We attended last year also for Aida (which had a Mediterranean menu) and this year to go with the Chinese tale of Turandot; the menu by Geoff Haviland goes Asian. Eat at the Platinum Club for amazing vistas of the skyline before the show. Tyrrell Wines are also back this year as the Platinum Club wine partners.
Gallery of Turandot shots supplied by Opera Australia. Check out their website.
The view from the dining side at Platinum Club is similarly impressive.
Platinum Club Dinner – a pre performance dinner. This is a three-course dinner that showcases foods of Northern China $235
Autumn Awakening Tasting Plate (vegetarian option available) – Spicy Shrimp Rillette with garlic, chives and szechuan cucumber relish, Duck Salad with XO dressing, an Open Wonton of Asian slaw with miso ranch dressing and peanut sambal, Braised Aubergine with fragrant sauce, and Drunken Chicken with Goji berries and scallion.
A nice tasting selection – the surprise winner here the braised aubergine with its tasty complexity. Drunken chicken is served cold; freshing and tender.
Our pick of the eats from the Platinum Club menu, the Steamed Barramundi is very delicate and beautifully cooked. Alongside it is an atypical Chinese styled fried rice but pimped out with lobster. A rousingly pleasing dish.
If you’ve been to yumcha, you’ll note the now familiar rice noodle roll but how its used here is uncommon. On it sits, the braised wagyu shortrib. Meat lovers will delight in this – deeply rich tender beef, tender rice noodle rolls and crunchy pokr scratchings.
Cheese or Desserts to finish
Pairing well with the Tyrrell Wines, a curated array of premo cheeses.
Hidden within the meringue shell is a green tea cream. A nice sweet finish from the kitchen – fruity flavours abound.
Interval Platinum Club High Tea $60
Sweet Potato Syrup Cake, Steamed Red Bean Pudding, Maple Caramel; Green Tea Macaron , Hong Kong Custard Tart,Black Sesame Cream and a glass of Tyrrell’s Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut.
Also available at Platinum Club, a buffet option with plenty of eats kicking off from 5.30pm til the bells ring.
Turandot was unequivocally better than last year’s Aida being more entertaining and amusing all at once. Nessun Dorma is an incredible song and sung with gusto? Wonderful. Highly recommended night out.
Find out more about this year’s Handa Opera showcase and Platinum Club dining by Fresh Catering here.