Bar Patrón by Rockpool
Mexican restaurant Bar Patrón by Rockpool is the antithesis of heavy, Tex-Mex food. Here Neil Perry – the culinary director of Rockpool Dining Group – serves authentic, non-carb-heavy Mexican dishes that highlight the freshness of the cuisine through the acidity of lime, the flavour of coriander and plenty of herbs.
The kitchen sends out made-to-order tortillas; ceviches; aguachiles (prawns in a citrus, chilli and coriander dressing); Mexico’s sandwich equivalent, the tosta; and a selection of tamales.
The venue is a collaboration between the Rockpool Dining Group and tequila brand Patrón Tequila, which has created a number of tequilas for this venue. There are rare and limited-edition tequilas, and five “barrel-select” tequilas. The idea is that, for everyone who loves a Negroni or an Old Fashioned, there’ll be a tequila-based alternative available.
The signature cocktail is the Millionaire Margarita. Made tableside, it features Patrón Gran Burdeo Extra Anejo ($85 a shot), Grand Marnier Cuvee de Cent Cinquantenaire, Remy Martin Louis XIII, fresh-pressed agave nectar, lime juice and an ice sphere topped with gold leaf.
The venue captures the relaxed vibrancy of a Mexican hacienda. A Carrara marble bar runs the length of the window; pull up a leather stool and take in the views of Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay. At Bar Patrón you can have a light business lunch, a Margarita and a bowl of salsa, or supper at 1am. On Thursday to Saturday nights there are DJs.