Opera Bar, Sydney Opera House ($$)

Address: Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse level, Sydney

Tel: (02) 9247 1666

Website: http://www.operabar.com.au/

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Source: www.sydneyoperahouse.com

To celebrate my graduation, a bunch of friends and I had Friday night drinks at Opera Bar. I had never been before, my previous plans to visit this stunning bar having always been ruined by poor weather.

Atmosphere

While Sydney had experienced a warm 31 degree (C) day, the afternoon was much cooler. The bar was suitably packed out for a Friday night, and we found it difficult to find a seat or table, so we eventually retreated to the indoor area of the bar and found a “Dining Only” table.

The atmosphere was great with so many people ready for a fun Friday night out. There was live music (a singer and guitarist outside), and cute tea light candles on the tables.

Service

It was hard to get any service or attention at all as it was so busy. The food had to be ordered from the bar, which was constantly packed. We had to wait for 5-10 minutes in line to get to the bar and then ordered and paid for our food and were given a number.

The food did come out quite quickly however, within about 15- 20 minutes, which was surprising considering how busy it was! When it did eventually come out, the waiters simply placed it on our table, took our number away and left, without speaking barely a word to us.

Food

We decided to have dinner before the others arrived as we were very hungry, and ordered a few dishes to share between two.

Prawn popcorn with spicy jalapeno sauce, $16.00

The prawn popcorn was something I hadn’t tried before. It wasn’t very crispy, as popcorn chicken or actual popcorn should be, but it was quite delicious. The prawns were cooked well and the batter wasn’t too heavy. The jalapeno sauce had a little kick to it, without being too overpowering or spicy. There were about 10-12 prawns in the serving.

Beef sausage, sweet peppers, artichoke pizza, $19.00

This pizza had a wonderfully light and crispy crust. It was easy to eat and came in a medium-sized portion.

Mixed green beans with miso and sesame dressing, $10.00

An interesting dish indeed! I am a big fan of snow peas and crunchy green beans. I also love miso soup, so I thought I should try out this dish instead of going for the usual chips or wedges as a side! The beans were blanched probably, and retained their bite. There was a scattering of sesame seeds, but the sesame flavour wasn’t very noticeable. The miso soup paste was quite strong however, and added a salty flavour to the dish. I would definitely recommend trying it.

Toasted baguette, with herb, garlic and parmesan seasoning, $7.00

Everyone loves garlic bread and what better combination than pizza and GB? This bread was crunchy and warm, drenched in butter and fragrant with the smell of various herbs and garlic. Delicious!

Cost:

Overall the meal cost us just $52.00.

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

      • Service- 2
      • Food- 7
      • Ambience- 8
      • Value – 6.5

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