Little Darling Diner— A French Inspired Patisserie.

One of Balmain’s top eatery, Little Darling Diner. If you ever want to go to Rozelle’s Saturday markets, then you certainly have to visit this place. At least just for tea, that is good enough.   Breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner were all catered for—- each have different menu. It had been known for its  gourmet high tea selections of delicacies and patisseries.

Bonus: the comfy sofa chairs that you can sink into and enjoy your tea and bites, together with your favourite people.

Little Darling Diner is widely spaced with two levels in total (so, they definitely expect big crowds!). 

Their furnitures are picked especially to fit the parisian theme and enhancing the french-home-kinda-feel.

Grilled Schiacciata bread with mussels

Escargot with garlic butter and grilled sour dough

Tuna Fillet with wasabi avocado and tomato confit

Duck confit, roast fennel, duck fat potatoes, watercress salad

 The FOOD

  • Grilled Schiacciata bread with mussels— Probably a wise choice for sharing but not worth a second try individually.
  • Escargot with garlic butter and grilled sour dough—Number 1 scored appetiser!!!!
  • Tuna Fillet with wasabi avocado and tomato confit—First of all, it does not look like a tuna fillet (looks like beef steak, I swear). Okay, so the idea of combining cooked tuna with wasabi sounds pretty interesting yea?
  • Duck confit, roast fennel, duck fat potatoes, watercress salad—Best duck breasts I had ever tasted so far in Sydney! With the combination of the sour citrus and sweet sauce, it is just perfecto~
  • Mini Tarts (chocolate, strawberry and lemon meringue)— The tarts have a special crusts that taste different from other tarts that I had tried. They are good but not as fantastic as bourke street’s. But still, it’s incomparable as it is unique in its own way.

The PRICE
It might be a tad too expensive for some of you. For example, the duck confit  and tuna is about $20++ for each dish. 6 Escargots were about $10. However, as a big foodie, I dont mind paying a little bit more for good food in my tum tum! HAHA! What about you? 😀

The AMBIANCE
Cosy chairs, wooden floors, french-styled wall decos….I love everything French!!!

 

 

 

Little Darling Diner 

485A Darling Street Balmain, NSW 2041
(02) 9810 5255
dine@littledarlingdiner.com.au

Trading Hours
Breakfast and Lunch: 7am- 4pm
Dinner: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm

http://littledarlingdiner.com.au/

Bourke Street Bakery—Sydney’s Legendary Tarts and Pies.

Bourke Street Bakery, named literally after the street name, this legendary bakery, produces a variety of delicacies that are definitely worth revisiting. (RECOMMENDED PICKS: TARTS, especially— Strawberry Meringue Tart, Ginger Brulee tart, Chocolate tart)

Found in 2004 by two superb bakers, this bakery became the hit in Sydney rapidly and certainly, expect a wait of at least 15 minutes just to buy one of their pastry due to the large crowd and queue formed by people all around. Without Fail! Friday brunch picks: Chicken, tomato and pea pie, hot chocolate, lemon curd tart, flat white, lamb and potato pie and ginger brulee tart (left to right). Pain au Raisin and chocolate tart. I love how Aussie people are major dog lovers because I get to see different breeds all the time! So ADORBS~ *screams* >.< This Dachshund is so cute, I can’t even! Look at that short legs and long bod~ Bourke Street Bakery is the best place to have breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea, or just get a take away (at least a TART)! That ‘dreading’ long queue is rewarding! Located at a seemingly serene corner of Devonshire and Bourke Street, such soothing and peaceful ambiance…. your coffee or tea has never tasted that pleasant before. Bourke Street Bakery 633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills T: 9699 1011 7am-6pm Monday  to Friday 7am-5pm Saturday and Sunday FYI [ http://bourkestreetbakery.com.au/ ]

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie—Macarons Fever.

Macarons, a french confection that is meringue-based, have been ranked as one of the top dessert choice world wide.
Having said that,  many cafes/bistro/bakery had attempted to make these colourful and lovely-looking sweet. Even Mcdonalds have their own macarons!

Besides Ladurée (paris), there are many good competitors that sells macarons at much more affordable prices.
For example: in Singapore— TWG tea, housed with  a variety of macarons that are of unique tea-based flavour.

So, in Australia there is…..

Discover Sydney’s best Macarons—- ADRIANO ZUMBO
Zumbo, shot to fame from reality TV show, Masterchef, is now a country-wide known chef for his exotic sweet creations. Exotic, as in literally crazy, unimaginable and unexpected flavoured macarons, or to be exact, ZUMBARONS

PRETTY MACARONS— IRRESISTIBLE~

Wide Selection of exquisitely designed cakes and tarts…

Lemon meringue tart~


From left to right: Hazelnut Praline, Lime and Mandarin, Choc pop, Salted Butter Caramel, Malted milkshake and Toasted marshmallow.

My favourite—- MALTED MILKSHAKE! Trust me, its the best among all!


Zumbo provides tutorial classes as well! Learn how a bake perfect macarons and  marvelous desserts and pastries! Read more on: http://adrianozumbo.com/

Adriano Zumbo
Shop 1, Cafe Court

The Star 80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009

 Opening Hours – Patisserie Monday | 11am – 10pm Tuesday to Thursday | 11am – 11pm Friday & Saturday | 11am – Midnight Sunday | 11am – 9pm

 

Standing from above 550 feet ~

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You can only see ‘beautiful’ from above.

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Blessed, we have Ben, whom had obtained 5 tickets for each of us to get our feet on the Singapore Flyer.

It was a Sunday (28 July 2013), which explained the overwhelming passengers we had to share our capsule with. Sucks, especially with annoying running kids.

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It was my third time on the flyer and this time, there was a vast improvement, in terms of ‘going-on board’ experience.

Well, as for the others, that day, they were all virgins. I was literally, surprised! Like, who hasn’t been on the flyer? LOL!

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We were specific with the time of ‘flight’. Sun set, that’s the most beautiful time of all.

Besides, you get best of both worlds- day and night scenary. 

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We managed to get a snap shot of the 5 of us.

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Dawn complained she has height phobia, that’s why she was on a seat. Whereas for me, I am just too lazy to stand. LOL.

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Singapore’s night scenery -mark as one of the best views in Asia.  

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Some tourists are just far too nice than expected. 🙂 Because it was already dark and the lighting was quite bad, they used their Canon DSLR to capture for us! Not bad eh!

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Ben’s Blackberry ain’t that useless after all.

We had dinner at Saboten –my superb recommendation. ^^ That everyone agreed it was GOODFOOD.

The night was still young, and the boys complained that it wasn’t that easy to meet me up anytime soon. Since I was always busy.

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Hence, we need a chill out place, which I suggested to go LOLA’S CAFE. Had always wanted to try this new cafe in Kovan whenever I drove past it.

In addition to the reviews I had read online before, the tarts are pretty well recommended by many.

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So, when we first stepped into the cafe, indeed, it was a small typical cafe, which could not accommodate many. But, it has its own unique interior design giving off the feel of being in the 70s’ era.

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Their tables are old sewing machines!

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The walls are filled and decorated with glass frames. –Artistc much? 

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Menu was ‘clipped-board’ styled and they serve breakfast, brunch and dinner too.

What’s great is the fact that the price are affordable with no GST or Service charge!

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For drinks, we ordered:  green matcha latte (served in a milk bottle), cappuccino, mocha latte

For desserts, we ordered: Honey Panna Cotta (my favourite among all), Chocolate brownie with ice cream, Caramelised Banana with Early Grey tea tart (if you are a tea lover, you’ll love this. Its a love it or hate it choice.) 

Well, I am glad I found a new place to hang out. Plus, it is located near my suite!

Cafe Hopping, always one of my favourite hobbies in life.  🙂 Till then~