Elegant, harbourside dining venue, Q Dining, located within Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour has been reimagined following a full refurbishment. Taking inspiration from its iconic location where the land meets the sea, between the verdant oasis of the Botanic Gardens and sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, Q Dining has not only refurbished it’s interiors but it has also completely reimagined its menu.
Recently Sydney Social 101 headed to Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay to check out Q Dining and saying that we were ‘Very Impressed’ would be an understatement.
Walking into the venue we were warmly greeted by staff and lead to our table by the floor-to-ceiling glass windows with a stunning view of Sydney Harbour. The newly revamped space is sophisticated and stylish yet warm and relaxed. Think: light marble table tops, natural timber chairs, plush pink clay soft furnishings and native botanical flourishes, including a bespoke display canopy which arches over the bar. Out highlight for the new look was the firework inspired light features that hung from the roof- stunning!
We were glad we got a large table as we got a little carried away when we saw the menu and wanted to try EVERYTHING! The a la carte menu, designed by Executive Chef, Brett Humphries, focuses on land and sea dishes, infusing native flavours and using only sustainable, ethical and locally sourced produce. Brett worked closely with Aboriginal communities to source rare, artisanal ingredients, which form the basis of many dishes at Q Dining.
To start we ordered a selection of Oysters in three flavours Natural, salty Japanese heat and refreshing Cucumber granita & lime. The oysters were super fresh and I would definitely recommend trying each of the variations (they were all so good!). We also enjoyed the salad of poached pears, lamb lettuce, blueberry, gorgonzola cream, candy beetroot crisps which was flavorsome and crisp.
Whilst we waited for our mains we nibbled on incredibly moreish freshly baked, thick sliced bread served with butter and balsamic. Q Dining’s bread comes from The Bread & Butter Project which invests in training and employment pathways for refugee and asylum seekers.
Up next were we ordered a number of mains to share/ fight over. Dishes included a divine and tender 12 Hour Port Lincoln Octopus served with chorizo and handmade Ravioli Aperto Black Ink Dough with Fresh Caponata, Ricotta Fondue, Basil and Chive Foam which not only looked beautiful but tasted absolutely beautiful too. The star of the mains for us was the Patagonian Tooth Fish accompanied by Saltbush Leaves, Amuse Bouche Carrots, Candied Muntries (an indigenous berry with a unique spicy apple flavour), Macadamia Crumb and Bisque. This was our first time trying this deep water fish (usually found 45 and 3,850 m in the southern Atlantic) and it did not disappoint. The fish melted in our mouths while the skin was beautiful and crispy ( usually I don’t eat fish skin but this skin was heavenly!) and the accompaniments went beautifully together. Definitely get the Tooth Fish if you are a fish lover!
Although we were completely full, dessert was still a must. As I am a total Choc-aholic we opted for the Textures of Chocolate- a smorgasbord featuring Feral Plum, Strawberry, Eucalyptus Oil and Warm Chocolate Fudge. With exciting indigenous flavours and varied textures and types of chocolate, there was a chocolate to suit everyone! The perfect end to a modern Australian feast!
Q Dining has an extensive wine and drinks list and we made sure that we tried as many as we could. Starting with white and then moving to rose and then red we had a wine to suit each of our dishes. An absolute stand out for us was the 2016 AIX, Aix En Provence, Rose. If you are like us and sometimes find it hard to pick a bottle the very friendly and knowledgeable staff are there to assist.
Speaking of staff, the service at Q Dining is the best service I have ever had. They were helpful, informative, attentive and really made the evening exceptional for us. They made us feel relaxed and very well looked after!
Q Dining is the epitome of modern Australian dining, perfect for all occasions, from corporate lunches
and intimate dinners to catching up with family and friends. An exquisite dining destination with an
iconic view, the new Q Dining is a tribute to the treasured acreage and shores of Australia, from design
Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Qdining.com.au | @qdining
Q Dining Opening Hours:
Breakfast – Mon-Sun: 7am – 11am
Lunch – Mon-Sun: 12pm – 2:30pm (last seating)
Dinner – Mon-Weds: 5:30pm – 9:00pm