A Birthday Celebration At Bennelong – Sydney Opera House Restaurant – Part Two

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A view from inside Bennelong restaurant overlooking Circular Quay cityscape and the motion of the buzzing Sydney Opera House restaurant. Bennelong Bar review by White Caviar Life.
A spectacular view overlooking Circular Quay cityscape and the motion of the buzzing restaurant. Photo credit: Vivienne She

Continuing Kent’s birthday celebration at Bennelong restaurant…

After our lunch, we felt like making the most of the Sunday live jazz by treating ourselves to a cheese plate and some drinks. Our waitstaff transferred us from the main dining area to Bennelong Bar, which was located on a higher platform.

A view from inside Bennelong Restaurant overlooking its restaurant section and beyond the glass wall. Bennelong Bar review by White Caviar Life.
It’s all about the location when you come to Bennelong Bar. Photo credit: Vivienne She

Once we got there, I marveled at the scene we were facing. ‘Wow! What a stupendous view!’ I said to Kent while grabbing his camera to take some photographs. What was so great about being on a higher level was that the cityscape and the motion of the buzzing restaurant were all in full view! This change of scenery also gave us a closer sight of Bennelong’s Larrakitj artwork, created by eight senior Indigenous artists, and the cool MELT lamps by Tom Dixon.

Bennelong's Larrakitj artwork, created by eight senior Indigenous artists, and the MELT lamps by Tom Dixon. Bennelong restaurant interior decoration photography. Bennelong Bar review by White Caviar Life.
Bennelong’s Larrakitj artwork, created by eight senior Indigenous artists, and the funky lamps by Tom Dixon. Photo credit: Vivienne She
A cheese plate with cheddar cheese, goat cheese, and blue cheese. A small bowl of pine nuts, dates, and almonds. Bennelong Bar review by White Caviar Life.
A cheese plate to share after our lunch… Photo credit: Vivienne She

We ordered a cheese plate to share, and I fancied a glass of martini-style cocktail – Dear Rose. Kent was happy with his water for the time being. I love blue cheese, but what stood out for me from the three different types of cheese was the goat cheese. It was buttery, had an acidy-savory taste, and a smooth texture. ‘It must be good because you are not a goat cheese fan!’ Kent commented as he was as surprised as I was.

A cheese plate and a glass of martini-style cocktail - Dear Rose. A view from inside Bennelong Bar overlooking its restaurant section and beyond the glass wall. Bennelong Bar review by White Caviar Life.
A cheese plate, a cocktail, and a complimentary view… Photo credit: Vivienne She
The floor-to-ceiling glass wall at the Bennelong Bar offers partial views of the Sydney Opera House sails. Bennelong Bar review by White Caviar Life.
The floor-to-ceiling glass wall at the Bennelong Bar offers partial views of the Sydney Opera House sails. Photo credit: Vivienne She

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall at the bar section offered us partial views of the Opera House shells. Back to my space-age fantasy, the tiles of the shell evoke the scales of an alien egg to me. Yes, the spaceship and the alien egg! I liked to be lost in my imaginary world… until the vision of Sydney Harbour Bridge brought me back to reality.

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall at the Bennelong Bar offers partial views of the Sydney Opera House sails. Bennelong Bar review by White Caviar Life.
One of the best things about coming to Bennelong Bar is that you can just walk in without a booking! Photo credit: Vivienne She
Writer and blogger Vivienne She at Bennelong Bar in Sydney Opera House. Bennelong restaurant review by White Caviar Life. The 50th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House.
Feeling happy that we’ve ticked this box off our to-try list! Photo credit: Kent Johnson

The couple who occupied the bar table right next to us seemed to be busy taking selfies. I don’t blame them, why wouldn’t you when you come here! Once they left, it was our turn to take photos – including selfies, believe it or not! Soon enough, that table was taken again by a group of young ladies. Judging by their attire, I thought they might pop in for a post-theatre snack and drink.

Australian photographer Kent Johnson at Bennelong Bar in the Sydney Opera House, celebrating his milestone birthday.
Kent in serenity. Photo credit: Vivienne She
Sandy Evans with Phillip Johnston Trio performing at Bennelong, the Sydney Opera House restaurant.
The live jazz music was brought to us by Sandy Evans with Phillip Johnston Trio on that day. Photo credit: Vivienne She

Besides the picturesque views from almost all angles, the second best thing about being at the bar must be being near the jazz band. On that particular Sunday, the live music was brought to us by Sandy Evans with Phillip Johnston Trio. The leisure ambience at Bennelong Bar made us forget about time. Who wouldn’t love to enjoy tasty morsels while listening to live jazz on a long, lazy Sunday afternoon? And exactly that, was the sweet wrap from our Bennelong celebration.

Writer and blogger Vivienne She at Bennelong Bar in Sydney Opera House. Bennelong restaurant review by White Caviar Life.
Wrap up Kent’s milestone birthday celebration with a glass of Dear Rose. Photo credit: Kent Johnson

A Diner’s Note

A sunset view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in between two of Sydney Opera House's sails. Tourists at the Sydney Opera House.
2023, marking the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Kent Johnson

One of the wonderful things about coming to Bennelong Bar is that you can just walk in without a reservation! That suits perfectly too for those theatregoers. Talking about theatre… to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House, we’ve secured our tickets to see Swan Lake by the Australian Ballet this December. I think we should take advantage of coming to the House and enjoy a glass of bubbly and sample some fresh oysters…

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Vivienne She
Vivienne is an author, traveller, story teller, and occasionally a muse. Through White Caviar Life, you will share in her leisure activities, dining and travel experiences, and her fashion style tips that she hopes to inspire your way of living.

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