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!
Passionfruit Caiprinha ($19)
Having spent the first 10 or so years of my life growing up in the west, Lone Star was always known to me as that funky looking house we drove past on the way to the shops. Not that I’d ever set foot in this Texas-inspired restaurant, but I can never forget its unique exterior. So when I realised there was another branch just 10 minutes away from work, I was keen to give it a go.
Wild West Wind Beer Battered Onion Rings ($7.95)
A quick online search tells me that Lone Star was actually once large chain with 180+ stores in the US, now dwindled down to 4. And although Lone Star has also closed many doors in Australia, it seems to be doing better, with some 8 branches in NSW- including the Blacktown branch that I remember clearly.
Saucy Biddy ‘Chicken’ Wings ($9.95 for 6)
I’m a huge fan of all things seafood, and if there’s one type of seafood that I don’t see enough of on restaurant menus it would be crab. So when I heard about the Crab Carnival at The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room with a complete menu dedicated to crab, I knew I had to visit. The Crab Carnival runs annually for roughly a month between March and April, and involves not only crab dishes, but also crab drinks and events (hermit crab racing anyone?)
Oysters ($4 each)
It’s not every day that you get a choice of 4 different salts to add to your food, at least not for me anyway. But then again it’s not every day that we dine in fancy restaurants like JPB (Just Pure Bistro) at the Swissotel. Infact, we rarely dine at restaurants like this (we like quantity perhaps a little more than we like quantity) but a recent Groupon deal did make it quite affordable for us to have a quiet birthday dinner here.
Black Garlic and Chive Damper
Situated on the 8th floor of Swissotel, right next to Crossroads bar (home to the famous high tea buffet), the restaurant is a nice dining space. If you’re lucky enough to get a seat next to the window as we did, you’ll have a lovely view of Sydney Tower towering above you.
The 5 course menu starts with the black garlic and chive damper with seaweed butter. The bread is nice and soft, though the butter didn’t really taste that different to normal butter.
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