Lunch at Icebergs, Bondi Beach, Australia.

view from icebergs restaurant, bondi beach.

A friend recommended me to try out Icebergs at Bondi Beach, which overlooks one of the world’s most famous beaches. I had booked well in advance with a special request for window seating (window seating is not guaranteed), and was able to get one on arrival. Then again, my reservation was exactly at opening time for lunch.

So after sitting down, the first thing that I saw was the view. It was a beautiful day, and the surfers are out on the beach enjoying the sunshine.

view from icebergs restaurant, bondi beach.

Then came the food – the real reason I was here. So here are some of the dishes that were served.

I started out with the Sweet Corn, Baccalá Soup, “Pangrattato”, which is sweet corn, baccala (salted cod), chicken stock, cream and pangrattato (which is crispy bread crumbs with oregano). This was a great start to my meal. I’ve never had corn soup with fish, so this was definitely a new adventure for me.

sweet corn, baccalá soup, at icebergs bondi beach.

Then came the coral trout risotto, which was just as awesome. I got the appetizer version on recommendation, as the main version would have been too much to handle. This was perfect.

coral trout risotto, at icebergs bondi beach.

The Chicken Paillard was the special of the day, which is a corn-fed chicken thigh fillet, char-grilled with baby cress, horseradish, eshallots, fresh chili and lemon. For something that looked as simple as this the chicken was especially tender and was simply amazing.

chicken paillard, at icebergs bondi beach.

To complment the food, I ordered a pea salad with basil and feta cheese. Yum.

pea salad with feta, at icebergs bondi beach.

Of course, the meal would not be complete without dessert. The classic “Sgroppino” for two, which is lemon sorbet blended with Prosecco, was the choice of the day. All of this was done in three-and-a-half hours time. There was no one there to rush you, so a great dining experience indeed.

classic sgorppino for two, at icebergs bondi beach.

Okay, this was a random shot on the way back into the city that evening, from the top of the stairs at Potts Point. Just thought I had to share.

potts points stairs to woolloomooloo and sydney city.

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 12 noon – 12 midnight
Sundays from 12 noon – 10pm

Vivid Sydney Festival Opens with Lighting of the Sails.

sydney opera house during the vivid sydney festival.

Just a few days ago, Vivid Sydney opened with the lighting of the sails of the Sydney Opera House, along with other events. It was a beautiful evening (just before the rain) and we had the front-and-center view of the Opera House from the balcony of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, where the opening event was held. Beams of light were projected from the Terminal as well as from the Botanic Gardens on both sides of the Opera House, giving the iconic building “instant makeovers” as the colors changed every few minutes. The sight was certainly spectacular. The festival ends Junew 12, so if you will be in Sydney, go check it out.

Also check out the Gallery for more images by clicking on the “Gallery” link on top.

sydney opera house during the vivid sydney festival.

sydney opera house during the vivid sydney festival.

sydney opera house during the vivid sydney festival.

sydney opera house during the vivid sydney festival.

sydney opera house during the vivid sydney festival.

Vivid Sydney Festival.

lighting of the sails at luminous, part of vivid sydney.

In less than ten days, Sydney will host a new festival of music, light and ideas called Vivid Sydney. The festival, in its inaugural year, is to showcase Sydney as a creative hub in the Asia-Pacific region with a series of light installations, public talks, concerts and more. On May 26th, the festival will open with the lighting of the sails of the Sydney Opera House with artwork by Brian Eno, who is also the event’s curator. There will also be an image/sound installation called “77 Million Paintings by Brian Eno” that will be showcased at the Opera House.

lighting of the sails at luminous, part of vivid sydney.

In conjunction the Smart Light Sydney event will also open with a Light Walk of luminous art that starts at the Sydney Observatory and through the Rocks to the Opera House, as well as to the Conservatorium of Music. An art light exhibition will also be held at the University of Technology, Sydney. These events will be free to the public. This is just a start to three week’s worth of events in the Australian city.

For visitors to the event, the City of Sydney has organized a series of deals with local hotels, restaurants, attractions and more — many with “buy one, get one free” deals with exception of hotels, which is a “book two nights and get the third free”. A link is below for reference.

light walk at smart light, part of vivid sydney.