Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is back this year with Puccini’s Turandot, the story of a powerful princess in the Forbidden City in Beijing, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. Puccini’s work was unfinished at the time of his death and it was left to his student Franco Alfano to complete it.

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

For the fifth consecutive year, Fresh Catering has been selected as the exclusive caterer serving Chinese-inspired cuisine at each of the five harbourside dining outlets.

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Platinum Lounge

Fresh Catering Executive Chef Geoff Haviland took his inspiration from the diverse cuisine of Imperial Peking, his travels throughout China’s Sichuan Province and as Executive Chef of Intercontinental Hong Kong. 

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Platinum Lounge Buffet

At the Platinum Lounge, you can choose from either the lavish buffet or the three course meal dinner with vegetarian options with accompanying Tyrrell’s wines.

The Buffet Menu includes Prawn Crackers, Chinese Style Salad with Peanut Sambal, Spicy Aubergine Salad with Fragrant Sauce, Pickled Vegetables, Drunken Chicken in Wine, Shrimp and Mushroom Salad with Ginger-Pepper Ranch Dressing, Shanghai Beef Salad with Vermicelli Noodles, Fried Bread Sticks with Dips and Tea Poached Eggs. You’ll also find Chinese Greens & Oyster Sauce, Red Braised Pork Belly with Shiitake Mushrooms and Yeung Chow Fried Rice.

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Autumn Awakening Tasting Plate

From the three course menu, the Autumn Awakening Tasting Plate is a generous starter consisting of Spicy Shrimp Rillettes with Garlic Chives & Szechuan Cucumber Relish; Drunken Chicken with Goji Berries & Scallion; Duck Salad with XO Dressing; Braised Aubergine with Fragrant Sauce; and Open Wonton of Asian Slaw with Miso Ranch Dressing & Peanut Sambal.

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Vegetarian Autumn Awakening Tasting Plate

The vegetarian option is equally delicious with Braised Aubergine with Fragrant Sauce; Crispy Fried Rice Balls with Tofu & Shiitake Mushrooms; Celery & Egg Shreds with Miso Dressing; Spring Onion Pancake with Chilli Oil; and Open Wonton of Asian Slaw with Miso Ranch Dressing & Peanut Sambal.

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Steamed Barramundi

A choice of three mains includes the flavoursome and moist Steamed Barramundi on Lobster Fried Rice with Snake Beans & Black Bean Butter Sauce,

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Braised Wagyu Beef Shortrib

and the tender Braised Wagyu Beef Shortrib with Rice Noodle Roll, Wolfberries, Chinese Greens & Five Spice Pork Scratchings.

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Green Tea Pavlova

Dessert is an irresistible Green Tea Pavlova with Cumquat Curd, Black Sesame Cream & Lychee Salad, or

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Local Cheeses

a Selection of Premium Local Cheeses Served with Quince Paste, Crackers, Lavoche, Walnut & Fig Roll.

Turandot, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Interval Dessert High Tea

For the first time, The Platinum Club has introduced Interval Dessert High Tea to enjoy with romantic harbour views and a glass of Tyrrell’s Pinot Noir Chardonnay Brut. The high tea selection includes Sweet Potato Syrup Cake, Steamed Red Bean Pudding, Maple Caramel & Green Tea Macaron, Hong Kong Custard Tart and Black Sesame Cream.

The opera performance is indeed spectacular and we won’t spoil it here with a review. There are many highlights that engage all senses and leaves you in awe.

Tickets for Turandot are on sale now and the 4 week performance runs from March 24th to April 24th 2016.

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Updated 31 March 2016.

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.

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