Pintxos at The Carrington Hotel, Surry Hills

  16 April 2012


You know what word I can’t pronounce? Pintxos. No matter how many times I hear it I just cannot for the life of me say it right! We were at The Carrington Hotel (565 Bourke Street, Surry Hills) where every Tuesday from 6-10pm there is a special pintxos menu at an incredible $3 each. In the end it didn’t matter how to pronounce pintxos (Helen: “it’s just PIN-chos!”) because we x ALL the y… ie, we ordered ALL the foods! Two of everything from the specials menu ($3 each) and 2 of everything from the normal pintxos menu (at normal price) and holy moly it was a lot of food.


Paella Ball with Calamari ($3). Tee hee so cute no? The deep fried tentacles waving about in the air? Just me? It was hard splitting the 2 balls (that sounds dirty but truly I’m not even trying) for 3 people and it was all a matter of who could finish chewing first to grab the left over piece. And oh how glorious it was, biting into the crumbed outer layer of the fried paella ball and into the rice innards.


The Chargrilled Skirt Steak Skewer ($3) was slightly on the chewy side but my jaws need a mastication workout every now and then. The meat was incredibly flavourful, bags of flavour indeed it was.


The Manchego and Rosemary Tortilla ($3) is loved by all, and c’mon what’s not to love? Who’s not friends with potato? Me and potato are BFF‘s in whatever shape or form it wants! The tortilla was just so satisfying, flat slices of potato layered with buttery Manchego cheese ohhh baby why so delicious!


Smoked Eggplant & White Anchovy Tostada ($3). I kinda wished there were more anchovies on the tostada, cos I mean, look at that singular anchovy staring at me/you/us. It taunts us! Lying there all sexy looking. The eggplant was smoky as promised and I would’ve happily eaten it with a spoon. With anchovies to wash it all down 😛


Classic Beef Cheek Slider ($3), Calamari Slider ($6), Meatball Slider ($6). Woah! That was one platter of awesome! With pillow soft buns my fav of the lot was the calamari slider packed full of crispy batter coated tentacles. The beef cheek slider was rich and filling and while I loved the sauce in the meatball slider there was a certain spice I had a bit of an issue with.. thyme? Is that you?


Kingfish Pastrami on Rye ($4). I um don’t seem to remember eating the kingfish but I do remember really liking the coleslaw uhhh doo di doo


Maybe I don’t remember the Kingfish because of what came next: the Chicken Liver Parfait & Pear Chutney ($4) is by far my favourite of the lot, the parfait is smooth and creamy and just unbelievably tasty. I’d totes come back and order 10 of them next time. And not share.


Tomato Bread and Iberico ($4.50) is the last of the pintxos onslaught and well, you can’t go wrong with Iberico ham mmm


Stuffed beyond belief we had to share a dessert between us, the Carrington Mess was our pick especially when we hear the magical key words of ‘brown sugar meringue’. Shards of crazy awesome meringue make friends with berry compote and jelly and topped with a tart passionfruit sorbet. Not too sweet and not too rich, it is the perfect dessert to end our epic eating.


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