Surry Hills is full of great dining spots and although I’m more often in the area for brunch, there is so much more on offer. We’re here at the recently opened Sugar Ray’s Bar today, on the busy corner of Crown and Cleveland streets, the spot previously occupied by Iris Black.
Although it’s not exactly vibing when we visit at opening time at the beginning of the week, we’re actually loving the comfy homey feel of the studded leather lounges and framed photos on the wall. Mostly of sports, Sugar Ray’s Bar is a US Sport bar afterall!
There’s no shortage of creative cocktails on the menu, which is just as well as I don’t really drink beers of wines and the Passionfruit Caiprinha is right up my alle, a refreshingly sweet fruity fix.
We couldn’t leave without trying something a little different, and the Mister Miyagi Flip was definitely unlike any other cocktail we’d had before, a creamy coconut milk based concoction with a resemblance to matcha ice cream. But spiked with Japanese whisky!
If you’re looking for something to accompany your drinks, salt & vinegar fries would be our pick. It’s a generous basket of thin cut potato fries, with a good measure of saltiness and tang to keep you wanting more.
There’s plenty more options on Sugar Ray’s bar food menu. If you’re looking for your typical pub staples you won’t find them here, but what you will find are tasty tapas style dishes.
We weren’t too sure what Pork Belly Puffs meant when we ordered them, but were totally glad that we did. If you’re wondering too, they’re small smoked corn puff boats filled with thinly sliced pork belly. It’s refreshingly different and the zing from the pickled fennel, red cabbage, basil dressing add a touch of freshness.
For something a little more substantial, go for the Barramundi Tortillas. Served on two squid inked flour tortillas, there’s a mountain of grilled barramundi, guacamole and saffron peperonata, dressed with baby coriander, paprika and a squeeze of lime juice. There’s so much going on we can forsee a bit of a mess digging into this, so we took the safer option and devoured these with a knife and fork- just as delicious but a lot cleaner!