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Singing the praises of a refurbished Café Opera

Luxury Sydney hotel, the InterContinental, has long been known as a true destination of elegance, superlative service and understated style. Everyone from world leaders to visiting celebs have rested their heads at the Circular Quay-based sanctuary since the building’s sandstone arcades surfaced (believe it or not) back in 1851.

To dwell in the building’s history, though, might distract one from focusing on an inspiring new update to the hotel’s culinary staple, Café Opera, which opened its newly polished doors this month.

A more interactive experience is seen in a refreshing designer re-fit. Diners are now treated to live cooking stations, wine tasting, and rustic chalk-on-blackboard labels against a backdrop of antique mirrors.

The highest quality local produce is also purveyed in all areas of the Cafe’s culinary overall. On the more casual side of dining, executive chef Tamas Pamer serves a buffet showcasing flavours from across the globe, while a more formal a la carte menu designed by executive sous chef, Julien Pouteau, provides a truly refined experience in the surrounds of an exciting new dining room mecca.

With the design aesthetic of the space at top of mind, one is impressed by the eclectic blueprint created by Thomas Bucich [of revered design firm Bucich Art & Design]. Bucich, who has also configured some of Sydney’s other key dining attractions including Wildfire/Ocean Room, is well known both locally and abroad for producing a strong sense of drama and wow factor to each space. Fortunately, for InterContinental Sydney, Bucich’s fusion of the buildings heritage architecture with avant garde art and furniture – consider the overscaled five meter long camel-backed sofa, LED light chandeliers and Bucich’s own custom art that emblazones the space’s flooring carpets – has brought a truly inspiring and fresh approach to this iconic and seemingly ever-evolving space.

If you’re a Sydney local, book yourself in for a weekend and remind yourself what it feels to be spoilt. And if you’re from out of town, there’s no hotel in the heart of Sydney that has views as spectacular as the InterContinental’s and a proximity to everything you’d need during your stopover in Sin City.

Be sure to check out the harbour view from the Club InterContinental lounge terrace at sunset. I truly is breathtaking, while impressive wine and cocktail lists from the lounge bar are sure to impress with their quality and innovation.


The InterContinental is situated 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Bookings and enquiries on (02) 9253 9000 or visit  www.icsydney.com.au/dine-drink/cafe-opera.

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