>> August 19, 2013
Bennelong is one of those places which I didn't really know about until I saw it on Masterchef. Thank you Masterchef for increasing the number of places on my 'to eat' list! It is a two hat restaurant located in the Opera House with amazing views of Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge.
The restaurant immediately came to my mind when I was looking for a 'fancy' dinner and I was happy to see that there reasonably priced pre-theatre option with $72 for 2 courses or $89 for 3 courses.
We made a reservation for 5.30pm on Saturday night and ended up running half an hour late. Oops! We had underestimated the traffic coming into the city but luckily our table was still ready for us and we managed to eat and leave by the pre-theatre departure time of 7.30pm.
Paris Mash ($14)
The Paris Mash was of an extremely generous serving size! We couldn't finish the bowl between the two of us. It was smooth, creamy and I could taste a lot of butter.
Both desserts were yummy. I had the vanilla bean creme brulee which had visible flecks of vanilla bean dotted throughout the dessert. The passionfruit sorbet was tangy and acidic so I kind of let it melt unobtrusively while focusing on the creme brulee.
I was very impressed with the dinner overall and general ambience of Bennelong. Even though we arrived late, we still managed to fit in three courses and it didn't feel rushed at all!
I also wanted to mention that if you sit along the side of the restaurant facing Circular Quay station, there are gaggles of tourists peering into the window at you having your dinner. A bit disconcerting but I didn't mind since I faced away from that window and towards the Harbour Bridge. After dinner, I couldn't resist getting into the spirit and having a tourist photo in front of the bridge!