On July 1st, a year and a half since the last plate was served at Australia’s most prestigious restaurant, Bennelong reopened its doors at the Sydney Opera House. With one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, Peter Gilmore, at the helm, Bennelong showcases the flavour, diversity and quality of Australian produce.
“The Sydney Opera House is the symbol of modern Australia,” Peter Gilmore explains.
“We are celebrating the beauty of this iconic space, with its extraordinary architecture, by presenting the very best in Australian cuisine.
“There are many different ways to experience Bennelong, but the focus throughout is on the diversity and incredible quality of produce sourced from all around the country.”
Bennelong takes advantage of the multi-level layout by presenting different dining options across different price points; The Restaurant, Cured & Cultured, The Bar and Pre-Theatre Dining. Describing the different dining options within Bennelong, Gilmore says, “The main restaurant is built around a three-course, à la carte menu showcasing stunning Australian produce, whereas the ‘Cured and Cultured’ offering is simpler, with a focus on raw food such as beautiful oysters, cured meats, crustaceans and organic vegetable salads. It is light and accessible, so that you can come in and enjoy a dish or two with a glass of wine before heading to a performance at the Opera House.”
The kitchen, which takes in views of the iconic Harbour Bridge, was designed by Anthony Scauso, Director of Platinum Commercial Kitchens. Anthony worked closely with Peter Gilmore to deliver the chef’s vision, and arranged for Peter and his staff to attend a FRIMA Cooking Live Demonstration at the Comcater Sydney Showroom. Having never worked with FRIMA previously, Gilmore and his team were blown away with the demonstration and subsequently two FRIMA VCC211+ pressure units take prime position side by side in the Bennelong kitchen. The kitchen also features 20 and 10 tray Rational SelfCookingCenter® 5Senses® units and a Tecnomac E1540-USB 15 tray Blast chiller .
Gilmore and his team were blown away with the demonstration and subsequently 2 FRIMA VCC211 pressure units take prime position side by side in the Bennelong kitchen. The kitchen also features a Rational 20 tray and 10 tray unit and a Tecnomac E1540-USB 15 tray Blast chiller .
The restaurant is open every night of the week, and for lunch Friday through Sunday. Diners have the opportunity to make a reservation at the restaurant or simply walk in to enjoy a cocktail at the bar while soaking up the atmosphere of Australia’s most iconic spaces.Peter Gilmore, Bennelong - Sydney Opera House, http://www.bennelong.com.au/