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Published June 12th 2011
Circular Quay is one of the most spectacular areas of Sydney to dine, enjoy a coffee or a drink, or simply people watch. In the heart of Circular Quay, you can do all those things and more at Rossini cafe, bar and restaurant.
Named after Italian composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini, this restaurant has been a favourite with Sydneysiders and tourists alike for over 22 years. In 2010, Rossini was taken over by the City Extra restaurant group and infused with their particular brand of hospitality.
With the Opera House only metres away, the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop and the ferry terminal by its side, you couldn't ask for a more picturesque place to dine.
I caught the ferry over from Manly on a Saturday and dropped in for a long leisurely lunch. The menu features classic Italian food, not pretentious or fancy.
After an arduous half hour trek across the ocean from Manly (I get seasick just looking at a boat) I was in the mood for hearty food and decided on an entree and main. The Minestrone soup was delicious and filling and was served with a crusty roll. For the main, I chose the chicken crepe which was light and creamy and utterly wonderful. Even at your hungriest, it's doubtful that you could fit in dessert, as servings are very generous, so I settled for watching others enjoy such delights as the Panzerotto (sweet donut filled with ricotta cheese and cinnamon) and apple & cinnamon crumble.
Rossini is very popular with those who want to enjoy a fast easy but satisfying meal before seeing a show at the Opera House. At the risk of sounding off-putting, some of the dishes have been 'pre-prepared', although this does nothing to detract from the quality of the food. To the contrary, the aroma's are enticing and the food looks really good - plus it certainly speeds up service if you want to be in and out quickly before a show, or if you need to catch the ferry in a hurry.