If you walked past Clarences during daylight you would hardly notice all the good things going on in this inviting neighbourhood bar. By night, the windows are glowing from the candlelit tables, each corner bustling and the leafy courtyard alive. Throngs of people patiently wait in line to lap up local pleasures. Although I do love the buzz of Clarences by night, it is the quieter days that I love the most. Those times when it is easy to find a cozy nook to sample the wonders of the bar and delights from the kitchen.
Our friends counting down the days until their adventure to explore the wonders of Barcelona, London, Paris and beyond. Lucky them! Lazy Sunday farewell drinks in the comfortable surrounds of Clarences was the perfect choice.
Still a little full from breakfast at The Precinct, I ceremoniously bid farewell to my morning meal with an Amaro Montenegro 'the liqueur of the virtues' on the rocks. There is something about this Italian bitters that brings a smile and flush to my cheeks especially during Winter.
Amidst the copious rounds of drinks to celebrate our wandering friends we ordered a bunch of share style plates for the table:
Pork ribs - deliciously sticky with the meat easily pulling away from the bone.
Queso fundido with toritlla chips - a mini spiced mexican fondue
Chicken wings and chipotle sauce - crispy yet tender with smoky sauce
Chewy cheese buns - Clarences take on the popular cheesey puffs loved by Brazil
Hot chips - who doesn't love hot chips on a rainy afternoon?
Arancini - a safe and delicious staple on the small goods menu
Oh Clarences, I have missed you.