We stayed at the InterContinental and decided to dine in-house at Cafe Opera as it was Good Friday and at least it was open. We had heard it was good. What we hadn't heard was that it was a buffet restaurant. So we turn up dressed for a fine dining experience to find out there is a buffet on, in fact there is a buffet every day, 3 meals a day. Because we had booked online, we were allowed to order a la carte. We checked out the buffet and decided to partake because of the vast selection of options. We decided to make the most of it and create our own degustation. Our selections included freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters, lobster bisque, pork belly, marron crayfish, confit duck with asian greens and slow cooked beef cheeks with dutch carrots. There was also an abundance of fresh prawns, crabs, salads and breads. Then there was the dessert wall, an amazing selection of canape size desserts as well as a chocolate fountain and fruit. Coffee/tea was included and at $95 a head, we thought it was good value for the quality and variety of food.
But it wasn't the romantic, fine dining experience we were hoping for. There is no dress code and it is obvious it is set up to cater for the tourist market. The service is limited to clearing plates and fetching drinks. As we were having multiple small courses, we had to continually request more cutlery.
If you like buffets, you would be hard pressed to find better than this anywhere. If you want an intimate or fine dining experience, go somewhere else.
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