Brunch is easily one of our favourite mealtimes. To start with, it straddles two meals: the fresh options that a good breakfast requires as well as the hearty and saltier stuff that makes a flavoursome lunch. It’s a wholesome mix of both meals – the kind of culinary experience that is open to suggestion, including that of a drink.
There aren’t many places where you can sip cocktails before midday in Sydney, with brunch that is. But the guys at The Carrington want to put an end to this, because they know that brunch is our favourtie meal of the day. So from August 4, The Carrington will be serving breakfast food – a completely different offering from their lunch and dinner tapas menu.
Served from 9am to 1pm on the weekends, they’re inviting diners for the morning meal with a menu that includes smoked paprika Benedict, rainbow porridge with pecans, dates and fried milk (a delicious, soft condensed milk cube), morcilla with potato hash and a fried duck egg, torrijas (Spanish French toast) with grilled banana and ice cream, and omelettes with smoked kipper or piquillo peppers to get you started. It’s essentially an English breakfast menu with a touch of Spanish. We might just call it Spanglish food.
Like the lunch and dinner menu, they are drawing on influences from Barcelona, with flavoursome ingredients like chorizito (small chorizo), paprika and iberico ham sourced from the likes of La Boqueria by The Carrington’s English chef Jamie Thomas for his Iberian-style kitchen at. It’s a hearty menu and a solid start to the day.
Aside from the food, what we are really excited about here is the drinks list. We are in a bar don’t forget, so these guys know quite a few things about how to mix a mimosa. The hair of the dog will be on the prowl with a morning drinks list that includes a sharp bloody mary in an old mackerel tin, a bacon caesar (bacon-infused vodka, spices and clamato juice), a michelada (lime, salt, Tabasco and a can of Moritz), the sangria-like ‘Single Mother’ (with red wine, Southern Comfort, nutmeg and ginger beer), and a refreshing camomile tea with apple juice and vodka.
For something a little softer, try the banana, peanut butter and oatmeal thickshake, beetroot lemonade or horchata (sweet homemade rice milk), which can be spiked with coffee and/or rum. And in this semi-lawless time zone that is brunch, beer and spirits are available too.