O Bar & Dining

21 Sep
September 21, 2012

After 44 years the Summit is no longer.  An evolution has taken place on level 47 of Australia Square with the launch last week of Michael Moore’s O Bar & Dining.

Sydney’s finest including Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Lizzie Lovett, Layne Beachley and Kirk Pengilly and James Kerley and Laura Dundovic  gathered atop the famous Australia Square building to celebrate the opening of O Bar and Dining.

Guests enjoyed a delicious range of canapés and sampled items from the new restaurant menu including quinoa crusted crab and chickpea cakes with lemon yoghurt, buttermilk organic chicken with buckwheat crust and apricot mustard and kingfish pastrami with coriander, citrus and cumin as they moved throughout the vast, circular space, famous for its revolving floor that provides 360-degree views. The new venue now features two bar areas, one a part of the building’s stationary centre floor, the other a large lounge bar that makes up part of the revolving outer section.

The new restaurant offers an accessible menu of contemporary Australia cuisine with an emphasis on local seafood and strong use of seasonal produce. Moore has underpinned the O Bar and Dining menu with the same approach used in his latest cookbook ‘Blood Sugar’, a philosophy of using minor tweaks to ingredients and cooking methods to produce good food for long-term health. The move has already seen Moore being lauded for leading the charge away from the current trend toward deep-frying that has pervaded Sydney’s restaurant scene.

Moore says the ethos behind O Bar and Dining was to give Sydney a contemporary skyline bar and restaurant to match the best found in New York, Chicago or Hong Kong. “I believe O Bar and Dining is an exciting addition to the Sydney bar and restaurant scenes, offering both under one roof. There has been such focus recently on the development of our bar scene in alleys and laneways but what we were also missing was a standout, world-class venue that allows you to take in the best of our city from high above it. O represents a complete departure from The Summit, one that reflects what the patrons of 2012 want.”

O Bar & Dining also offers a private dining room, Salon Privé, which accommodates 28 seated guests or 45 standing.  The room features silver leaf walls, glowing wall panels and gold mohair touches and of course 360 degree revolving views.  To add to the luxury of this private space, there are bespoke menus and dedicated wait staff.

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22 replies
  1. Gaby says:

    Bummer, I never got to eat at the Summit, although I heard it was not that great. Hopefully O Bar will be.
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  2. Simon @ the heart of food says:

    I like the new look to the place. It’s definitely given a new lease of life to a restaurant and brand that, at least to me, was somewhat stale.

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  3. Ramen Raff says:

    Oh man, it does remind me of a trendy Hong Kong bar and by that I mean it looks awesome!

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  4. food porn-er @ foodpornnation.com says:

    Wow! Can’t wait to check out the food!

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  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says:

    I’ll be interested to see how it turns out. I quite like the Summit but thought that the service was really lacking :)
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  6. john@heneedsfood says:

    Good to see the old Summit get a facelift but something tells me it’ll still be visitors and out-of-towners that are attracted to the revolving restaurant concept.
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  7. Gummi Baby says:

    I’ve had many questionable meals at The Summit so am glad that the location has been put into some
    fresh hands. The food looks delightful, am looking forward to giving it another go. Thanks! : D

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  8. Iron Chef Shellie says:

    Wow, doesn’t this place look a bit fancy smancy! I was invited but due to my geographical location, it was a bit hard to attend easily :P Looks good though!

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  9. GourmetGetaways says:

    The meal looks so good! I love the look of the sashimi! YUM! Gorgeous views :)
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  10. ChopinandMysaucepan says:

    Dear Sara,

    I really liked my steak at the Summit and thought it was on par with the some of the best steaks in Sydney. We got a booking at 9pm on a Saturday night and was shown to one of the tables away from the windows whilst there was another empty table by the window. The head waiter was cluey enough to change our tables before our entrees so that we could enjoy the revolving views. Great gesture and it’s little things like these that made our dining experience memorable.
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    • Sara says:

      Sounds like you had a wonderful past experience at the Summit. I hope, if you head to O Bar, that you will again have a great experience.

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  11. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    Gorgeous venue! Perfect for a special occassion :)
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