Balmain: Bar Contessa

xUNa4Z1366538853Bar Contessa
371 Darling St
Balmain NSW 2041
(02) 9555 7399
http://www.barcontessa.com.au/#!food/c10g7

I was on the way to Kazbah, without a booking. So we were tossing up waiting in a queue at Kazbah, or trying Bar C ontessa a couple of doors down. We picked Contessa.

What a great find.

2OYF6V1366538932As you walk in off the street, Contessa is open and inviting. It’s decor is urban contemporary setting with a graffiti art feature wall to match.

After ordering I realised, the coffee they use is Jack and the Bean boutique coffee the one and the same as the Grounds of Alexandria coffee, which I love – 10/10.x57s2B1366543116

We ordered:
• The ultimate bacon & egg roll – hickory smoked bacon, fried free range eggs, caramelised onion, provolone cheese, house made tomato relish & mayo on toasted brioche.y8SOEQ1366543202
• Rosa’s breakfast bruschetta – thick slice of toasted organic soy linseed sourdough w/smashed avocado, fresh roma tomato, basil, rocket, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic reduction & free range poached egg.
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Both were very satisfying meals. The caramelised onions in the bacon and egg roll were done exceptionally well, caramelised, but still with a bit of bite to it. In the Rosa’s breakfast bruschetta, the balsamic reduction is what pulled the dish together.

All the food coming out of the kitchen looks fresh, made from great produce and are all big hearty serves, even the salads. I’m looking forward to coming back, and trying the brekky burrito and house made corn cakes.

value for money: 7/10
food: 8/10
service: 8/10
ambiance: 8/10
overall score: 31/40
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