East Circular Quay, close to the Opera House on the lower concourse. Parking available in the Opera House carpark. PROFILED BY DE GROOTS MEDIA
With tables lining the glistening harbour and the Opera House sailing by overhead, dining at the Opera Bar and Restaurant is world class, to say the least. Carrying the theme of its iconic namesake, large, white umbrellas shelter the coveted concourse area which takes best advantage of the summer days and the spectacular view. At night, too, the twinkling lights of the city are the perfect backdrop for an intimate tete-a-tete or a more rambunctious group of friends. Somehow, this medley of social interactions manages to side-step the gaudiness of the tourism industry and you’ll find an even mix of Sydneysiders and visitors enjoying its atmosphere.
So, let the ferries ferry on by and the tourists take their happy snaps, as you turn your head to the menu. The chefs have created a smorgasbord of dining options from seasonal main courses for a leisurely lunches and tapas-style plates, to pre-theatre menus and quick meals. For those who like to share a nibble with a cocktail by their side, opt for the Opera Bar tasting plate which comes laden with lamb pies, panzanella salad, Peking duck pancakes, salmon rillettes, figs with goat’s curd, and prawn toast with sweet and sour sauce. Emptier bellies are wise to order spaghetti with prawns, fresh tomato, chilli and garlic, roast barramundi with Puy lentils, olive and tomato salad, or the char-grilled beef fillet with a shallot, tarragon and tomato salsa. Top off your meal with tiramisu or a cheese plate before filling up your wine glass and relaxing into the beats of the live musical acts that strum out regularly over the concourse.
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