The Carrington, Surry Hills
The Carrington – Specialite: Beba y Cene has been on my list of places to go. It is a casual pub that serves Spanish and Tapas like food. I don’t remember what this place was like prior, it is right opposite Il Barreto, but Chef Jamie Thomas has created a new menu – pub grub with a Spanish touch.
I was catching up with S and suggested this place, he too has wanted to try this place for a while now. We rocked up for lunch at about 12.30pm and the place was relatively empty. The menu is vast, plenty to choose from, from snacks to salads, to mains, to sandwiches, burgers and even lunch time specials.
We started with the special – $10 plate which consists of crumbed mussels, tuna tostadia and pork belly slider. It had us both at ‘pork belly slider’.
Three perfectly round crumbed mussels which were beautifully cooked. Similar to a croquet, it was lightly battered, and the mussels with the slight chilli sauce was absolutely delicious. One ball each was definitely not enough.
The tuna tostadia I didn’t have, but I was informed that it was fresh and wonderful.
We were both in awe when we saw the pork belly slider – but only one? We had to share? Tender pork belly meat, on a slightly toasted bun – this was fantastic and I think we both could have at least eaten three of these little babies each!
Next came the spicy basque wings ($10). Served in a terracotta dish, marinated in spicy tomato sauce and slightly grilled were a little disappointing. I don’t know if it’s the sauce, or the grill but I was a little underwhelmed. But after eating the pork belly slider, anything would have been disappointing.
We also couldn’t go past the Media Noche (Cuban midnight sandwich $12) – double decker, triple pork, cheese and mustard toasted sandwich. WOW! It was huge – three slices of white bread and in between, roast pork, ham and cheese toasted until it was crispy and cheese stringy. It was a monster of a sandwich, and it was good. Again not as good as the pork belly slider but it was scrumptious.
We were stuffed, the Cuban midnight snack really was filling and couldn’t fit dessert. Originally, I had planned to go to Bourke Street Bakery to get some of their tarts, but I was defeated. Even dinner consisted of an apple of some watermelon, I was still very full.
I am definitely keen to try dinner with friends over beers and cocktails. You can check out their website for specials, pintxos happy hour and even new outdoor seating. Service was friendly and efficient, although there were only half a dozen people. Food came out relatively quickly and I think they should definitely have the pork belly slider on the menu permanently!
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
563 Bourke Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: +61 400 077 792