We have been to Q Dining before and loved it, so we revelled in the opportunity to return, for the amazing, waterfront location and approachable menu with food of a high quality, ticks all our boxes.￼
Q dining restaurant resides on the second floor of the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, a level below Hacienda bar. We like that the restaurant has undergone renovations in the last year, making this a stunning space. With its floor to ceiling glass windows enabling clear views of the iconic Sydney Harbour bridge, ferries, cruise ships and a panorama of Circular Quay, you could really sit here for hours. The location also provides natural light into the space, and perfect to watch the sunset.
The space feels luxurious and we feel that the colour palette, with its green and peach tones is very much on trend.
Green leather couches, marble tables and wooden chairs all blends nicely. Especially with the contrast of the sparkly and enormous pendant lights shimmering from above.
The menu has a good mix of items from the land and sea and with a range of entrees, small and larger plates, as well as generously proportioned sides, you’ll certainly find something to suit everyone. They cater well for vegetarian and gluten free diners.
This time we were back to sample some of the items from the new menu. Whilst some if their previous menu dishes remained, like the charcuterie plate, since they were favourites amongst diners, we like that the menu also adapts seasonally to ensure they’re using the best of the local produce in season.
If you’re here with a group of 4 or more, we’d recommend the tasting menu, at only $69 per person, it’s super reasonable and gives you a great way to try an array of dishes. They do also have a pre-theatre menu for the early diners amongst us.
We begin with some olive bread, served with Pepe Saya butter. We really like that the venue uses bread from the “bread and butter project”, a social enterprise which provides employment and training for refugees and asylum seekers.
A super refreshing and light dish was the beetroot cured Tasmanian ocean trout, which had lovely flavours from a lemon mustard dressing and beautifully presented with shaved beetroot, greens and whipped feta.
Our favourite dish of the sitting was the lamb rump. The NSW Cowra raised lamb was slowly cooked which made it nice and tender and the natural flavours of the meal shone through. It was served with rustic honey thyme glazed carrots and a carrot puree. A simply amazing meal and we recommend ordering this.
Another favourite was the Queensland red snapper, a generous piece which was perfectly cooked and the sauce of a roasted tomato dressing, black olive, almond cream had flavoured the fish well. Topped with summer squash, it is ideal for spring.
The mains are generous portions of the proteins but you do need to grab yourself some sides. Baked carrots with whipped ricotta or shoestring fries might be your go to, but we opted for the pumpkin and broccolini. The pumpkin was a generous bowl that had been baked and seasoned with smoked paprika and nuts. Accompanying this, we also tried the steamed broccolini with peanuts flavoured with red chili which provided a refreshing and flavourful complement to the plate.
We felt like we ordered well for our dining party, and despite being well satisfied, we had left room for some dessert. From the new dessert list, they are really fitting with spring colours and fruits. We opted for the “strawberry cream”, a caramelised white chocolate parfait, with strawberry, mascarpone foam and pistachio sponge. It had been layered nicely and topped with the foam, meringue and freeze dried strawberries. All elements worked really nicely together.
We really enjoyed our revisit to Q Dining and impressed to see the new menu maintaining its high standards. In such a beautiful spot, it’s really a restaurant to add to your foodie bucket list.
Thank you to all staff for their hospitality and to Pendulum Communications for arranging our visit.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
61 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Breakfast – Mon-Sun: 7–11am
Lunch – Mon-Sun: 12–3pm
Dinner – Mon-Sat: 5:30–9:30pm | Sun: Closed