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Cafe Opera

Address
Address:
Intercontinental Hotel Sydney
117 Macquarie Street
Sydney CBD NSW 2000
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 2 9240 1396
Fax : +61 2 9240 1385
Chef
Chef: Tamas Pamer
Chef
Price Range: $$$$
BYO
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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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 � 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.

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LOCATION
Located on level 1 of Intercontinental Sydney.

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 � 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.

The restaurant offers a series of rich, colourful, bold and exciting spaces, with careful consideration given to both a la carte and buffet dining experiences. The tableau of design elements - from the over-scaled five-metre-long camelback sofa, antique mirrors and European patisserie down to the market-style chalkboard buffet labels � immediately communicate a departure from traditional hotel dining. Cafe Opera also provides an intimate dining experience with the Tasting and Rotunda rooms, both offer beautiful venues for those special events. The restaurant also offers an alfresco dining court within Intercontinental Sydney’s historic 1851 sandstone arcades.

LUNCH BUFFET
Monday to Saturday $65 per adult, $30 per child (5-12 years). Sunday $83 per adult, $40 per child (5-12 years).

DINNER BUFFET
Sunday to Thursday $75 per adult, $40 per child (5-12 years). Friday and Saturday $95 per adult, $45 per child (5-12years).

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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 entree. 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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entrees

Confit Marron Crayfish | $29.00

Pan Seared Scallop | $28.00

Braised Pork Belly | $29.00

Pyengana Cheddar | $26.00


mains

Tajima Beef Rossini | $37.00

Pan Seared John Dory | $38.00

White Pyrenees Rack of Lamb | $36.00

Ancient Grain Risotto | $35.00


desserts

Grand Marnier Soufflé | $16.00

Vanilla Crème Brûlée | $16.00

Pomelo Pavlova | $16.00

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar | $16.00

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winelist

white wine selection

Semillon, Brokenwood, Hunter Valley, 2013
bottle | $65.00
glass | $13.00

Sauvignon Blanc, Cloudy Bay, Malborough, New Zealand, 2013
bottle | $95.00
glass | $19.00

Chardonnay, Vasse Felix, Margaret River, 2012
bottle | $80.00
glass | $16.00

Verdelho, Bimbadgen Estate, Hunter Valley, 2012
bottle | $55.00
glass | $11.00

red wine selection

Shiraz, Bimbadgen, Estate, Hunter Valley, 2013
bottle | $55.00
glass | $11.00

Cabernet Sauvignon, Mitolo Jester, Mclaren Vale
bottle | $75.00
glass | $15.00

Merlot, Margan Family Vineyard, Hunter Valley, 2012
bottle | $65.00
glass | $13.00

Pinot Noir, Penfolds Cellar Reserve, Adelaide Hills, 2011
bottle | $95.00
glass | $19.00

sparkling wine selection

Sparkling Brut Semillon, Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley, NV
bottle | $55.00
glass | $11.00

Sparkling Brut, Chandon, Yarra Valley, NV
bottle | $75.00
glass | $15.00

Pelorus Cloudy Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand, NV
bottle | $95.00

Croser Vintage, Adelaide Hills, 2007
bottle | $120.00

dessert wine selection

Moscato, Cargo Road, Orange, NV
bottle | $65.00
glass | $11.00

Botrytis Semillon, Margan, Hunter Valley, 2009
bottle | $80.00
glass | $12.00

Botrytis Semillon, De Bortoli Noble One, Bilbul, 2008
bottle | $85.00
glass | $14.00

Orange Muscat & Flora, Brown Brothers, Milawa, 2011
bottle | $45.00

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Cafe Opera - User Reviews

Sandra Parry-Husbands:

I love the Intercontinental Opera Café. My husband and I became Priority Privilege members specifically because of the buffet. I absolutely love the seafood buffet. My favourite is the deadliest catch crab legs and claws. I could eat them all night but if I did that then I wouldn’t be able to eat the delicious garlic buttered lobster and the succulent prawns, yabbies and oysters!! There is so much to choose from, leave the desserts aside for now, because how can anybody think of dessert when the ocean is served literally on a platter for all to enjoy. My husband enjoyed the roasted meats while I refused to have anything that wasn’t an ‘ocean made’ on my plate. We can now move to the chocolate fountain…..my God!! I couldn’t walk away from the marshmallow skewers or hot chocolate over cold ice-cream with custard desserts, macaroons, lamingtons and much, much more. Very friendly yet professional service from the staff at the intercontinental. I will always go back for more.review  16/09/2012

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Restaurant Specials

Easter specials and events
Celebrate Easter Sunday with the family and enjoy a grand Easter lunch buffet featuring live cooking stations and seasonal market-fresh seafood whilst sipping on either endless sparkling wine or beer*. Children of all ages will receive a visit by the Easter Bunny and be able to take part in a classic Easter egg hunt. $125 per adult* *terms and conditions apply. Bookings Essential. To book email restaurant.reservations@interconsydney.com or call (02) 9240 1396
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Autumn specials & events
This autumn discover some of Australia's culinary gems with Cafe Opera's A Taste of...The Dairy. First in the Taste of..series, Cafe Opera's culinary team showcases the diversity of Australian cheese. Australia, not necessarily renowned for its cheeses, will surprise your palette with the variety and versatility. Available: April 1st to 30th $150 for 5 dishes and matching wines, $110 for 5 dishes. To book email restaurant.reservations@interconsydney.com or call (02) 9240 1396
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Winter specials & events
A Taste of...Head to Tail. Second in the series for the culinary adventurous, this menu is a magnificent showcase of extraordinary parts of the lamb, sourced from head to tail. Utlising a variety of parts of the animal this menu is the epitome of sustainability. With quality produce from leading suppliers such as; Flinders’ Island Lamb, Grima’s Farm and Pepe Saya Butter. Available: May 26th to June 22nd. $150 for 5 dishes and matching wines, $110 for 5 dishes.
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Restaurant Features
Accommodation available
Function for 50-100
Historic Building
In a 4 or 5 Star Hotel
Private Dining Area
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10


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