Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Level 3/61 Macquarie St
(02) 9256 4022
In Spanish, Hacienda translates to a home or dwelling, a place to come together. Part of the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour hotel, Hacienda is a meeting point for a diverse crowd of travellers and locals, who flock to the venue to enjoy the impressive views of Sydney Harbour and catch up over cocktails and share plates.
Upon entering Hacienda, you’ll be struck by the chic, vintage botanical theme. It is a luxurious but comfortable space that evokes a dreamy, pastel 1950s Miami Hotel and the plantation architecture of Cuba. If you can peel your eyes away from the quay below, look up to the impressive floral ceiling, which is decorated with lush plants and wisteria vines.
Head towards the sun-drenched bar and order yourself a drink. The list pulls on techniques from classic Cuban drinks, and features fruit-driven cocktails alongside heavier liquor-based concoctions designed to appease the most discerning palates.
Start the night with Hacienda’s take on a classic Pina Colada, the Cayo Coco Colada, or if you’re in need of a caffeine hit, don’t look past the salted coconut espresso martini. Alongside a diverse wine and beer list, liquor buffs will be pleased to hear the back bar is well stocked with various rums and whiskies to enjoy alongside your meal.
The menu is overseen by the hotel Executive Chef, Stefan Brademann, and continues the venue’s Latin American theme. Stefan takes inspiration from Cuba’s traditional trading partners and their native ingredients, so you’ll find modern interpretations of traditional flavours. Take the Cuban Reuban, for example: Cuban-spiced homemade pastrami with smoky cheese and Marrickville pickles, served in a cigar box.
If you’re out with a crowd, order a selection of dishes to share, starting with the tapioca cheese bites and capsicum salsa. Corn on the cob comes with grated manchego and zesty lime salt. Cheese lovers should not go past the jamon croquettes, served with a rich cheese sauce.
Move onto some larger plates, for serious flavour hits. Try the Vaca Frita, tender charred skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, or for a Cuban take on battered fish, opt for the tortilla with battered local flathead tails, slaw and candied jalapeños. Churros with dulce de leche provide guests with the ideal sweet note to finish on.
The beautiful view to the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the only giveaway that you’re still firmly planted in Australia. Hacienda is an inner city oasis, where you’ll leave feeling suitably refreshed – almost as if you’ve been on an exotic holiday back in time to the art-deco paradise of Cuba.