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The Cat and Fiddle, Balmain

The Cat and Fiddle pub potato skin nachoes

The Cat and Fiddle potato skin nachoes

The Cat and Fiddle have taken the nacho and tried out a little improvement. Instead of corn chips, they use potato skins.The dish was good, and filling. I missed the crunch of the corn chips. I also missed the freshness of a tomato salsa. The filling in this was much closer to a chilli and not a salsa.

Give it a try – there are heaps of great dishes on the menu here!

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Sushiman, Balmain

Sushiman chicken teriyaki avocado

Sushiman chicken teriyaki avocado

Sushiman in Balmain has both fantastic reviews and a loyal following. It’s busy. There’s so many sushi places on Darling St, in Rozelle and Balmain. For some reason, this place blows everywhere else out of the water. I can’t unequivocally tell you why this is, as I haven’t tried any of the other places. I have too many other foods to eat sushi.

But – Sushiman sushi is definitely tasty! The servings are generous for an eat in restaurant. The sushi falls apart easily and has a great filling to rice ratio. Check it out, and check out the other sushi establishments. Let me know if there are any better on Darling Street, and I’ll try to check them out!

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Little Darling Diner, Balmain

Little Darling Diner tea

Little Darling Diner tea

Spending time with friends is pleasant; chatting over a cup of tea is even better. Little Darling Diner is the best place to do so! Their prices are reasonable, the English Breakfast was lovely.

Little Darling Diner dessert trio

Little Darling Diner dessert trio

These three desserts are; chocolate mousse/meringue/strawberries, deconstructed orange cheesecake, and crème brûlée. All three were lovely. The lime crème brûlée was creamy and had a lovely crunchy top that cracked perfectly under my spoon. The chocolate mousse was dense and rich, the meringues soft and the strawberries lent an acidity that stopped the dish from being overwhelmingly sweet. The cheesecake was the winner out of all three desserts, with a delicate and dark taste of orange coming through the cheese.

Little Darling Diner is the perfect place to catch up with friends. The decor is French inspired, delicate and opulent. Highly recommended!

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Riverview Hotel, Balmain

Riverview hotel burger and tapas

Riverview hotel burger and tapas

I visited the Riverview hotel in Balmain. It’s a beautiful hotel with a cozy interior.  The food you see in this picture is: tempura zucchini flowers with Italian cheeses, spiced squid with harissa aioli and smoked duck & manchego croquette with paprika aioli. The food was good, although my squid was not tender. There is also a burger that was tasty – I had a big bite!

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced meal in a pub, I’d recommend it.

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Newstar Revisited

We’re big fans of Newstar Takeaway.

Duck and Bamboo shoot Soup

Duck and bamboo shoot soup

The duck and bamboo shoot soup was great, delicately flavoured although the slippery noodles were hard to control for some – luckily forks are available!

BBQ chicken and rice noodle salad

BBQ chicken and rice noodle salad

My rice vermicelli salad really hit the spot, with generous toppings and a light, fresh flavour.

The price is great, the place is small but in a good way, and it never gets so loud that it’s hard to hold a conversation. Highly recommended for pho, noodle soups, bun and combination rice, if you’re in the Balmain area!

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Orange Peel Cafe

Down the bottom of my street is a quiet little café.

Orange Peel Cafe Berry Smoothie Chocolate thickshake

Orange Peel Cafe Berry Smoothie Chocolate thickshake

Their food is simple and satisfying. One drawback I feel is they use their special sauce on too many dishes! It’s a tomato based sauce that is added to almost everything! Their corn fritters are great, and everything else I’ve tried has been great!
My favourites are the drinks. The berry smoothie is yummy and the chocolate thickshake is fantastic. So big it’s hard to finish them – but they do give you a takeaway cup if you need one!


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Darling Gelato

Darling Gelato is my local. Every other gelato joint gets compared to this place, and usually they’re found wanting! Darling makes true to name flavours, especially their passionfruit and pistachio. I love their cherry flavoured gelatos (of which there are around three!), as well as the strachiatella, which may not be spelled correctly, but is a chocolate chip vanilla.

Darling Gelato

Darling Gelato

I’ve started buying the two scoop coppas and sharing them, because I go there so often! Even shared it’s a great serving size. You’re always made to feel welcome, and there’s always a plenty of others sitting around enjoying their gelato.
They recently came started serving waffles and crepes, and I can’t wait to try them!

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Newstar Takeaway

I’m so excited! Newstar Takeaway is a short stroll from my house and it’s my favourite type of establishment. Cheep, cheerful, and Vietnamese.

Newstar Takeaway Pho

Newstar Takeaway Pho

The broth was quite strong on the beef and less nuanced in flavour, but the Bo Tai was tender and delicious. The serve was massive and I couldn’t get through it. I loved the table trimmings – classic box of tissues, hoisin, soy, pepper and utensils galore. The background music was instrumental – the only missing element was a television or two!

Cold rolls / Rice paper rolls

Cold rolls / Rice paper rolls

I love some tasty cold rolls, though served with the sweet/chilli sauce and not the usual thick, hoisin based sauce.

Combination Rice

Combination Rice

The combination rice was decent but not overly exciting. Tasty pork but was a little dry, nice meat loaf, and the pork skin noodles were a little different to what I’m used to. A nice simple dish.

Overall, this was a great meal at a price on par with my favourite pho establishments in Adelaide, but around the corner in Balmain! Highly recommended if you live in the area.

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