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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all good things in august

My friend Neen does monthly summaries of her adventures & fun times so I thought I’d take a page from her book and do the same.

August has been a little hectic but my month has been sprinkled with happy highlights such as:

  • Jay & I had a wonderful date night last weekend to see the Sydney Symphony perform pieces from Debussy and Brahms. It was a magical evening; we started with a drink under the clear winter evening sky at the Opera Bar and then moved on to the Opera House main concert hall for the Symphony’s performance. I was looking forward to Debussy’s ‘Gigues’ & ‘Rondes de printemps’ but I actually enjoyed Brahms ‘Symphony No.2’ so much more! 
    view from the Opera Bar
    view of the stage from the nose bleed section
  • Neen & I attended the most awesome lunch (organised by my bestie) with guest speaker Michelle Bridges, who I met in person! You can read about that awesome adventure [here]. 
  • Catching up with a slew of friends; Jared & Pete for dinner & too many drinks, coffee & market food with Mands, weekend brekkie & a pizza party with Ian & Janine, Nath & his mildly preggers wife Mandy for a lazy Sunday brekkie, Mum & Col for stopover family dinner on their way from Melbourne to Newcastle 
  • Running into some famous people out & about….Tony Abbott, Luke Mangan, Mike Whitney and Corrine Grant.
  • I started seeing a therapist for some help managing my work stress levels & inability to sleep. Not something you usually talk about in public, but it’s a positive thing!
  • I made a few fabulous purchases including; some new jewellry (nothing fancy, just costume stuff), a floral jacket, a new clutch & a “Nanna-trolley” to wheel around my shopping when I’m walking around the village! 

    August purchases
  • Gracie stayed over for 3 nights! She was down for a work conference in the city. I rudely introduced her to 5.30am morning workouts but we also had dinner out, a trip to the markets, a spot of shopping and some much needed girly talk. 

    Gracie
  • I started on a 12 week intense fitness & nutrition program to get in shape for summer!
  • I entered Jay & I into the Blackmore’s Sydney Bridge Run which is in 2 weeks! 9kms here we come!
  • Harley made a new friend; his doppleganger Ralf. And I befriended Ralf’s mum Carolyn! 
    Ralf (L) & Harley (R)

    What were your August highlights???

    the first of September from my balcony…Spring has sprung!

perfect sunday

I had the most joyful Sunday!

We started the morning with a long walk around Glebe harbour with Harley. We took the frisbee along for some training with him. He went for a swim. We did not (it’s still winter!).

Blackwattle Bay and the view to the city
doggie heaven and their parents walking them
more city views

Followed by Japanese for lunch at Tömödachi.
My favourite; gyoza to share and a bento box.

Gyoza
Beef bulgogi bento box

We read the paper, did some house work and then had a long afternoon nap all curled up in the afternoon winter sun.

In the evening we headed out to the city to see Gotye in concert at as part of the weekend long Graphic Festival.  

We grabbed some dinner at Opera Bar 

Jay & Melly - data night!
walking along the Circular Quay promenade
our dinner table - view of the Bridge
kumura chips, oysters & olives

There is time for a drink before the show on the Opera House deck

view to the City from the Opera House
view of the "coat hanger"

We have really great tickets – box to the side of the stage. 

the audience
The animation screen

The performance is so great. Gotye has a fantastic band and they play a huge array of instruments (electric/acoustic/bass guitars, saxaphone, clarinet, acoustic and electric drums, bongos, Video-Jockey, percussion) and Gotye himself plays the xylophone, keyboard, a weird electric version of the zylophone that turns into a keyboard, drums and some African-type instruments(I don’t know what they are)!
He is so casual and enigmatic and really engaging. I’m really glad he was just a cool 31 year old Aussie male! He has the most amazing voice with huge range. Eyes wide Open was brilliant as was State of the Art and Bronte but the most amazing was my favourite song Somebody That I Used to Know and the fact that Kimbra came out on stage for it!
The animation was really beautiful and perfectly reflected the songs.

It was a wonderful night and a perfect Sunday!