Café Opera at Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel is celebrating local produce with a series of degustation dinners throughout the year.
A Taste Of at InterContinental Sydney
In partnership with four Australian producers, Executive Chef Tamas Pamer and Executive Sous ChefJulien Pouteau have created four themed menus showcasing the quality produce.
At a media preview, guests had the opportunity to chat with the local producers and taste a few dishes that will be available for a limited duration at different times throughout the year.
Renowned for his artisan butter, Pepe Saya, showcased a mini version of his factory at Tempe, with mountains of butter pressed into discs and hand-wrapped in foil.
Mrs Pepe Saya and Pepe
His butter featured in dishes such as Shiro Kin Wagyu Beef with truffle beef pie, butter roasted heirloom carrots and crispy dumpling…
Shiro Kin Wagyu Beef
and Kouign Amann, a dessert with cinnamon mascarpone, golden apple and salted caramel ice cream.
Mike and Gayle Quarmby from Outback Pride had a range of their Australian native food on display with products such as saltbush, muntries, finger limes, kutjera (bush tomato) and quandong.
Australian native foods from Outback Pride
These native products are grown on remote Aboriginal communities as part of the Outback Pride project. Mountain Pepper leaf flathead was prepared with an abalone ravioli, king brown mushroom and saltbush butter.
Mountain Pepper leaf flathead
Marron Crayfish from Western Australia was used in a deliciously indulgent Marron Crayfish and Foie Gras pastille.
Marron Crayfish and Foie Gras pastille
Col and Sue Roberts from Lowes Mount Truffiere drew a constant crowd lured by the earthy aroma of fresh truffles. A soft 60 degree egg with twice cooked pork belly and eggnog puree was covered with generous shaving of black truffles. A decadent and indulgent dish that was worth an encore.
Truffle and egg
The series of dinners will be spread throughout the year:
25th February – 17th March: A Taste of Artisan Butter with Pepe Saya
6th May – 26th May – A Taste of Western Australia with Marron Crayfish
1st July – 28th July – A Taste of Truffle with Lowes Mount Truffiere
21st October to 10th November – A Taste of Bush Tucker with Outback Pride
A Taste Of… dinners are available for $85 per person or $115 with matching wines. Guests can enjoy the experience from 6.00pm in Cafe Opera in the main dining room or alfresco in the dining court of the hotel’s sandstone arcades.
Level one, 117 Macquarie Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000
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