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Bennelong offers à la carte service, with a three-course à la carte menu, across all three dining levels of Bennelong from Wednesday dinner through to Sunday lunch.

Bennelong Presents continues this winter, with performances by brilliant Australian artists, including unmissable fortnightly Wednesday performances in the ‘Winter Season’ series and relaxed ‘Sunday Jazz’ afternoons.

Please note, tables for two guests are in high demand and are usually the first to book out. Tables for four are more readily available. If your requested date is unavailable, gather friends or family for a table of four.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bennelong soon.



Serves 4



Lamington sponge
4 eggs
112g caster sugar
112g plain flour (sifted)
canola oil spray

Cherry ice-cream
350g morello cherry juice
150g caster sugar
150g egg yolk
150g pure cream

Cherry jam
275g morello cherry jam
110g preserved wild cherries

Coconut cream base
500g caster sugar
1kg milk
1kg pure cream
1kg coconut milk powder

Frozen coconut shavings
550g coconut cream base
275g double cream

Whipped coconut cream
500g coconut cream base
250g double cream

Chocolate glaze
250g sugar
250g water
100ml cream
100g cocoa powder
50g 66% caraibe chocolate
3 gelatine leaves (titanium)

Soft ganache
200g 64% manjari chocolate
200g 70% amedei chocolate
425g pure cream
75g unsalted butter (room temperature)



Preheat oven to 160°C. Turn on ice cream machine to chill.

For the lamington sponge:

Lightly spray a ¼ sized gastro tray with canola oil spray, then line with baking paper.

Place eggs and sugar into a stand up mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, and whisk until light and fluffy. Fold in sifted flour then pour out mixture into the lined gastro tray.

Place the tin into the oven and bake until lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Once lightly golden, remove from oven and set aside on bench, still in the gastro tray, and rest for 20 minutes.

Once rested, turn out sponge cake onto a cooling rack and set aside on bench to cool completely until required.

For the cherry ice-cream:

Strain juice through a fine sieve and measure out 150g of the strained juice into a medium sized saucepan. Bring to the boil. Measure out remaining 200g of the strained juice into a separate bowl and set aside until required.

Meanwhile, place egg yolks and sugar into a medium sized bowl and whisk together until pale and creamy. Whisk boiling strained juice into the egg and sugar mixture, and place over a pot of boiling water. Whisk until mixture reaches 80-85°C, then place straight over and ice bath and whisk until mixture cools to at least 8°C.

Once temperature has come down to 8°C, whisk in cream and remaining 200ml of strained cherry juice. Pass through a fine chinois and transfer to the ice cream machine. Churn until set.

Once set, transfer ice cream mixture to a 1/6 gastro tray and cover with a square of go-between. Place in freezer until required.

For the cherry jam:

Strain cherries and remove stones. Set the pitted cherries aside in a bowl and discard liquid. Place cherry jam into a small saucepan over low heat and gently bring it to the boil. Once boiling, add pitted wild cherries and simmer, gently stirring for one minute.

Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Once cooled, transfer to clean bowl and set aside in the fridge until required.

For the coconut cream base:

Place milk, cream, and sugar into a saucepan over a medium heat and bring to the boil, stirring gently.

Place coconut milk powder into a bowl. Once milk and cream mixture is boiling, pour onto coconut powder and whisk well until smooth. Pass mixture through a chinois into a clear bowl, and set over an ice bath to cool down to 3°C.

Measure out 500g of coconut cream base into a clean bowl for the whipped coconut cream and set aside in the fridge until required.

Measure out 550g of coconut cream base into a separate bowl for the Frozen Shavings and set aside in the fridge until required.

For the frozen shavings:

Line a ½ sized gastronome tray with baking paper.

Add double cream to the coconut cream base and place into a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk until soft peaks form. Pour 820g of the mixture into prepared gastronome tray and level off with an offset metal palet knife. Place into the blast freezer until firm.

Once firm, turn out frozen coconut block from tray and cut into 4 even sized blocks. Wrap blocks individually in baking paper and set aside in freezer until required.

For the whipped coconut cream:

Add double cream to reserved coconut cream base and place into a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk until just stiff peak stage. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside in fridge until required.

For the chocolate glaze:

Start by placing gelatine in a bowl of iced water to soften.

Half fill a small saucepan with water and bring to the boil.

Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer. Place chocolate into a medium heatproof bowl and place over the saucepan of simmering water until melted completely. Keep warm until required.

Meanwhile, bring sugar, cream, water, and cocoa powder to the boil. Whisk well and simmer for 1 minute. Strain liquid, add melted chocolate and gelatine. Once incorporated, strain again and keep at room temperature.

For the soft ganache:

Combine chopped Amedei and Manjari chocolate in a medium sized bowl.

Bring cream to the boil, then immediately pour over the chocolate. Stir until smooth and set aside until the ganache reaches 36°C.

Once the the chocolate mixture has reached temperature, add butter a little at a time, blending well after each addition with a stick blender. Continue adding butter until ganache is fully emulsified and shiny, being careful not to incorporate too much air after each addition. Transfer into a piping bag and set aside on a cool bench until required.

To assemble:

To finish the frozen shavings, first sit a mandolin flat across an insulated steel bowl of liquid nitrogen. Take a frozen coconut block out of the freezer and shave the longest side using even pressure. Ensure the shavings are thin and submerged in the liquid nitrogen.

To produce the lamington mixture, trim crusts off the lamington sponge. Tear the fluffy inside into small morsels. Pick 8 pieces and place in a small bowl. Take one heaped tablespoon of cherry jam and dot over the morsels of sponge cake in the bowl ensuring the jam is evenly distributed. Pipe 8 small mounds of soft ganache, roughly the same quantity as jam, and distribute evenly inside the bowl. Add 2 ½ heaped tablespoons of the whipped coconut cream to the bowl and gently fold ingredients together to roughly combine all ingredients. The mix should be a single mass, but each ingredient should still be clearly identifiable in the mixture. Do not over mix.

Place square mould into serving bowl, and fill half way with lamington mixture.

Using a 35ml ice-cream scoop, scoop a ball of cherry ice-cream out and drop into liquid nitrogen for 20 seconds. Remove from nitrogen and but the ball of cherry ice cream into the square mould. Fill the square mould with remaining lamington mixture, completely encasing ice-cream. Level off the surface with an offset palette knife until very smooth.

Blowtorch the four sides of the mould just enough to loosen, and lift mould away from the bowl.

Check that the glaze is 21°C. Cover the surface of lamington mix with just enough glaze to evenly coat and cover the top surface and edges.

Using a slotted spoon, carefully scoop the frozen coconut shavings from the bowl of liquid nitrogen and arrange evenly around the lamington square. Use to caution to assure none of the shavings touch or spill over onto chocolate glaze. Serve immediately.


Make A Reservation

Make A Reservation

Introducing Bennelong Ensembles, a series of intimate performances in partnership with the Sydney Opera House from 29 October to 20 December.

The performance schedule has been confirmed for performances from 29 October through to 20 December, with tickets now on sale.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bennelong soon.

Please note, tables for two guests are in high demand and are usually the first to book out. Tables for four are more readily available. If your requested date is unavailable, gather friends or family for a table of four.