Restaurant Reviews

Bennelong: Restaurant review

Address

Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney, NSW

Hours

Lunch Fri-Sun noon-2pm
Dinner daily 6.30pm-10pm

Prices

Lunch 2 courses $100 - $135;
dinner 3 courses $145

REVIEW

Could we be in danger of taking this splendour for granted? No, it's not possible. Even for the most jaded Emerald City citizen, the walk across the forecourt reveals the wonder of the Opera House anew. And you could also credit the team from Quay with working a similar magic inside. Sure, they've packed in the tables, service can feel more of a hustle than simply well-paced, and some of the glass prices on the wine list beg belief. But the food just gets better and better. Eggplant in lacy batter paired with seared scallop and an XO sauce chunky with streaky bacon is a deft play of textures, while crunchy stone-pot rice rich with sesame and fermented shiitake challenges the glimmering roast quail it accompanies for star billing. Desserts are equally spectacular ("crème caramel vs. mille-feuille" is inspired), and the eat-in bar offers thrilling snacks for gilded grazing.

Phone:
(02) 9240 8000

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Peter Gilmore & Robert Cockerill

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.