Christmas lunch at The O Bar in Sydney

I was lucky enough to experience The O Bar Restaurant dining experience over this festive season, thanks to a work function.  I have been here before for a drink on a special occasion – the view over the city is outstanding – but it’s not somewhere I would normally be able to come and eat very often.  For those who don’t know of it, O Bar is on the 47th floor of the Australia Square building on George Street in the Sydney CBD, and not only does it give you a view across the city as far as the North Shore, Blue Mountains region and eastern suburbs, it slowly revolves so you see the whole panoramic view from one seat.

The view at O Bar Sydney

As you can see, on this particular day the view was stunning.  Our group was booked into the private dining room so it really was an exceptional experience.  We enjoyed the three course a la carte menu which began with a smoked salmon amuse bouche.  Honestly, smoked salmon is not something I enjoy but it was well presented.

Smoked salmon amuse bouche at O Bar Sydney

I chose the spiced prawn cakes with quinoa crust, chilli, lemon yoghurt and herbs, which were fantastic.  I was really torn between this and the seared scallops, and luckily my colleague went for these so we shared each starter.  The scallops were served with swordfish, romesco, roman beans, raw almonds and piccolino onions.  I did slightly prefer the scallops – the swordfish added real flavour to the dish – but both starters were delicious.

Spiced prawn cake starter at O Bar Sydney

Scallops starter at O Bar Sydney

I chose the seared beef fillet for the main course, with was served with red pepperoncini, la chinata, salsa rossa and red elk leaves.  I was very pleased with my choice!  The presentation was beautiful and it was really flavoursome.  The beef was tender and cooked medium rare upon chef recommendation, which was right for this cut of beef.  Even the jus was finished off!

Beef fillet at O Bar Sydney

I decided on the cheese platter for the dessert course which, again, was presented really well.  The selection of cheddars, brie and blue cheeses were served with agave fruit pickle, walnut bread and seeded lavosh.  Yum!

Cheese board at O Bar Sydney

I also wanted to share this picture of the hot chocolate soufflé with mint chocolate ice cream which I’m told was divine!

Chocolate souffle at O Bar Sydney

The afternoon was a real treat.  While the menu may be similar to other fine dining establishments, the view and overall experience of The O Bar make this place a little extra special.

Wine and breakfast martini cocktail at O Bar Sydney

Then came a few festive cocktails… All this and it’s not even Christmas yet!