Rosie Campbell’s Rum Bar, Surry Hills

Bars, Drink, Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 3 August 2015

Cocktails and cubans at Rosie Campbell’s Rum Bar

On the corner of Campbell and Crown St, Surry Hills is where you’ll find Rosie Campbell’s, a fun and vibrant Jamaican rum bar. Step inside the bright and colourful oasis with mismatching bold patterns on the roof, table tops and walls. Take a seat at one of the high tables or the cosy banquets and let your eyes roam and discover the vintage Caribbean posters on the back wall, pineapples on the window ledges and other assorted knick-knacks.

One Wednesday’s listen for the reggae acoustic music. Rosie Campbell’s stocks over one hundred different types of rum from places including Jamaica, Trinidad, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Panama, Barbados (deep breath), Venezuela, Guyana, Guatemala, Haiti and Dominican Republic. That’s just the half of it. As far as the cocktails go hard to go past the classic rum daiquiri, made with Pampero Blanco rum, lime and a simple sugar syrup ($18). The Kingston Sour, made with Appleton VX Rum, Illegal Mezcal, toasted caraway seeds, pimento syrup and lemon ($18) is also worth a nudge. As is the Espresso Coco Martini, a combination of Pampero Dark Rum, Kahlua, Jamaica Blue Mountain’s Espresso and burnt coconut syrup ($18).

Jerk takes centre stage on Rosie Campbell’s food menu with their jerk chicken burger, jerk wings, jerk dumplings, jerk fries and more! If you are a jerk aficionado, Rosie’s jerk might be a little too mild for your liking. It’s definitely tasty but lacks the full flavour and punch of traditional Jamaican cuisine.

The Toot’s Fish Tacos are a winner. Nestled on a soft tortilla are equal portions of baja fish and pickled red cabbage. Drizzled over the top is a guava lime dressing and parsley ($16). For a colour and flavour rich dish, we recommend the Bless Up Salad Bowl ($17). In a big bowl lies chargrilled sweet capsicum, zucchini, corn, barley and kale guava lime dressing. Indulge in the guilty pleasure of the iJa Mac n Cheese made with a three cheese cream sauce and herb butter crumble ($9).

Be sure to leave room for dessert, especially with items like Rosie’s Coco Cozy’s on the menu ($14). These spiced coconut macaroons are made with a buttery short crust pastry, causing them to melt in the mouth. Served with vanilla custard, you’ll at least know what heaven tastes like.

Maybe it’s the drinks served in coconuts, or the calmly confident waitstaff. Maybe it’s the ‘don’t worry, be happy’ posters or the reggae beats playing in the background. Whatever it is, slip into island time and head to Rosie Campbell’s.

Monday – Thursday 5pm until late
Friday – Sunday: 11am until late

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