Guillaume at Bennelong

October 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm (French, Sydney)

When you’re in a different city and everything’s new and exciting, it’s pretty easy to forget all the great things about the place you just left. There are many restaurants in Sydney that I really love and I’ve just dug up some old photos from my Sydney foodie adventures, so the next few posts are going to be a bit NSW-focused. Fitting, given the large number of NSW restaurants appearing in the AGT 2012 Top 100 List (whether you agree with it or not haha).

Guillaume at Bennelong has a special place in my heart, being my first experience of dining at a two-hat restaurant. The location cannot by more idyllic; inside the Sydney Opera House with a beautiful view of the harbour, which looks absolutely breathtaking at night time.  The restaurant interior is also quite dramatic, with the most eye-catching feature being the high, concrete-ribbed, vaulted ceiling.  Comfortable banquettes surrounding tables lit by spotlights in an otherwise dimly lit dining room make for a very intimate atmosphere.  And the food is delicious; bold French flavours (with some Asian twists here and there) and generous to boot.

(Some of these photos are a little bit dark- took a bit of experimenting with various camera settings throughout the night to get some decent shots.)


Starter – Seared scallops served with cauliflower purée, shitake mushrooms, spinach and chicken jus.


Starter – ‘Duo of duck’, leg confit and parfait served with truffle brioche.


Main – John dory on a bed of carrots and ginger puree, coriander and pomme allumette.


Main – White river veal with a tombe of enoki, shimeji, chestnut and king brown mushrooms and jus gras.


Main – Blue eye trevalla roasted on an etuve of baby spring vegetables.


Main – Baby snapper with Jerusalem artichoke three ways and a madeira and veal jus.


Salad – Baby beans with pistachio pesto.


Dessert – Vanilla bean pannacotta with berry coulis and sorbet.


Dessert – Roasted pear with pain perdu and roasted almond ice cream.


Dessert – Chocolate soufflé, with sour cherry ripple ice cream.


If you’re at the Opera House for a performance, chocolate soufflé at Bennelong makes a great post-theatre supper 😛


Guillaume at Bennelong on Urbanspoon



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: