If you are looking for a new cocktail bar to try, look no further than Sugar Ray’s Bar in Surry Hills located on the corner of Bourke St and Cleveland St. It’s a new player on the bar scene offering well concocted cocktails, wine, craft beer, fox sports and delectable American food bar menu.
The moment you step inside, its striking collection of framed photos on the tiled wall catches your eye. It’s a comfortable and relaxing space to be in, tastefully decorated with a mix of Chesterfield lounges, tables and chairs, bar stools along with ambient lighting.
Staff here are simply delightful, after we were escorted to our table, Chiara, one of the lovely staff, gave us a run through of the menu and drinks list, suggesting some of the picks for the day, which we thought sounded very good indeed, we will leave it up to Chef we replied!
Refreshing is an understatement, we started the night with two equally good cocktails, thanks to mixologist Leo. I had the Alahambra and my companion had the Gin Sour, both well crafted drinks, delicious and pleasing to the eye, the sugar dust of the Alahambra adding a subtle sweetness.
We were part way through our cocktails when the sliders and fries arrived, a combination of Wagyu and Duck, on the menu these are two separate items. The first we tasted was the wagyu, it was tender oozing with juice, topped with melted double cheese, bacon-onion butter and dill pickle whilst the duck was a melt in your mouth moment, coupled with a tasty onion-thyme jam butter and cranberry chutney both on soft milk buns.
Crisp and golden on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, the fries were cooked to perfection. The addition of vinegar is just a perfect touch along with a sprinkling of dried rosemary giving a pleasant flavour.
The second dish was the Barramundi Tortilla. Beautifully presented on a wooden serving board. The colour of the in-house made squid-inked tortilla gives it instant table appeal, filled with guacamole along with saffron peperonata and baby coriander, a perfect accompaniment to the tender and generous barramundi. Dusted with paprika powder and thinly sliced limes. A round of Little Creatures beer washed down this most enjoyable dish.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, so relaxing we cant wait to go back. It will be great to sit outside when the weather warms up and watch the world go by with delicious food and drink. Definitely a bar in Surry Hills worth including on your list to check out. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6 pm.
Sugar Ray’s Bar 435 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2016 (02) 9310 1954
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