This week Neil Perry will be adding another feather to his cap. The culinary director of incredible venues like Rockpool and Spice Temple is bringing Mexican food to the city, and he's collaborating with Patrón tequila to do it.

Bar Patrón by Rockpool will be opening to the public this Thursday, launching with a menu that includes quintessential Mexican snacks like fresh tortillas with housemade salsas like pineapple habanero or dry chili salsa, queso fundido, a chorizo and melted cheese dish, or chicken cornflour tamales. There are also larger share platters like chicken with red salsa or an amazing marinated skirt steak served with tortillas, red rice, refried beans and grilled fresh cheese.   

Good, hearty Mexican food calls for plenty to drink, and Bar Patrón has tequila cocktails in spades. Try the Ponche de Granada, a spritz style cocktail made with barrel aged tequila, pomegranate, hibiscus, agave and champagne. There's also the Dess Pasito, a tribute to that song we couldn't get out of our heads, even if we didn't know any of the words. The drink comes in with a dressed Passiona can on  the side and has tequila, Campari, lychee and lemon.

dess passito

The space is beautiful, tucked into a building on Phillip Street behind Circular Quay's wharf 3. The white palate punctuated by lush greenery, brass fixtures and plush leather upholstery is inspired by Mexican haciendas and Carribean and Creole bungalows - basically everything holiday packed into one CBD space. There are intimate and shared tables, but the best seat in the house is at the marble bar with its view of Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge.

We know where we'll be Thursday night. 

Neil Perry opens a late-night Mexican eatery in the CBD