Balmain/Rozelle's Darling St has oodles of restaurants and cafes, but this is special. Unassuming from the street on the corner of Elliott St opposite the Cat & Fiddle pub, it is two floors and a dark wood decor, which is understated but elegant. We have eaten here four times so far and cannot recommend it highly enough. Nour the headwaiter runs a well-trained team, Louise and Emma are delightful waitresses, unobtrusive when serving, attentive and yet charming if one chats. The wine list is fairly short, but of pleasant quality and not too damaging to the pocket. The cocktails look heavenly - peach & rose with a real rose.
Of course one goes to a restaurant for the food. Mel the chef is very competent indeed. She has a short menu which she changes every six weeks (see website). I have had the steak, succulent, almost melt-in-the-mouth tender and beautifully cooked and the duck excellent. However it is Mel's dessert which are just - heaven. My partner and I argued whether her parfait or my tarte tatin and cinnamon ice cream was more 'to die for'. At our next visit the menu had changed and despite our whinging, the new desserts were again superb. However Mel promised given enough notice, she could do a special for us.
What more could one want? Ambiance, superb service, charm, and tasty food? Music of course: on Friday nights they have a talented guitarist who plays an extraordinary range of music.
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