456 Darling St
Balmain NSW 2041
(02) 9810 7931
This was such a great find!
It looks like your ordinary sports pub from the outside, and yes they do have a bar/pub area. Then as you walk through the establishment there is then a casual sofa/chairs area and a pretty casual dining area. Sports lovers will still be glad to hear that there is a flat screen which plays sport in this section too.
The true gem is the Monday-Friday lunch menu. This has options between $10-12, and trust me it’s worth it. We ordered the Winter Cottage Pie, mash and fresh herbs and Crispy Penny Cakes, roast veg salad, feta crumble.
I also love the ‘little people’ menu, with ‘hidden veggies, crispy chicken & gravy’ and ‘little sausages, big chips’ – too cute!
The Penny Cakes consist of – white pudding, potato, herbs and spices, with a crispy crumbed coating. The salad is nicely dressed, beautiful roast capsicum and baby carrots. The feta gives lovely bursts of saltiness.
The winter cottage pie, fits the gastro-pub label. There is a lovely thick creamy layer of potato which is piped so beautifully with a golden-cheesy top. Then garnished with some crispy sweet potato chips, and blanched tender snow peas. The gravy is rich and has a tomato base, with mince, peas and other vegetables. Very satisfying dish.
Lastly we tried the baked chocolate cheesecake. Yum! The balance of sweet, salty, and tart is well executed. The dense, chocolate baked cheese cake has a biscuit base, and a lovely caramel sauce and two bits of caramel on top which surprisingly do not stick to your teeth and instead are creamy and melt in the mouth. The chocolate crumb is not sweet, it is almost a savoury crumb, which nicely balances out the sweet cheesecake and caramel elements. The raspberry sorbet with raspberry bits is fresh and tart and cuts the sweetness well. The fresh raspberries are just a nice added touch. 10/10 dessert.
Highly recommend coming here for a weekday lunch!
Value for money: 8.5/10
Overall Score: 33/40