Last Sunday, Sydney had beautiful weather. And what better to do on a gorgeous Sunday morning? Go for a late breakfast. I knew that The Carrington in Surry Hills had a new brekky menu so I was keen to check it out.
The Carrington is your old-fashioned neighbourhood pub with good food and good vibes. This pub-come-restaurant sits proudly on a quieter corner of Bourke St, away from the masses and certainly holding its own since it re-opened mid 2011.
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d walked into the wrong place for breakfast (like I did), as you enter through the front part of The Carrington, with dim lighting and dark-undertones, which is the pub zone. But just ask the friendly barman and they will direct you down towards the back of the pub where you enter a completely different realm, filled with great natural lighting and a vibrant, colourful restaurant/cafe setting.
It’s hard to pin-point the exact theme the self-dubbed Spanglish restaurant is going for. It features 1950s red diner booths with small, round tables big enough for two, set against a backdrop of a teal-grey-coloured wall.
One thing The Carrington doesn’t lack is creativity, such as the decoration of their wall lights which are masked under black and white Spanish-style awnings, as well as various pot plants that sit in metal racks attached to the ceiling. It’s definitely eclectic and a bit of a hodgepodge, but it’s got great character. You feel at home, comfortable, like you could sit there chatting for hours.
But more importantly – their new breakfast menu. The menu changes with the season, so there are a few new dishes and some improvements on regulars’ favourites. Though the menu is not quintessentially Spanish, there’s plenty to choose from, ranging from the traditional, and let’s face it, boring dishes, like Eggs, Bacon, Sausage and Toast ($20), to the bold and daring dishes like Fried Chicken and Waffles with Maple Hot-Sauce ($16). Yes, you read that right. Other appealing dishes include the Salt Cod and Morcilla Hash ($16), Empanada Rocheros ($15) and Griddle Cakes with Coffee-Soaked Prunes and Maple Ice-Cream ($16).
Then there’s the not-so-Spanish meals which sound no less tasty, like a NYC Bagel ($12) and your B.L.F.T ($12) – (the F stands for fried-tomatoes).
I went for the Griddle Cakes and my friend opted for the Fried Chicken and Waffles and as soon as her meal came out I most certainly had ‘I want what she’s having’ jealousy. However, both meals were extremely satisfying and flavoursome.
The griddle cakes were thick and soft, which was a great pairing with the sweetness of the maple ice-cream and interesting flavour combo of prunes and coffee. But the chicken and waffles – that was something from another world. If eaten together, you first get an explosion of tasty, slightly spicy chicken, which is then over-taken by the sweetness and softness of the waffles. Drizzled with hot maple-sauce and you’ve got yourself one serious foodgasm, and I don’t use that word lightly.
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21 thoughts on “The Carrington, Surry Hills”
I haven’t made it for breakfast or brunch here yet but I have to say that I love the bite sized churro with the tea and coffee! :D
Definitely do! And I know, I know it sounds weird but try the chicken and waffles – it’s just too good. Haha I was a bit too excited when I saw my coffee coming with one!
Oh wow, reading this while staring down my healthful smoothie, I have serious envy and I want what you had!!
What!? You’re eating healthy food!? For shame! Haha no I kid I drink healthy smoothies too but it’s so much more fun and tasty to eat fried chicken and waffles ;)
Oh, far out. I wish I was in Sydney right now!!! I love the sound of that spicy chicken with soft, sweet waffles. Ah, why am I eating a bowl of Sultana Bran right now?!! I also need to add that ‘griddle cake’ sounds so much more awesome than ‘pancake’. I’m calling all of my pancakes and hotcakes ‘griddle cakes’ from now on! The combination of the prunes in coffee sounds fascinating. You are such a wonderful writer Ally; I can see you reviewing restaurants for The Australian or some other publication (like Delicious magazine! Yes!) in the future xxx
Oh Laura your comments always make me smile they are too lovely!! Haha when you come to Sydney The Carrington brekky is a must! But then again there are so many “must!” places you’d be spending all your time eating! But that’s never a bad thing :)
Well … my dream is writing for Gourmet Traveller! We shall see ;) xxx
Oh, I reckon you’ll get there! Gourmet Traveller is an amazing read, I definitely get completely engrossed when I pick it up in cafes (though that might just be further indication of my food obsession!). I definitely wouldn’t mind eating my way around Sydney… ah, it’s in the pipeline! xx
I reckon I will too :) I’m very determined and no challenge is too big!! xx
I traveled to Sydney last year for a conference and stayed in Surry Hills for one blissful night on my own. I passed the Carrington but ran out of time to visit – wish I had now. It looks gorgeous.
You can always come back and visit! :)
Wow, this place looks delicious! I was in Sydney a few years ago but unfortunately didn’t get much time to check out local restaurants. This place looks right up my alley — and I’m a huge sucker for breakfast food (I’ll eat it for every meal of the day, I swear)!
Thanks for dropping by my blog, as well! As a very obsessed foodie, I’m in love with yours already — linking you now!
My favorite cafe is one with all day breakfast! (Although this place doesn’t do all day brekky). Breakfast food is my favorite kind too!
Thanks Halie! As you know I love yours too!! X
This looks amazing! I’m adding this to my list of places to visit!
Ps I love your blog, so I added you to my Kreativ Bloggers nominations list =]
Glad you think so! :) Thanks so much Gabby – appreciate it!! xx
I just had breakfast but now, I am salivating again! 😀it all looks very appetizing! Thanks for this lovely post!
Every time I look at the griddle cakes and chicken and waffles I start salivating too!
mmmm fried chicken :)
Haha I’m with you on that Annie :)
Yes to Carrington chicken and waffles!