Looking for somewhere we could see Vivid without cold and crowds, I stumbled upon Bar Patron. On the old site of Cafe Nice and the pop-up Ananas, Bar Patron is the latest restaurant from the Rockpool Group in collaboration with Cafe Patron. The Mexican themed menu and variations of magheritas looked pretty good so off we headed.
Arriving at the restaurant, we were shown to a seat at the bar. Rockpool have changed the space around moving the bar to the wall on the left and using Sydney (and many, many bottles of Cafe Patron) as its backdrop.
The restaurant was incredibly busy, so it was a little while before the staff was able to get to us. But the good thing about busy is buzzy. The Bar Patron team have removed all the internal walls as well to open up the space and make it into one big, open, bright area. With all the noise and music, it makes for a great atmosphere.
We did eventually get the waiter’s attention and were given menus to look over.
As expected being in Bar Patron, there was a list of margheritas to chose from. I went for the standard classic while the boy decided to enjoy a beer.
We wanted to order everything on the menu but the recommendation was “order a few things and then see how you go”. Looking at the smaller things, we started with the chicken tostadas.
I was a little bit surprised the chicken was cold but the flavour was amazing. It had frejoles at the bottom and a spicy abodo sauce on the top but this was balanced perfectly with the avocado and queso on the top. Excellent little mouthful to start the evening.
Then we moved onto the quesadilla.
Love that little splonge of sauce on the top! I’m a sucker for anything with cheese and jalapeños but the zucchini flowers really made this dish. The jalapeños weren’t too hot and the zucchini flowers made it a little sweet. I also loved that green salsa that they were served with. It wasn’t too spicy, just perfectly flavourful.
We kept that for the next dish too, which was empanadas.
I love empanadas. We went with the traditional beef over the mushroom. It was definitely worth it. Again, they were perfectly spiced! Not too hot but had a definite warmth to them. The queso and lettuce on the top added an extra bit of freshness to them, just when you thought it was starting to get a little bit much. We also kept the green salsa which went really well with them.
So after our starters, we went back to the menu to decide our next few items. The boy really, really, really wanted the guacamole and chips even though it was a little bit standard for a Mexican restaurant.
Well, it wasn’t a standard guacamole. It was absolutely delicious. It was freshly made and the avocado hasn’t been beaten to a plup, so it still had some of it’s integrity. It had little flecks of red onion and tomato adding little flavour bursts to the guacamole. Also, the chips were clearly freshly made as well.
There was much debate over which tacos to order. While El Pastor is always a favourite in our house, I don’t like pineapple and while I love prawns, the boy doesn’t believe they belong on a taco. Eventually we arrived at fish tacos with deep fried flathead, sour cream and pico de gallo. They were absolutely delicious… Again, the balance was absolute perfect. Just when the pico de gallo was getting a little bit hot, the lettuce, sour cream and queso would balance it out. Yummy and crunchy (and messy).
For our final dish, we ordered the Cochinita Pibil Tortilla.
I loved that the tortillas came in their own little sleeping bag to keep them warm 🙂 Honestly, this was probably a little too much food for me but the boy definitely enjoyed it. I loved making my own little tortilla with the beautifully slow cooked pork. It was so amazing – again, the spicing was done to perfection. The rice was really flavourful, done with tomato and stock and the slaw and pickled cabbage added an awesome freshness. I absolutely loved this dish!
Overall, we walked away happy and absolutely stuffed. Bar Patron is definitely a fantastic add to the Aussie food scene. I loved the view, the vibe and most of all, the food.
2 Phillip St
Sydney, NSW 2000