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Bennelong – Sydney Opera House

 

Bennelong has a  3-course al carte menu with sides of potatoes and salad for $130 or  $100 for 2 courses (lunch only). Considering the surrounds and the quality of the food, it is quite reasonable.

The space that the restaurant occupies is amazing ,with views of the city and harbour. The high ceilings that form the shape of the sail make it feel very grand and the restaurant seems much larger than it is.  As far as restaurant locations go, it doesn’t get any better than this.

In spite of the great views and service, I wasn’t blown away by the meal I had. Every dish was good but not amazing and the presentation at times needed some wow factor. The desserts , however were spectacular, Peter Gilmore’s eight textured chocolate cake (called chocolate cake from across the water on the menu) is something everyone should try at least once. The waiter adds the 8th texture by spooning hot chocolate sauce on top melting its way through the cake. Probably the best chocolate cake you will ever have. The crème caramel vs mille-feuille even after the high bar set by the chocolate cake is an  impressive dessert too.

All that said I would still come back as I would like to try a few other dishes from the menu and the location makes it a perfect place to bring out of town visitors to.

 

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Bread with house made butter

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Prawn raviolo organic radishes, fermented chili & prawn jus

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Fraser Island spanner crab white corn polenta, palm heart, fresh corn juice, crème fraîche

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Macleay Valley suckling pig confit organic carrots, pickled onions, black & white garlic

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Roasted Holmbrae duck sesame miso, snow peas, pickled daikon, seaweed, black vinegar, mirin, soy

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Salad

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Potatoes 

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Chocolate cake from across the water 

 

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Crème caramel vs mille-feuille

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Coffee with petit fors $7

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Sydney Opera House

www.bennelong.com.au

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Italian, Japanese

Lumi Dining – Pyrmont

 

Japanese and Italian are two of my favorite types of food , the idea of a fusion of the two sounded interesting but I was not sure how they would go together. However after trying it out at Lumi Dining I am defiantly a fan and at $95 for the 8 course menu with matching wines $80 its really good value for food at this level.

The service was laid back but still professional and the waiters had a good knowledge of the food. A couple of the courses were served up by one of the chefs which I thought was cool.  All the food was excellent with interesting flavors and textures along with some beautiful presentation.

Lumi defiantly deserves the two hats they were recently awarded at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide awards. I dont often return to a restaurant shortly after going there once however I see another meal here for me in the near future.

 

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Chawanmushi – I dont like Chawanmushi  I find the combination of the egg custard with a fishy/soy taste not to my liking. This however is an  Italian  take on Chawanmushi with the fishyness replaced with Parmesan cheese making it top dish for me and a perfect way to start off a meal like this.

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Beetroot , black seaseme , cream – this one missed the mark for me, salty beetroot topped with a sauce and cream.

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Spanner crab , kolhrabi , yukari

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Ravoli , guyere cheese , porcini butter – my favorite dish of the meal! This ravoli was amazing so much flavor and the mixture of textures makes it a perfect dish. I wish I could have a main sized portion of these.

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Brunt semolina spaghetti , quail , marjoram

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Lamb rib , red misso , leek, lime kosho

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Yuzu , mandrine , licorice,  wakame powder

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Ginger ice cream , white chocolate , passion fruit

 

LuMi Bar & Dining  – 56 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009

http://www.lumidining.com/

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Modern Australian

Rockpool est 1989 – Sydney

 

Rockpool is Neil Perrys Sydney dining institution dating back to as the name states since 1989. The last time I had been to Rockpool was when it was located in The Rocks so it was a few years ago now. The Bridge St location is in an old grand building with high ceilings , a small mezzanine level upstairs with the bar & kitchen underneath it and like Neil Perry’s other restaurants quite dark inside certainly not the ideal lighting for photography.

I had this meal during Vivid where there was a special menu and eight course degustation for $90 where as the regular price is $175 for ten courses. So this was a few dishes short of a regular meal at Rockpool.

 

 

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Chirashi zushi of snapper, kingfish, bonito and squid

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Queensland Mud Crab with silken tofu & fermented vinegar

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Prawn mousse ball on squid ink – If I had to pick a best dish this would be it , the flavors and textures go together so well. The crisp covering on the outside of the ball with the smooth & soft center.

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Honey and spelt bread served with licorice & kombu butter and fresh ricotta with kale – this house baked sour dough was one of the best I have had in a long time & licorice & kombu butter made it hard to stop eating. I had to resist getting another one as I knew there was still more food to come.

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South Australian lamb with buckwheat risotto

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Riccota parfait with strawberries , almond and spliced lemon sorbet

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Vacherin of pandan custard with coconut  parfait , sorbet and lime granita

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Date tart – this has been on the menu since  since 1984

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Sydney Harbour Bridge & Park Hyatt with the lights of Vivd

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Customs House

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Outside the Museum of Contemporary Art looking towards the city

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Sydney Opera House

Rockpool
11 Bridge Street, CBD, Sydney

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