Scintillating Sydney

Posted on 14.11.2009

I was recently at Sydney to host a gala dinner from lebua. The event took place on a boat with fireworks et al and as we drifted south from the Sydney harbor..I was mesmerized, yet again. In my travels to more than 43 cities in the world till date, I have seldom enjoyed a moment more blissful than while sailing down the Sydney harbor witnessing the sunset with chilled champagne for company.

For the three days I was in Sydney, the weather was perfect and I managed to squeeze out some time to explore the city. Sydney is without doubt a shopper's delight. A Louis Vuitton store caught my eye and I was really impressed to see their collection. Among the numerous LV stores I have visited before this one stood out in their merchandising and I ended up buying a jacket for myself. For the guys with a bit of geek in them, check out the Apple store in Sydney. I bought my first iPhone from there during this trip. There is also a fine Nespresso store for the coffee aficionados. For the ladies, the Louis Vuitton and the Chanel outlets are a must go.

I certainly did not miss out on the culinary delights Sydney had on offer. For lunch, I recommend the Icebergs Dining Room and bar at Bondi beach. Our lunch was truly amazing - made perfect by the beautiful views and cozy ambience. The fish at Icebergs lingers in my taste buds even when I write this account. For dinner, both Aki's and Tetsuya impressed me. Aki's is a fine dining Indian restaurant at Cowper Wharf. Starting off with a fine blended whisky and the crispy palak chaat (spinach leaf in crispy lentil batter) I couldn't resist the spicy temptation of Mirpakai Kodi (hot chicken dish) all of which are thoroughly recommended. As for Tetsuya on Kent Street, you can hardly go wrong. They have a degustation menu which is as delightful as it is decadent. A must go culinary destination while in Sydney.

For all my visits at Sydney, the Observatory hotel has been my residence and is a nice choice among numerous alternatives that Sydney offers.

Business was over soon and as the hurricane trip ended, I took a stroll on the Sydney Bridge. With the sun setting again and rippling waters below I was awestruck at the beauty of this bustling harbor-city. I made a promise and it was to come back.

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