‘Let’s Do Dessert’ #2:
Opera Bar, The Rocks

Visited on the 6TH and 10TH of October 2013.

For those of you who aren’t aware, it’s Good Food Month this October in Sydney. So what does this mean for us? We get to enjoy an array of culinary festivities, events and experiences popping up around town for people of all ages to enjoy.

One of these events is called “Let’s Do Dessert” where 23 different venues inclusive of Flying Fish, Baroque, Ocean Room and The Woods are offering a special dessert just for the month of October!

You can read my first dessert trip here

The second venue I chose was Opera bar and needless to say, I was excited! I always wanted to visit opera bar and what better excuse then to have dessert?

During my first visit, an error occurred which resulted me receiving the wrong dessert. I wasn’t entirely sure I received the wrong dish until I checked other food blogs on my way home which showed a completely different dessert.

Upon realising this, I contacted Opera Bar via Facebook and they were very kind and efficient in resolving the issue. I decided to return to Opera bar one more time to try the dessert.

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View from Opera Bar

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Raspberry and pistachio Bombe Alaska with popping candy praline ($20) 
(Served with sparkling wine)

Visually, I thought the components were spaced out nicely. One negative I noticed right away was the burnt & uneven toasting of the meringue on the bombe alaska. When comparing images to other Bombe Alaskas (such as @krissyyytina’s picture), the visual difference was night and day.

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Inside the Bombe Alaska

Presentation aside, the meringue was good and not overly sweet, the pistachio ice cream also had a good flavour and raspberry ice-cream was okay but could have done with some more tartness. Although the ice-cream could have been smoother, I’m glad the ice-cream was really cold otherwise it would have melted before I had a chance to finish it.

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Ambiance: Opera Bar was quite loud during both visits but it’s important to keep in mind that it is a bar. The scenery is second to none with a stunning view of the Harbour Bridge and close up of the Opera house. I also liked the seating arrangements with plenty of room both outside and undercover.

Service: Service was great during both visits; the staff were friendly and charismatic. Although I had a mishap during my first experience, their after service staff were very empathetic and proactive in fixing the situation.

Final thoughts: The SMH dessert offering at Opera bar was average; it didn’t have any real ‘wow’ factor and the uneven toasting of the meringue didn’t help either. Given that all the SMH ‘let’s do dessert’ offerings cost $20, I’d have to say this one is a miss.

Although I’m unlikely return for the food, the service was good and the ambiance is a winner so I will be back for drinks and the view in the near future.

Opera Bar
Lower Concourse Level,
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, NSW 2000

Website: http://www.operabar.com.au/home
Direct Link: http://sydney.goodfoodmonth.com/details?deal=122040

Phone: (02) 9247 1666

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