Bennelong is Sydney’s Premier dining experience, in every way. Dining inside the iconic and internationally recognised Sydney Opera House with a stunning views of another Sydney icon – the Harbour Bridge. A site of historical significance, for Australia’s first people, the Indigenous Australians, more specifically the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, occupied this site. Bennelong, an Aboriginal man to befriend the British, lived in a house on the point that this restaurant stands today.
With a menu by famous chef Peter Gilmore, 5 star food and service, it is a restaurant you must go to at least once in your life. Whether you are a tourist to Australia or simply dining for a special celebration, it is the perfect venue. It is upscale dining, and with that an expensive price tag, but highly worth the cost.
Service is impeccable which is evident as soon as you enter the restaurant, the maìtre d is very welcoming and charismatic. With well trained staff on hand to answer any question, they were very attentive, whilst unobtrusive and add to the overall dining experience.
You don’t normally hear much about the cocktails here, with so much focus on the food, but they can’t be missed, with an excellent combination of flavours and theatrics that add a touch of fun. The wine list is extremely plentiful, order by the glass or bottle. If you need some help, the sommelier will be happy to provide advice for a drink that will perfectly matched your food.
The menu is three courses for $130, you can select a combination to tantalise your palate. We were in a large group so had the opportunity to try many of the selections. It doesn’t matter what you pick, the options demonstrate great technique and developed flavours and you will be sure to have a delicious dish.
In terms of entrees, the salad of young beetroot was a pop of colour on the plate, with horseradish, cultured cream, leek roasted fermented rye and rhurbarb pickle, you’d covert meat lovers to vegetarian in a second.
The main dishes of a full roasted Dory on the bone with roasted turnips and native coastal greens, this was a garden on a plate. Meat lovers, don’t fret, the slow cooked beef cheek or suckling pig will satisfy your fancy.
They also have the dessert from across the water – the eight texture chocolate cake, made famous by its appearance on masterchef which is presented as a spectacle with hot chocolate poured on your dessert, giving way to the centre like a sink hole. Consuming all that chocolate, you’ll certainly go home happy. Cherry lamington a and mille feuille, make sure you try them all.