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Modern Australian cuisine takes centre stage at Balmain’s Darling St Diner, open for breakfast and lunch from Tuesday through to Sundays, and opulent dinners come Friday and Saturday evenings. Take your pick from the airy lounge, the sun-kissed terrace or the private dining room downstairs if you’re planning a celebration or high tea – either way this Darling Street restaurant is Sydney’s meeting place not only for you and yours but for a blend of distinctive charm and modern culinary sensibilities.
Dinner at the Darling Street Diner was a wonderful experience. A busy day time cafe transforms into a beautifully lit, ambient evening vibe. The menu and wine list provide lots of choice without being unwieldy to navigate. Importantly, the food was fresh, delicious and creatively presented and the service had panache. Highly recommend a visit!
When the high tea craze hit Sydney, Darling St Diner was better equipped than most to host such soirees. Having already made a name for itself on the basis of its continental sophistication, it was as if this Balmain gem was destined to stack up the towers of delicate cakes and pastries, pots of boutique teas – and complimentary glasses of French bubbles, too. Darling St Diner’s reputation rests upon its modern Australian cuisine and atmosphere, a passionate combination covering simple breakfasts, an upscale bistro offering come lunchtime, and a more painstakingly restrained gourmet offering when dinner rolls around at the weekend.
A signature of Darling St Diner’s lunch and dinner offering is its range of shareable platters, all bearing the stamp of modern Australian cuisine with a little European flair. Balmain locals with their finger on the area’s culinary pulse are queuing up for the chance to take a table at Darling St Diner’s tantalisingly limited dinner sittings. Set in peerlessly elegant surrounds down Darling Street, and sometimes accompanied by live acoustic performances, dinner guests are treated to modern Australian cuisine such as cured salmon and pork belly entrees, classic eye fillet steaks, mushroom risotto with porcini, parmesan, and truffle oil, and slow-braised lamb. Those in Sydney looking to book are well advised to gather a crowd and make the most of Darling St Diner’s downstairs function room.