Breakfast at Opera Bar

Baked eggs and champagne...unbeatable view
Baked eggs and champagne ... unbeatable view

Alexandra Meyer

Whether or not you’re a tourist, it’s hard not to smile when you’re walking through the city and suddenly see the tips of the beautiful white Opera House or glimpse a little troupe of adventurers climbing across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

After a few years here those sights never get old for me and I’m sure the same goes for many of my fellow Sydneysiders.

Previously, I’d always believed that simply snagging a bench down in Circular Quay and getting to gaze out at the icons of Sydney was the best way to enjoy the view.

Turns out I was wrong.

In my opinion, the best way to enjoy those spectacular sights is sitting down at one of the outdoor tables at Opera Bar, a glass of bubbly in one hand and a delicious, hearty breakfast spread just in front of you.

Weekend breakfast...Opera Bar
Weekend breakfast … Opera Bar

While I generally shy away from areas of the city where hundreds of tourists congregate I was pleasantly surprised at the serenity that existed at Opera Bar during breakfast time.

At 10am on a postcard perfect Saturday morning Circular Quay was of course filled with activity but when we wandered down to the bar nestled just next to the Sydney Opera House we found a very relaxed and quiet spot.

While there is a no booking policy we had no issue finding a suitable table with incredible views of the sparkling harbour.

The breakfast menu is short and sweet but they’re sure to have you covered.

Whether you’re in the mood for a healthy start with a bowl of granola, yoghurt and berries or want to dig in to a rich croque monsieur with oozing gruyere cheese you’ll find both here.

Chorizo, egg and manchego quesadilla...Opera Bar
Chorizo, egg and manchego quesadilla … Opera Bar

The prices are all incredibly reasonable for a Sydney breakfast and with ‘the best view in the world’ they definitely seem worth it.

During our breakfast we tried out the chorizo, egg and manchego quesadilla and the baked eggs with spinach, tomatoes, beans and sourdough.

The quesadilla was tasty but we wished there had been a bit more flavour inside.

At $18 the baked eggs are the most expensive dish on the menu and you quickly see why.

Served in a rustic cast iron pan the dish is easily enough to serve two but once you get stuck in it’s quite difficult not to polish it off yourself.

The French champagne was an exquisite touch and is definitely recommended if you wish to treat yourself to an experience like this.

You may occasionally have to shoo off a jealous seagull but the waiters seem trained in keeping them at bay.

Whether you’re as familiar with Sydney as the back of your hand or are simply passing through, a weekend breakfast at Opera Bar is definitely an experience not to be missed.

Opera Bar is open for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 11:30am

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