impressive restaurant.

A visit to the Opera House always feels special, whether you are attending the ballet, symphony, music / comedy / drama performance, or simply going for a photo wander, the Opera House has the most grandeur feeling about it. It’s beautiful, artistic and a quintessential Australian landmark.

Bennelong is the perfect establishment to showcase fine dining in such a fine location.

From the moment you enter the glass door with that oyster shaped logo, you know your in for a special dining experience.

Bennelong entrance
Bennelong entrance

The Maître d’ is friendly and efficient. Our coats are taken and we are seated smoothly and quickly. We have the most amazing seats; right on the peninsula of the glass sail, looking back over the city skyline and Circular Quay.

Everything about Bennelong is smooth, calm, efficient, friendly but unobtrusive. Our waiters are knowledgeable regarding the wine list and menu, without having to ‘get someone else’ or ‘check with the kitchen’; a small touch that I love about fine dining that adds to the customer experience.

View from our dining table
View from our dining table

Surprisingly there are a good choice of wines for under $100 a bottle. We started an aperitif of a glass of Charles Heidsieck, then moved on to a bottle of French Bernard Fouquet from the ‘Future Champions’ list, which is a chenin blanc (similar to pinot gris?) with ripe melon and floral notes; light and perfect with our seafood meal choices.

My handsome husband
My handsome husband

The menu is succinct and all looks so tasty that its a tough choice! The food is light, Modern Australian; not pretentious, just beautiful plates with quality ingredients and imaginative pairings that work so well.

Dinner
Dinner

Everything we ate was deliciously amazing; Prawn raviolo & Tasmanian squid for entrees, Wild caught fish & Suckling pig for mains, and Crème caramel & mille-feuille and cheese plate for dessert. My only regret is the cheese, as it was a bit dry from lack of accompaniments (could do with quince or pear paste or a bunch of grapes).

Prawn raviolo organic radishes, fermented chili & prawn jus
Prawn raviolo
organic radishes, fermented chili & prawn jus
Today’s wild caught fish roasted palm heart, parnsip, bone broth
Today’s wild caught fish
roasted palm heart, parnsip, bone broth

It was my husband’s birthday and before they served dessert, they served a birthday cupcake with a single candle; soft, buttery vanilla cake with butter icing. Such a lovely touch.

Birthday Boy!
Birthday Boy!

Seriously, this restaurant is wonderful and you really can’t go past it for an amazing dining experience, especially if you’re dining for a special occasion.

table candle and card
table candle and card
The Williams post-dinner
The Williams post-dinner

Bennelong | Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW Australia

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week in instagram

I had the most shocking work week last week. Working on a project for the Government meant I was hijacked into their End of Financial Year hurricane; resulting in zero time to blog but I still managed to have a little fun with a fairly full social calendar!

Here’s what I got up to, courtesy of my Instagram feed…

a little bit of rain couldn't keep Harley & I indoors for our early morning workout
sunrise over the harbour
this week's beautiful blooms
this week’s beautiful blooms
Tuesday night dinner club; Kazbah in Darling Harbour
Tuesday night dinner club; Kazbah in Darling Harbour
rainy cityscape
rainy cityscape
Thursday night Idina Mendel concert at the Opera House
Thursday night Idina Mendel concert at the Opera House
my girlfriends Grace (top left) & Tam (top right) with me at the Idina concert!
my girlfriends Grace (top left) & Tam (top right) with me at the Idina concert!
inside the Opera House...awaiting the talent
inside the Opera House…awaiting the talent
Saturday outfit; Louis Vuitton & Witchery
Saturday outfit; Louis Vuitton & Witchery
paaaartaaaay with my peeps!!! from Left: Jay, Pete, Jared, Geoff & Michelle
paaaartaaaay with my peeps!!! from Left: Jay, Pete, Jared, Geoff & Michelle
mucking around with Mands
mucking around with Mands
Sunday chill out sesh with my tea
Sunday chill out sesh with my tea

what’s everyone been up to?

xx