Adding a touch of Cuban flair to Pullman Quay Grand’s lavish atmosphere, new vista bar Hacienda made its presence known this week, welcoming 200 guests through its doors. The bar’s influences consist of botanical elements with a hint of plantation sheik and all the trimmings of Miami inspired vintage architecture, whilst taking complete advantage of Circular Quay’s famous harbour views.
Guests were greeted by an unexpectedly relaxed lush setting accentuated by luxurious pastel furnishings, softly lit candles and high-end finishes of marble and wood. A labour of love borne out of a partnership between Applejack Hospitality (SoCal Neutral Bay, Delta Hyde, and others) and Accorhotels, Applejack have worked with food and beverage manager Adam Leonardi and Executive Chef Stefan Brademann to transform not only the venue but the menu, of which select items were translated into canapes at a recent launch night.
Two signature cocktails formed part of the drinks on offer at the launch event, a beautifully presented Bottled Mojito – Blanco rum, crème de menthe, lime, mint, falernum, orange bitters delivered a strong minty kick and a biting savoury Old Presidente – aged rum, orange curacao, house spiced raspberry syrup & Angostura bitters served in a smoked rocks glass. Veuve Clicquot as well as a premium selection of wine and beer were also made available throughout the night.
Latin and American flavours dominated the dishes served out of the kitchen, making good use of traditional Cuban staples and locally abundant ingredients. Sumptuous mouthfuls of Blackened rice crisps topped with delicate juicy crab, salty caviar & finger lime and tender Scallop ceviche topped shrimp crackers emphasised Brademann’s quest for quality and freshness.
Common South American root vegetable Yucca (also known as Cassava) proved deliciously starchy cut into fries paired with a tangy red pepper sauce whilst the Pao De Quejo – Tapioca cheese bites & capsicum salsa left a chewy glutinous mouthfeel.
Soft fluffy Jamon croquettes, Cajun spiced grilled prawns and Vaca frita – charred skirt steak with chimichurri made the rounds as well as Hacienda’s signature Cuban Reuben – Cuban spiced homemade pastrami, smokey cheese & Marrickville pickles carried about waiters necks in wooden boxes. Churros with dulce de leche and Pumpkin & ginger flan provided guests with a sweet finish.
The diligent detail in Hacienda’s surroundings from the gloriously bright Wisteria draped from the ceiling to the parquetry flooring and playful ornamental pieces alluding to travel all add to an otherworldly charm patrons would feel hard-pressed not to be drawn into. Combined with Latin beats and friendly, attentive service, the venue has placed itself as a premium destination for Pullman Quay residents and visitors, giving the area a stylish new drinking den with a million dollar view.
Address: 61 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000
Hours: Open 7 days a week from 12 till late
Images supplied and credited to Guy Davies