CAFE OPERA
Sydney, NSW

Set in breathtaking 19th Century architecture, Cafe Opera undoubtedly forms the perfect venue for any occasion. Enjoy a truly unique, seasonally inspired, interactive buffet with live cooking stations and theatrical dessert displays or sample the delights of the restaurant's French-inspired a la carte menu. Cafe Opera's team of committed chefs are dedicated in the search for the freshest ingredients available in Sydney's local markets. It is a creative blend of world cuisine and local flavours not to be missed.
Opening Times
 MTWTFSS
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Address:
Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
117 Macquarie Street
Suburb:
Sydney CBD
Contact:
Tel: +61 2 9240 1396
Cuisine:
Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
License:
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
DETAILS
Set in breathtaking 19th Century architecture, Cafe Opera undoubtedly forms the perfect venue for any occasion. Enjoy a truly unique, seasonally inspired, interactive buffet with live cooking stations and theatrical dessert displays. Tamas Pamer, Executive Head Chef, comments, "We change the buffet daily to ensure we only use the freshest ingredients. Cafe Opera's team of committed chefs are dedicated in the search for the freshest ingredients available in Sydney's local markets. As well as an exquisite buffet, the restaurant also offers a creative French-inspired a la carte menu. Tamas Pamer and Executive Sous Chef, Julien Pouteau have drawn on their experiences working in Michelin Star restaurants across Europe to produce a unique and contemporary styled menu to tickle anyone's taste buds.
PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS
Walking through the entrance of the Intercontinental Hotel, one cannot ignore the history that this building is steeped in. Built around the restored Treasury Building of 1851, the hotel is a dynamic mix of tradition and modernity. Three tiers of sandstone arcades create a soaring atrium that, tonight, are beautifully illuminated, creating an atmospheric and moody surrounding. Slender women in ballgowns delicately rearrange their styled hair while sipping champagne (Veuve Clicquot, I'm sure) in the hotel lobby and I'm suddenly conscious of my somewhat un-ballgown-esque attire. But, fortunately, I'm quickly assured that they are attending an upstairs charity ball and that I am most adequately dressed. Phew.

As I wait for the lift to go to Cafe Opera, I'm mesmerized by the opulence of the hotel building and on entering Cafe Opera, I'm not disappointed. Antique mirrors, marble flooring and high ceilings are in keeping with the hotel's luxurious vibe. This, combined with customer service that in today's world I thought was purely reserved for royalty, conjures thoughts of an era when people took time to dine. When a meal wasn't simply a process of feeding a hungry tummy. But modern touches, such as the market-style chalkboard with handwritten buffet specials and the live cooking stations, remind me that, yes, we are in the 21st century. But these are not unwelcome reminders - especially after sampling grilled lobster, which charming young chefs cook right in front of you.

Catching glimpses of Sydney Rock oysters, Crystal Bay prawns and Balmain Bug, I don't hesitate in selecting for the buffet entrée. I must admit, I'm the first person to turn my nose up at a buffet-style restaurant but this cannot even be considered in such a category. Diners peruse the stainless-steel food stations, scrutinising over salmon sashimi, slow roasted shoulders of lamb and steamed scallops. The food is presented immaculately and waiters flutter around like angels, clearing plates and suggesting wines and dish combinations. The French inspired a la carte menu is fine-dining on every level. The pan-seared line-caught barramundi is perfectly seasoned and while the fillet is small, it's still moist and succulent. Organic glazed carrots perch on top of the fish and a sophisticated mussel emulsion presented in the form of an aerated mousse takes the dish to another level. My only complaint is that my stomach isn't as big as my eyes.
Anna Lisle
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FUNCTION MENU
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MAX SEATING
151 pax
Accommodation available
Function for 50-100
Historic Building
In a 4 or 5 Star Hotel
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Awards
This restaurant does not have any awards.
117 Macquarie Street,
Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
Sydney CBD NSW 2000
CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
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