We have visited Q dining a few times now and find it to be one of the most relaxing spots to have a quality meal by the harbour for extremely reasonable prices.
Location wise you’ll find the restaurant on the second floor of the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour. Situated on the level below the Pullman’s stunning Hacienda bar.
Whilst the restaurant closed for a while during all the Covid lockdowns, we are pleased to announce that it is back in operation on Friday and Saturday nights. We chose to book in early as we like to enjoy the sunset by the harbour whilst dining. By the time we left it was getting super busy so clearly people have got the memo it’s reopened, which is a great thing.
The views here are incredible, your table gets a prime view of Sydney Harbour and the Ferries coming in, as well as views of the iconic Sydney Harbour bridge.
The floor to ceiling glass windows provides natural light into the space. The restaurant feels luxurious and we feel that the colour palette, with its green and peach tones oozes modern sophistication. Green leather couches, marble tables and wooden chairs all blends nicely.
We also love the contrast with the sparkly and enormous pendant lights, such a stunning stylistic feature.
Q dining offers ala carte menus (which we’ve had before), but on this occasion we visited with 2 other diners and opted for the shared menu. If you’re in a party of 4 or more, then the shared menu is a great option. For $69 per person, it is super reasonable considering the sheer quantity of food that is also high quality on presentation and taste.
The focus of the dining menu is the use of sustainable, ethical and seasonal ingredients, something we strongly align with. In addition, the inspiration of their menu items are native ingredients, a very on trend perspective is also something we love. Each dish is carefully considered in its development and arrangement, and as such you’re in for a treat for the senses.
For $69 a person, there are a range of entrees and mains as well as bread for the table. If you would also like dessert, it’s a $10 add on but we were too full and highly satisfied by this stage.
The shared entrees included a charcuterie platter, which comes with a range of quality cold cuts including air died and cured meats (prosciutto, sopressa, salami), served with some nicely flavoured crackers.
This was presented with a few other lovely dishes including one of our favourites; the Tasmanian salmon crudo. The diced salmon was served with chargrilled sweetcorn, black olives had a zesty lemon chilli dressing through the seafood mix.
In addition, a refreshing heirloom beetroot salad came with Woodside goats curd, grapefruit and beetroot leaves. We also loved their take on a beef tartar. Served in a crispy cracker with sour cream and a jalapeno in top, this bite size morsel was a delight for the senses.
The pièce de résistance was the stunning piece of slow-cooked lamb shoulder from Cowra NSW. The huge piece of lamb saw us delight in its appearance before tucking in with the tongs. The meat felt off the bone and was melt in your mouth perfection. The flavour was perfect and well matched with a herb pesto which was smothering the top of the meat. Served with fresh herbs and toasted seeds, we just kept going back for more. Such a generous serve, we struggled to finish it, but we did as it was too good not to.
The light pan-roasted Con Bay barramundi fillet was beautifully cooked in a spicy ginger fish broth and plated with sauté shitake mushroom, snake beans and cashews. The barramundi was a great option to serve alongside the meat for the shared dining menu .
The sides included a super tasty oven-baked pumpkin, topped with greens, as well as a seasonal garden lettuce and fresh herb salad with yoghurt dressing and some shoestring fries with flaky sea salt.
The food was perfect for sharing, we shared between four, but it would be a great option for a birthday dinner or celebration. The amount of food was extremely generous and of a high quality. The entrees all came out together and similarly for the mains, showing skill of the chefs with a time management and execution.
You can also get a range of beers, wines and some beautiful cocktails to accompany your dinner.
Note – it’s a Covid19 safe venue with safety of our patrons and staff being of extreme importance. Precautions are taken in accordance with Government regulations with socially distanced tables, hand sanitiser stations, venue clean in between seatings, and fully sanitised glass and tableware. You also check in on arrival with the QR reader and view the menu in the same manner.
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
61 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Dinner – Friday-Sat: 5:00- 9:30pm