A Caribbean themed diner in Surry Hills serving up regional specialties like jerk chicken, ribs and Caribbean-themed cocktails, Rosie Campbell’s is an attempt to introduce the food and atmosphere of the tropical region to life here in Sydney.
We ordered Rudie’s Crispy Squid for starters. True to their name, the squid was definitely brown and crispy. I didn’t really find that the jerk mayo had too much flavour to it however it seemed that the chef was quite liberal with the sugar. The squid tasted a little too sweet for our liking and became very difficult to stomach after a while.
I highly recommend you try the Jerk Pork Dumplings. They were gone so fast I didn’t even have time to take a photo!
I ordered the Soft Shell Crab Burger thinking that a Caribbean restaurant could do it justice. I was sorely disappointed. The brioche bun was flat and the coleslaw didn’t taste too fresh. Worst of all, the soft shell crab was fried to oblivion where the burnt flavour overpowered everything.
I couldn’t finish my burger or the overly-sweet fries. The Jerk Chicken was also very salty and most people on our table couldn’t finish their meals. Astoundingly, the waiter collected our dishes and saw that most of us hadn’t even finished half of it failed to ask if everything was ok. I think most damning of all was that, as a bunch of foodies, we had nothing to say about the food after we were done.
That being said, a few of the cocktails were very enjoyable. The Rosie’s Estate was a crowd favourite. Like the Girl Next Door from Next Door, it is a very sweet watermelon cocktail and perfect for anyone who’s looking for a fun drink to try.
I wanted so much more from Rosie Campbell’s and I truly wanted to like it. Specialising in seafood, marinated chicken and burgers, this should have been a hit with me. Unfortunately, they missed the mark on so many other things that night. I don’t think we’ll be going back.