Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sydney - Day 1

We woke up early to get ready for our 3 days trip to Sydney! This is our first trip to Sydney since we’ve arrived in the Melbourne last winter.

6.00a.m. in the morning… it was damn cold!!!

We reached Sydney airport at 8.30a.m. From the airport we catched the train to the city, and we went straight to our hotel.

Double deck train!

A photo taken in Museum Station where our hotel is just a few minutes walk away.

We took a bus called Sydney Explorer that travels to 27 famous places like Sydney Opera House, King Cross, Art Gallery of NSW, QVB, Chinatown, Sydney Fish Market, Star City, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, The Rocks and many more.

Our first stop: China Town

We had our brunch at this Nine Dragons Restaurant, dim sums. We didn’t order much as we wanted to taste some freshly cook seafood at Fish Market after this.

Here are some dim sums that we had.

This is Paddy’s market which located just around the corner of China Town.

Our second stop: Darling Harbour

A stature along the road side to Darling Harbour.

On the way to Darling Harbour, we passed by the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

The Chinese Garden, we didn’t go in the garden but only snapped some photos out side the entrance. Chinese Garden was initiated by the local Chinese community to share their cultural heritage. It was designed and built according to the four key elements of water, plants, stone and architecture.

“People Mover Trains” which allowed visitor to take a ride to any attraction within Darling Harbour.

It was a sunny day. My eye hardly can open when hubby tried to snap some photos of me. He kept saying ‘again’ …’again’…’again’ as my eyes were closed! Haha…

Sydney Convention Centre

Some restaurants along the harbour side

Australia National Maritime Museum – Strolling in the museum and saw 2 “outstanding” swim suite. Keep scrolling down then you'll see... :P

I like this bikini!

Yes, this is the one that I mentioned! Are you dare to wear this? =D

Waiting for the bus to go to Fish Market…

Our third stop: Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market is famous with the freshly cooked seafood. Ok, let the pictures do the talking.

We had our dinner reservation at Aria restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Australia, operated by Matt Moran, one of Australian top chefs and also a guest judge at hugely successful cooking show MasterChef.

So after sight seeing we went back to hotel to get change and headed to the restaurant which located nearby the Sydney Opera House, an unmatched location, once described by the Sydney Morning Herald, “If you were any closer to the Opera House, you’d be in the audience!” ARIA has been awarded two coveted Chef’s Hats by The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Nice view from our table - The Harbour Bridge!

To start our dinner, we were served with bread and butter.

Next up, we had our appetizer. (I’m sorry; I cannot remember what it is called). Following will be our entrée.

I had scallops for my entrée. The scallops were so fresh and yummy!

Hubby had fresh oyster. They look tempting, isn’t it?

Main course : Steamed pink snapper fillet, beetroot puree, kohlrabi, green apple with crème fraîche. As per hubby, the snapper was very fresh. It was so smooth and the dressing was so delicious.

As for my main course was Trevalla roasted with glazed witlof, chestnut mushrooms, white beans and a chicken jus. The skin of the trevalla was so crunchy when you bite on it. It tastes really good!

Side order : Truffled potato mash. As you can see so smoooooth... this was really delicious!

Of course, we wouldn’t miss out any chance to have Matt Moran’s famous dessert - Valrhona Chocolate (rich chocolate délice with chocolate sorbet)

This is so so so so so so so yummy! I have no idea how to describe this as it was fantastic! You should give it a try and you will know what I am talking about! ;)

Overall it was a very satisfying dinner, the environment was excellent as well as the service. It is worth to visit if you haven't been to this restaurant.

After dinner, we were strolling around the opera house for some photo shooting. It was getting dark and my stupid camera cannot capture nice shoots in the dark. So, here are some shoots taken by hubby’s mobile phone. They still look better though.

Our four stop: King Cross

This is Sydney’s famous red light district with the strip clubs, nightclubs and brothels. While we were strolling around, there a guy came to us and offer us a cheap ticket for stripper show. At first I rejected him and he keeps reducing the ticket fee and he said it was good to watch. Well, since we were already there and I had not seen this show before so we decided to go and “have a look”. Well, the show was not too bad. The stripper was hot and sexy!

Day 2 we went to Bridge Climb (Sydney Harbour Bridge). Stay tuned everyone!

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