Belated Birthday Dinner – fine dining style
My birthday was just over a month ago and at the time, my friends were busy to come out for dinner. But two weeks ago they were finally free. Though having been to some really nice places in Japan for dinner, I wanted to continue that especially for my birthday dinner with friends. I guess you could say that I’m enjoying the life of fine dining, or in other words just spending big. The problem for us was most of my friends didn’t know which restaurant to go to in Sydney as none of us know the quality of restaurants in Sydney. Actually one of my friends probably has a better idea since he practically dines out all the time. So a bit of help from him and Google we decided on ARIA Restaurant.
Yes I would also say my otaku side agreed to going to this place but to be honest, this place was fantastic. Situated right across from the Sydney Opera House, the view from the table was absolutely amazing and with the afternoon sunset, it added to the beauty of Sydney Harbour. It really is such a different atmosphere when going to places like this, but at least this time we were a bit more dressed up than in Japan, yet it felt right at home. But at least it’s better than going out for steak like we did for most dinners.
The menu itself was quite small, even though we questioned the size of the meals, we were assured that they are more than adequate to satisfy our hunger. The original plan was to go for a course meal but since a particular friend decided to drop out, we each went separate mains. Though let me just say, if we went the course meal, it was $400 AUD per person. Not for those who are willing to put big holes in their pockets, but the menu itself is no different. Most entrees and mains ranged from $36 to $60 AUD, but for me and my friends, this wasn’t an issue.
Wines are also something I’m not very informed about so we asked the waiter to recommend a wine for us. Preferring something sweet to go with our meal, our waiter recommended us a Pinot Gris 2008 Josef Chromy. Not exactly the same as Dom Perignon but that’s not the point. What mattered was having an enjoyable meal, with some enjoyable wine, in a luxurious place with a great view and spending time with my friends. Being 24 and working full time means that I can start enjoying things like this more compared to late high school and throughout university. Though some may not understand why I would like to spend so much on dinner, even for a small meal, but one day you’ll come to understand things like this.
In fact I hope to experience even greater places of fine dining in the future and not just limited to Sydney. I hope to one day visit some nice places in Venice as my next holiday is to Venice, and perhaps even some of the finest places in France. Of course I’ll still have to keep working hard to make sure I can go to such places for a holiday.