The Carrington

565 Bourke Street Surry Hills, New South Wales 2010

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Opening hours Mon-Sat 12pm-12am; Sun 12-10pm
Features Licensed
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Phone 02 9357 3734

Crowds are fighting to get into the Carrington's Spanish restaurant, Beba y Cene, with its inviting nooks, dazzling parquetry floors, Moorish tiles and hip menu. It features changing tapas-style dishes: snacks such as hot olives, a meatball slider, sandwiches with inventive fillings - prawn and chorizo, anyone? - and vibrant mains such as braised cuttlefish with chickpeas, savoury and creamy, or the 'nose-to-tail' pie. Going up-market for luscious beef cheeks is a good choice, as are all the surf 'n' turf 'n' lentils variations. Both the deconstructed Pedros sherry trifle and the cake-like churros con chocolate, provide satisfyingly sweet finishes.