Tuesday, 21 March 2017

O Bar and Dining, Sydney CBD

I had a friend recently visit Australia and we arranged to catch up. What better venue to bring her to than O Bar and Dining which has spectacular views.

Check out my last experience here. O Bar and Dining has 360 degree rotating views of the gorgeous Sydney concrete jungle as well as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

My friend Jane from China who I met when she was my tour guide had a great opportunity when she was nominated for an award in Melbourne. She made her way up to Sydney to see some of the sights. 

We are seated in the dimly lit bar and restaurant and order some drinks. Jane orders a mocktail and I order a "The Sprouting" which is tequila based cocktail. Cheers!

We sit back, relax and enjoy the relaxed and sophisticated decore of O Bar and Dining while it slowly rotates around. 
With much anticipation at O Bar and Dining, Jane tries venison for the first time. She innocently asks what is venison and Darren Templeman who is the head chef tells her "Rudolph" and I tell her "Bambi". 

Our little table giggles along with Jane who now understands what venison is. She is surprised that the venison is served raw after being cured. The lightly cured venison loin is also served up with cultured cream, salt roasted and shaved beetroot, bronzed fennel and wild rice crisp with horseradish snow.  It's a fresh and well prepared dish.

Our table also shares another dish - the Stracciatella with caramelised butternut pumpkin, walnuts and smoked avocado with baby rocket leaves, granola and tomato sorbet. It's a savoury dish that lots of smooth and moist textures. I like the crunchy granola bits at the bottom.

As we slowly rotate around, I casually point out the Harbour Bridge to Jane. I tell her about the lights festival called Vivid where O Bar and Dining has a great view without all the crowds.

Even though MW and I have been trying to be good with what we're eating. We can't resist sharing the Dessert Platter with Jane and her partner. The dessert platter consists of four key desserts.

Both Jane and I are big fans of mint chocolate so this really smooth, creamy ice cream with dark chocolate shard was hard to resist. The mint is refreshing and takes away the heaviness of the cream. The next dessert I try on the platter has a black sponge which immediately captures my attention. There's a vanilla bean ice cream which sits on a bed of rhubarb and nuts.

MW is a big fan of coconut so he basically devours this chocolate mousse in a few bites although MW and I both agree that the final dessert on the platter is my favourite. It's a chocolate cone that is covered in pistachio nuts and it rests on a raspberry gelato with finely chopped up crumbs for texture.

Summary: O Bar and Dining is a great venue to for a date or to bring international guests for those spectacular views. They do great cocktails and food as well. You must try their sit down dinner or you can hang in the bar area and order some food. Naturally, you will probably walk out spending some $$ as it's an upmarket venue.

Price: Cocktails are $20ish, the bar food menu v.s sit down menu varies. 

level 47, 264 George St, Sydney on top of Australia Square. Near Wynyard Station. 

Opening Hours: 

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 5 to 10pm
Wednesday, Thursday 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 11pm
Friday 12pm to 12am
Saturday 5pm to 12am

Weekend Food Escapes was gifted the food and paid independently for drinks. All words, photos and opinions are my own.

O Bar and Dining Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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