April 8th, 2009

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Star Trekking

Last night was wonderful thanks to the generosity of James. We walked the red carpet up the Opera House stairs and went to the concert hall to see the world premiere of Star Trek, complete with the director and five of the actors (including home grown Eric Bana) being trotted out onto the stage to say very little of note. But they did make a pretty picture. The actors are very Ocean's Eleven for the new generation, though I personally missed George Clooney and Brad Pitt, am I showing my age? Lots of 'Gee, I can't believe we're in the Sydney Opera House'.

Paramount Pictures did a great job erecting possibly the clearest movie screen I have ever seen in the Concert Hall of the big shell. The Dolby sound was amazing, hearing every 'ping' ricocheting around the arched walls was a highlight. It is not often you get to watch a movie in an acoustically perfect place.

The movie itself is bright, colourful, well shot and well orchestrated, with a compelling story. It brings the franchise into a new generation.

After the movie we wandered into Guillaume at Bennelong's cocktail bar. I was astounded at how cheaply you can eat there. We enjoyed six small tapas serves including crab sandwiches, Jamon Iberico, marinated tuna, duck liver parfait and two of the nicest oysters I have had in the last three months for $40. We also ordered a cheese plate for $25, and got four superbly ripe cheeses including a French Livarot, and a Quicke's Cloth Wrapped Cheddar (from Devon). It's not a huge quantity of food, but the it's three hat quality for a bargain basement price.

To drink we enjoyed two cocktails at $16 each, with the bartender kindly making the second set complimentary.

What's most amazing to me is that in this prime location, I was eating the very food they are paying a pretty penny for in the main restaurant, in a deserted cocktail bar so which was quite affordable. I will be returning, probably with camera next time to document this bounty.