August 14, 2016


Located in Sydney’s foodie hub of Crows Nest, this unique new restaurant only opened in April this year and is one which the whole family will enjoy, from youngsters to grandparents. As the name suggests, the food is Mediterranean inspired but where MediTrainean differs from others serving this cuisine, the dishes arrive at your table via a train set up, think Japanese sushi train.

IMG_9547The well stocked train runs down the centre of the restaurant with seating on either side, where it is very easy to access the delicious food as it travels along the rails, on display to tempt the hungry diner. A huge variety of dishes, from Mediterranean inspired mezze tapas plates, covering entrée, main and dessert, all based on tasty home-style Mediterranean tastes, are just waiting to be chosen.

Diners also have the option to order fresh food from the flame grill.

Focussing on fresh ingredients, local produce and family favourite recipes, MediTrainean offers the diner the choice of a bar, table service or selections from the train that can be eaten either in the restaurant or packed and taken home.

MediTrainean’s blue and white interior, gives the diner a true Mediterranean region experience, especially when the sun filters in through the large windows.

When I went for lunch recently, I selected from the train some flat bread plus a dip of chickpea, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil – it was just too tempting watching it go past.

IMG_9585I could not choose between two of the delicious salads, so I had both. Pearl Cous Cous
with spiced roast pumpkin, apricots, dates, chickpeas, roasted walnuts and orange segments, as well as the Spiced Carrot chickpea, crumbled feta, sultanas, toasted almonds, mint, garlic, honey and dukkah. Highly recommend both of them.

For mains I decided to order from the grill. The Salmon Skewers in a citrus and dill marinade and Tiger Prawns
in fresh herbs, garlic & olive oil were absolutely delicious.

Even though I was no longer hungry, I could not leave without trying some of the desserts from the train which I had been eyeing all through the meal. The Roast Quince with crème fraiche, halva and rose petals was superb as was the Cheese Cake of baked ricotta, almond and pine nuts.

IMG_9562Licensed & BYO, MediTrainean Restaurant, 55 Alexander Street, Crows Nest, 2065 is open Tuesday & Wednesday 5.30pm-10pm, Thursday & Friday 12noon-10pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond



August 14, 2016


Sydney seems to have a huge selection of bars, but hey, there’s always room for one more, especially at Circular Quay.

Inspired by the grand plantation architecture of Cuba and mixed with the luxury modern vintage hotels of 1950’s Miami, “Hacienda” is located in the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour. With fabulous views of the Harbour Bridge and cruise ships docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, plus the many ferries darting around the harbour, Hacienda is a great place to relax with a cocktail, day or evening.


Sandra Tiltman enjoying a cocktail

I tried two of Hacienda’s signature cocktails during my recent visit, but I still can’t make up my mind as to which was my favourite. The “Bottled Mojito” of Blanco rum, crème de menthe, lime, mint, falernum, orange bitters and “Old Presidente” made from aged rum, orange curacao, house spiced raspberry syrup & Angostura bitters served in a smoked rocks glass had me wanting more. Both had my vote as being up there with some of the best cocktails I have tasted. Glad I had my designated driver by my side.

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Great drinks are not all that’s on offer at Hacienda. Award winning Executive Chef Stefan Brademann is at the helm of the kitchen, with a menu inspired by Cuba’s traditional trading partners and their local, abundant ingredients, to create dishes unique to Hacienda. With Latin and American delights such as blackened rice crisps topped with crab & finger lime, scallop ceviche, Yucca fries with red pepper sauce, Cajun spiced grilled prawns and Hacienda’s signature Cuban Reuben of Cuban spiced homemade pastrami, smokey cheese & Marrickville pickles, Hacienada is a foodie venue as well as a bar.

Hacienda prides itself on sharp service, a stylish drinks selection and delicious food in a truly unique Sydney setting.

Sandra Tiltman      Photos: John Pond