The Cortile
InterContinental Hotel
117 Macquarie St
Sydney CBD

Fancy a bit of luxury and indulgence? Who doesn't from time to time! Well a visit to the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney for their "Live at the Cortile with the SSO" is a bit of magic that you'll remember for a long time - and best of all it's a series.

The InterContinental Sydney has partnered with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to put together some lovely soiree's in The Cortile Bar and Lounge (right in the middle of the Hotel).

You can sit back and enjoy beautiful music in lovely surroundings, sip fine drinks (including vintage Moet & Chandon) and eat delicious food designed to match the music - this time it was Argentinian tango. And best of all it's extremely affordable.

Apart from the lovely surroundings of The Cortile, the next thing we were greeted with after we were seated was a glass of 2004 vintage Moet & Chandon. It's such a lovely way to start a sophisticated evening! Then a short while later the five piece section from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra started playing and the outside world just seemed to disappear. 

The food, designed to match the music, was in two nicely presented sets.

The first had tasty empanadas - described as empanada Argentina; tortilla de patata con cebolla - potato tortilla with onion; char-grilled chorizo on garlic bread with parsley pesto - lightly spicy and tangy and finally a rich provoleta on ciabatta bread. Even though they were canapes they were actually a good size.

After the first food matching we were served our second drink - this time a martini. It looked as good as it tasted with the subdued light filtering through the glass creating a lovely glow.

The second set of food again came in four portions, but this time two were desserts. We started with Milanesa (a good sized piece of crumbed steak) with salsa blanca then had a lovely Patagonian toothfish with roasted red capsicum. Then the desserts - some of the best churros we've had, with decadent chocolate dipping sauce that Mlady devoured and finally alfajor con dulce de leche - normally biscuits filled with caramel but in this case almost an Eaton mess adaption. So tasty!


It was just so wonderful to sit back and listen to the captivating music of the SSO while tasting delicious food and sipping lovely drinks in such beautiful surroundings!

You get all this for only $50 per person as well (or $25 for the cocktail and the music) - which is outstanding value.

We're keen to return and do this next time!

Sir and Mlady were guests of the InterContinental Hotel. Special thanks to Executive Chef Tamas Pamer for the lovely food and Abigail Murphy - Marketing Manager from InterContinental. Thanks also to Lea and Sophie from Ogilvy Public Relations for arranging our visit.

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