09 Jan 2023

Broadsheet Australia

From Black Angus Smash Burgers to Vegan Greek Salad: What’s for Dinner at Westpac Openair Cinema 2023

By Doug Wallen

With three distinct dining experiences ranging from casual to premium, the dining experience at Sydney’s waterside film festival is as attractive as the movies for some. In partnership with Westpac Openair, we speak to Kitchen by Mike chef Mike McEnearney about what delicacies he’s designed for the six-week season.

The top tier of dining at Openair is The Lounge by Whispering Angel, the event’s premium restaurant set on an elevated deck with grand views of the Opera House, bridge and skyline. Here the menu features an option to indulge in gourmet starters like chicken liver pâte, oysters and baked scallops and a prix-fixe two course menu where guests choose a main each, a selection of sides for the tables and a dessert each, which includes an apricot tarte fine – another Kitchen By Mike classic.

“The view from the dining platform is beautiful,” says McEnearney. “You have a really lovely evening, perched up there.”