12 Cool Balmain Cafes and Restaurants

Balmain cafes and restaurantsThe colourful and artistic suburb of Balmain has become one of the most vibrant food scenes in Sydney. Sample mouth-watering dishes from the best dining strips beyond the city centre filled with the most stylish cafes and restaurants from our list.

Bar Contessa

371b Darling Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 7399


If you’re looking for a great place to get together and enjoy quality food, beautiful coffee and excellent service, Bar Contessa would be the perfect place for you. This cool and comfy casual dining cafe/restaurant has been a favourite among locals and visitors alike for its food, service and design which come beautifully together. Their breakfast burrito is awesome! Bar Contessa is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week.

Bertoni Casalinga

281 Darling St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9818 5845


Bertoni Casalinga serves hearty, traditional Italian food. The quality of the coffee here has always been sensational and the food has always had that rustic Italian feel. Do not leave without ordering the famous lasagne burger and the Ciambele! This place is also known for friendly and fast service. Bertoni Casalinga is a gem in the Balmain crown and well worth a visit if you want a great coffee, a bite to eat or a sweet treat.


379 Darling St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 7067


For a taste of Middle Eastern, Persian, Turkish and Moroccan cuisine, nothing beats Kazbah. This restaurant excels in their breakfasts and lunches, and the food’s amazing flavours sets them apart from the pack. I highly recommend the Tagine – so good and very filling! The dips, breads and kebabs taste wonderful too. You’ll also love the incredible Kazbah bomb with the flaming currant vodka. With great service matched with great food, Kazbah is definitely a Balmain gem.

Rosso Pomodoro

Shop 90-91, 24 Buchanan Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 5924


If you’re after authentic Italian pizza in Sydney, there’s no place to be than Rosso Pomodoro. This tiny little Italian pizzeria tucked away in Balmain serves consistently delicious pizzas made with artisan techniques. My personal favourites are the Pizza Funghi, Pizza Bresaola and Pizza Bianco. Just remember, there’s no such thing as a ‘half & half’ or “ham & pineapple” in this joint. The place does get very noisy and is slightly too small but if you don’t mind the chatter when the place is full, it’s definitely worth going to, or you can always opt for a takeaway.


79 Elliott St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 5466


Efendy serves contemporary Turkish cuisine with a menu representing the best of contemporary cuisine drawn from the culinary hub of Istanbul. From the bold, exotic dishes, to simple and satisfying Turkish favourites, Efendy has something to entice the taste buds of all food lovers. The restaurant has a relaxed and sophisticated ambience which completes the vibrancy of a superb urban Turkish experience.

Adriano Zumbo

296 Darling St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 7318


You’ll find really tasty, inventive pastries at this gorgeous little outlet of Zumbo in Balmain. This place has the best macarons in town and melt-in-your-mouth desserts with interesting and creative flavours that really work. The detail and care that goes into these little treats is astonishing and they are stunning not just visually but also taste-wise. It’s impressive how different flavour and texture elements are squeezed into these tiny treats. If you love sweets, you will definitely love Zumbo.

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True Religion

2/415 Darling Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 5339

True Religion has to be one of the best places in Balmain for coffee, and the bacon and egg rolls are amazingly good!  This little gem of a café may be small but they make up for it with the perfect coffee and a tasty menu. If you want an amazing coffee, awesome food, a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff then True Religion is the place for you.


493A Darling St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 1426


Samurai is a cracking little Japanese restaurant on Darling Street. The range of food here is extensive and they’re always fresh, tasty and consistent. Indulge in the freshest sashimis, delicious softshell crab handrolls, skewers and gyozas. It’s definitely value for money here. There’s also a bottle shop conveniently located across the street for booze (its BYO). For an excellent feed, be sure to drop by Samurai when you’re in Balmain.

Gigi’s at Balmain

229 Darling St, Balmain 2041

Telephone 02 9818 2170


Gigi’s at Balmain is one of the local favourites on Darling Street. This pizzeria has been serving traditional Italian food for over 20 years. Aside from the excellent pizzas, you must also try the Tortellini Paradiso and Fettuccine Basciola. Whether you fancy a relaxed dinner at their alfresco dining area or a quick takeaway meal delivered to your door, you’re sure of an excellent food on your table.


85 Reynolds St, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 9125


If you want to sample the best risotto in Balmain, head on to Mantecato. This restaurant is a welcoming venue for lovers of authentic Italian cuisine. Aside from their famous risotto, you must try their Vitello Tonnato and Zucchine e Granchio. Expect warm hospitality and traditional Italian cooking when you dine at Mantecato.

Wok on Inn

415 Darling Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9810 1399


Wok on Inn is a suburban noodle bar with an urban street atmosphere, serving homemade and tasty recipes just like what is served from the hawker stands of Shanghai and Bangkok. This Asian restaurant will take you on a flavour safari with its delicious, quick and reasonably priced meals.  Go for the Drunken Noodles with beef and you won’t be disappointed!

Spice I Am

237 Darling Street, Balmain 2041 Ph: 02 9555 9224


Spice I am is one of the Thai food houses you’ll find in Sydney serving innovative and authentic Thai food. If you love hot, spicy food, then this restaurant is for you. When dining here, remember to try the Bour Tod and Pad Prik Khing Crispy Pork Belly – flavoursome treats!  The service here is quick and efficient.

Irish Food in Australia

Irish food in AustraliaIreland is well-known for its pubs and bars, and in Australia, you’ll find a good range of traditional Irish restaurants and pubs where great food is naturally part of the deal. Irishman and sharepoint developer MARCUS DERVIN shares his picks for the best places in Australia where real Irish food comes to life.

The Quiet Man Irish Pub

271 Racecourse Road, Flemington Ph: 03 9376 6232


Award-winning Irish Pub, The Quiet Man is one of Melbourne’s favourite hospitality venues often described as a Little Piece of Ireland in Australia. The pub is known for its genuine Irish food, music and ambience which captures the essence of friendly Irish hospitality. The kitchen serves a great selection of traditional Irish foods including a variety of steak dishes. Meals are complimented with a great selection of fine wines or a choice of 12 local & international beers on tap.

The Snug Public House

68 Sydney Rd, Brunswick Ph: 03 9388 8756


The Snug Public House is a little bit of Ireland in the heart of Brunswick. Here you’ll enjoy authentic Irish cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The Snug Public House is famous for their regular live music sessions and entertainment events. They serve really good food and the ones to try are the Stout and Beef Pie and Mrs Brown’s Beef Stew.

The Corkman Irish Pub

160 Leicester Street, Carlton, Melbourne Ph: 03 9347 1772


The Corkman is a great bar with a live traditional Irish music session on Thursday nights and live music on Friday nights. Irish Head Chef, James Russell’s menu boasts of the Aussie classics and traditional Irish fare with a modern twist. The lunch special is at $10 and you can choose from Chicken Schnitzel with chips, Beer battered Fish and chips or B.L.T with chips.

Cock ‘N’ Bull Bistro

89 Ebley Street, Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022 Ph: 02 9389 3004


One of Sydney’s favourite Irish pubs is Cock ‘N’ Bull Bistro. Popular among youngsters and backpackers, this pub serves some of the tastiest traditional Irish food and drinks. The pub also offers live entertainment and Irish sessions featuring some of the most talented Irish musicians and bands. Swing by Cock ‘N’ Bull Bistro for great craic and great entertainment.

Mulligan’s Irish Restaurant

137 Cleveland St Chippendale NSW 2008 Ph: 02 9319 5582


Multi award winning Irish restaurant Mulligan’s is an all-time favourite among Sydneysiders and tourists alike. The restaurant is well-known for its hearty, authentic Irish fare and real Irish hospitality. The small, cosy restaurant specialises in classic home style Irish food and nothing beats their Braised Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce and Baked Barramundi Soaked in Guinness. The menu also includes the famous Beef and Guinness Pie and the Traditional Boxty Pancakes of Ireland.

The Irish Times

427 Little Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Ph: 03 9642 1699


Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, The Irish Times Pub has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere which also provides a nostalgic feel of classic pubs in Ireland. The pub serves authentic Irish and Aussie pub food and a drinks menu offering an extensive range of beers on tap (Kilkenny, Stella and Heineken) plus an array of spirits and quality wines.

Finnians Tavern

97 Gordon St Port Macquarie Ph: 02 6583 4646


Finnians Tavern is a Port Macquarie local traditional Irish Pub that offers a live music venue and features local, national and international bands on Friday and Saturday nights. The tavern is famous for its delicious quality meals at a decent price and perfectly poured pints of the traditional Irish Guinness and Kilkenny.

Fibber McGee’s

711 Newcastle St Leederville, WA Ph: 08 9227 0800


Fibber McGee’s serves authentic Irish drinks, food and some of the best steaks in Australia – great classic food cooked in the modern style at decent prices. It’s also highly suitable for vegetarians and they’re going to love the very famous Caesar Salad at this pub. Drop by Fibber McGee’s and have the best Irish feeds in Perth.

Murphys Irish Pub

43 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210 Ph: 08 9535 2666


Murphy’s is located on the Mandurah Foreshore overlooking Mandjar Bay. You’ll experience old fashioned Irish hospitality at this pub, plus delicious offers of hearty meals far from the norm “pub grub”.  The pub also serves the best Guinness in town plus a large selection of beers & ciders on tap and serves wines, cocktails and coffees too. Drop by for free nightly entertainment as they feature soloists, live bands and Karaoke nights.

Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge

205 James St Northbridge WA 6003 Ph: 08 9328 1488


One of Perth’s first Irish pubs, Rosie O’Grady’s is situated in the heart of Perth’s entertainment district, Northbridge. This pub is famous for its energetic atmosphere and live entertainment and is frequented by locals and tourists alike. The highly recommended dishes are Rosie’s Irish Chicken Curry, Big Irish Breakfast and the Dubliner Burger.

Fiddler’s Green

3A & 3B Building 1 19 Kitchener Drive Darwin Waterfront NT 0800 Ph: 08 8981 2222


Topnotch Irish restaurant Fiddler’s Green is perched in the gorgeous location of Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct. This cosy and relaxing place serves rich and robust home style Irish fare and modern Australian cuisine. They also offer craft beers plus a good selection of wine. Fiddlers Green is a good place to enjoy time with friends or family.

The Cure Tavern

73 Francis St, Northbridge WA 6003 Ph: 08 9227 9055


The Cure Tavern is located in the heart of bustling Northbridge. A wide variety of foods from the traditional Irish pub fare to classic Australian dishes are on the offer at this tavern. Their full bar boasts an extensive and carefully selected whiskey list, as well as local and international beers, wines and liquors.

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Financial Hazards Restaurant or Café Owners Face

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All businesses face risks. In operating a restaurant or a café, the financial risk of running out of money or mismanaging money in some way is always a threat which can potentially sink them. The unforeseen overheads, higher than expected costs or lower than projected income can easily derail a new restaurant or cafe.

Although any new business carries an element of risk, an entrepreneur considering opening a restaurant faces additional challenges which include loss of capital and collateral, as well as loss of reputation. Even small problems can have disastrous financial repercussions.

Many new restaurant owners set out with a solid business plan but have inadequate capital or lack funding, underestimating the costs of not just opening a restaurant, but keeping it running during the first crucial months or years of operation. It’s essential that restaurateurs carefully evaluate the risks prior to planning.

A good business plan can help restaurateurs project their expected start-up costs and recognize how much money they need to start their venture. There are several ways which restaurateurs can raise capital to start or grow their business. One way is by liquidating assets or using them as collateral for a business loan. There are also government programs that cater to upstart small business owners. Those with bad credit histories can also apply for bad credit loans. Some successful restaurateurs need financing to consolidate debt and expand their business but banks may not be able to increase their line of credit so they opt for debt consolidation, which is a form of debt refinancing which involves taking out one loan to pay off many others.

Opening a restaurant or a café is an appealing idea and although they’re a common venture, building one from scratch is not easy. It’s a tough process and can be a very expensive one. By knowing the risks and financial hazards of running a restaurant or cafe, it will allow restaurant operators to prepare and take the appropriate action plans to reduce the vulnerabilities, as well as minimize costs. As long as they do the research and plan ahead, there’s a good chance of success.

Ten Independent Aussie Hospitality Websites You’ve Probably Never Heard About


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A website is an effective and visible sales tool which represents a company or a business. In the hospitality industry, it’s crucial to have a website that’s informative, visually appealing and has a clear consumer-focused navigation. Here are ten independent hospitality websites in Australia that’s dedicated to providing a good website experience…

Sydney Cafes
Sydney Cafes is a cool café friendly website which provides an in depth guide to the best places to dine in Sydney be it cafes, bars, restaurants, and even for those people looking for Sydney caterers and hospitality suppliers. This website is search engine optimised and gets a lot of traffic because of its high rankings on Google and all search engines, as well as its significant social media following. If you’re a cafe, bar or restaurant owner or a hospitality supplier business, you can list with them and promote your venue or products for a small annual admin charge.

Brisbane Cafes
Brisbane Cafes is a website that shares information on the best and the latest cafes in Brisbane. This site is your guide to Brisbane’s café culture, whether you’re looking for the best place to visit for coffee, brunch or lunch. This site is easy to navigate and also offers listing, link exchanges and endorsements.

Perth Cafes
Perth cafes presents the very best and the happiest dining places in the city of Perth. This website also offers a free listing and features different cafes, restaurants, bars, hospitality businesses and food festivals. And with over 40 food industry media websites at their disposal, they can help you boost your digital presence.

Adelaide Cafes
Adelaide cafes features the very best cafes Adelaide has to offer. It’s your guide to the latest news, reviews and descriptions of the most popular places to dine in including the finest cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs in the city. This site is social media integrated and is visually appealing.

Sydney by Night
Sydney By Night gives you a taste of the Sydney night life. This website highlights the finest bars, pubs, late night dining restaurants, nightclubs and secret spots to go to for a night of merriment. The site is not complicated and is easy to navigate and understand.

Perth by Night
Perth by Night is a website designed to showcase the after dark adventures and the highlights of the nights in the city of Perth. From the late dining restaurants, watering holes, pubs and after dark locations, this website features the best nightly entertainment Perth has to offer. This website is informative and user friendly.

Brisbane by Night
Brisbane by Night is your guide to the finest late night dining, bars, drinking venues, nightclubs and entertainment establishments in Brisbane after dark. It provides information and also gives its readers a taste of the nightlife in the city. The website is easily accessible and easy to understand.

Adult Press
Adult Press is Australia’s hottest adult digital magazine which brings up-to-date adult news from across Australia and the globe. This website provides information about the latest in the adult entertainment industry, as well as exclusive features and reviews of the best restaurants and bars in every city. The website is user-friendly, informative and engaging. It also represents social media.

Crema Magazine
Crema is the original and first of its kind online coffee/cafe magazine catering to the coffee lifestyle community of Australia. This site is easy to navigate. It features reviews and stories on espresso coffee, as well as travel, wine, and other products. Each issue contains features on the latest developments in coffee from Australia and around the globe, including news, interviews, plus master-classes with espresso experts.

Café Culture
Cafe Culture is a comprehensive Café Industry magazine in Australia. It’s much more than a coffee magazine as it provides business owners the tools to succeed in a competitive café industry. It features industry news, wine reviews, recipes, suppliers guide and tips from the pros. Their website has good typography, design and use of colour.

The Importance of Duct Cleaning for Restaurants

restaurant carpet cleaningFor an restaurants, duct cleaning only means ensuring that exhaust outlets and all the kitchen extraction systems are hygienic, clean, and clear from impediment. Spending endless hours in the ornamentation of food quality and your restaurant, towards keeping a hygienic environment, without taking any initiative, will result in an unhealthy indoor environment and miserable customers. Routine reviews, at least two times annually, ought to be done followed by professional cleaning services to ensure a tidy, secure, healthy and well-kept indoor space.

Indoor atmosphere could be more polluted than outside atmosphere; this can result in various health issues. High tech gear is used by professionals to wash air ducts and exhaust hoods in commercial buildings. Such services help decontaminate the air in exhaust hoods and duct systems by reducing dust and other allergens and removing smell.

Your organization can be ruined by a filthy exhaust system. It must be correctly kept and cleaned to encourage a healthy and safe environment. Without appropriate care as well as upkeep, exhaust hoods may lead to:

The normal cleaning procedure comprises:

  • Outside and internal cleaning of hoods
  • Cleaning ductwork spaces
  • Care of exhaust fan

Similar to exhaust hoods, a filthy air duct in the kitchen space can cause fire hazards. Professional cleaning services use standards and the most effective practices certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) to pull debris from ports and ducts.

Commercial air ducts’ normal cleaning procedure contains the following:

Review of ducts: Done to check flows in the ductwork and to measure the kind and quantity of cleaning needed.
Development of negative pressure: Done to take out debris and the dust from the ductwork. Mobile vacuum collection devices and big are used by professionals to achieve the same.

After creating negative pressure, the professionals uncover the ducts one after another to wash. Various gear including vacuum cleaners and rotating brushes are used by skilled technicians for the clean-up procedure. Such gear sucks at the debris from the ducts to the vacuum collection apparatus that is big.

Cleaning the whole duct system: Done to guarantee an exhaustive cleaning procedure, without damaging the ductwork.

As NADCA, the whole cleaning procedure for the air duct systems takes about three to five hours per. In addition , the trusted professionals use the most effective business practices to guarantee a methodical and attentive cleaning procedure.

How Frequently Ducts & Hoods need Cleaning?

Air ducts and exhaust hoods need cleaning in the foundation of their use. For commercial kitchens using air ducts and exhaust systems for at least six hours, cleaning done is advised. For significant use exceeding 12 hours, cleaning of hoods and ports every three months provide a healthy and safe setting.

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Web Design for Melbourne & Sydney Restaurants, Bars & Pubs

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Since the advent of the internet, restaurant websites have evolved from being merely informative to being visually appealing.  But a good restaurant website should be designed not only with the visual aspect in mind, but with the usability aspect as well. It should be easy to understand and navigate so that potential customers can find what they are looking for. It should also express a certain atmosphere reminiscent of the attitude and personality of the restaurant itself and suggest the taste of food to the viewer.

Here are some lessons and pieces of advice in designing powerful websites which can help restaurants, bars and pubs turn more visitors into customers…

  • Create web-based food menus so that customers can easily view the set of choices and get an idea on the prices.
  • Make your website attractive by displaying high-quality images of the delicious food on the offer, interior décor and scenic views to attract customers – from the images to the colours, every element should be a feast for the eyes.
  • Make sure your contact information, location, and operating hours are displayed on the website so customers can easily find you.
  • Include important pages such as the home page, the menu, the ‘About us’ page, and a Contact form.
  • Stay sociable by integrating the social media features to reach more people and potential customers.
  • Have your website mobile-optimised for the customers on the go.

Surprisingly, there are still a number of restaurants, bars and pubs that do not have a website. Most people go online to be familiar with the menu, style, interior and services of a restaurant before deciding to dine in and if you do not have a website, you’re just giving away all the potential business to your competitors who thrive on having one.

Having a website establishes a company’s credibility as a business – it gives potential customers the impression the company is successful. A website is a necessary element of any modern business and it’s one of the most powerful marketing tools which centres the company’s digital presence and visibility.

In order for a dining business to compete in the online world, it’s crucial that it has a good looking and cleverly designed website which allows people to view menus, find the location, make reservations, place orders and learn more about the company.

If you’re looking for a creative and quality web design Melbourne agency to help you design your restaurant, bar or pub’s website, we recommend you check Crooked Micks Creative as they provide website design and development, e-commerce and merchant integration, wordpress and blog design, flash animation, online marketing campaigns, search engine optimisation & email marketing services.

The Importance of Restaurant Place – A Listing of Place Selection Criteria For Restaurant

You’ll need to decide on a place wherever your new enterprise can flourish when you have made a decision to take up a restaurant company. There are lots of other things to think about while you understand that you require a great restaurant place with lots of space. These offers a listing of selection criteria which might be utilized to evaluate how great there is a particular place.

A Trade Off Between Rent and Restaurant Place

It’s clear that a restaurant should make an effort to be in a prime place that’s great exposure and great traffic flows that are nearby. Yet these forms of places come at a cost which is the rent that is high you will need to pay. An excellent choice can be in the 2nd or third floor of a structure or to have a prominent place such as down a side lane. Nevertheless, you do need by having a top notch marketing plan in addition to food and service that supports customers to return to compensate for a lousy place.

Operation Size

One of many fundamental necessities using a place will probably be that it’s not small enough for you to establish a restaurant of theory as well as your desired size. Health and security laws will dictate just how a lot of individuals can inhabit the building before you begin taking a look at places so you need to learn about these conditions. You might end up determining the property which you believed was perfect is not too large for the clientele you have to bring.


You’ll notice that restaurants are often found in regions with great availability and are close to residential areas and business districts. Being reachable will make sure you can bring people’s quantities you want to keep up your company. Count foot traffic and vehicle flows and compare people with other places that you’re thinking about.

Occasionally a restaurant’s uncommon place can eventually be a selling point. Remember that below the right circumstances individuals worth characteristics including mountain scene or a shore view over availability and convenience.

Rent or Purchase

You should determine if purchasing or renting premises for your eatery would be the very best move. Both choices have their benefits and drawbacks. Most restaurant entrepreneurs start out renting and keep their capital for company increase and startup costs instead of investing in property in the exact same time.

Reaching an understanding above a lease may be a drawn-out procedure if you are able to handle building owners you can communicate with, so that it helps.

Area Demographics and Market Research

Think about the kind of neighborhood your restaurant space that is planned is situated within. Afterward consider the type of eatery that will be suited to the surrounding residents. Take a moment to analyze the demographics of the region to try and determine the age, ethnic heritage and socioeconomic standing of the neighborhood citizenry.

The neighborhood Market and Location Choice

Individuals will just be eating out in restaurants should they have discretionary income and occupations to spend. How is company sentiment in the neighborhood region?

The neighborhood market may also make an impact on your selection of theory.

Rivalry and Other Companies

One of the standards you have to contemplate is the other companies which are in the region before choosing a restaurant place. At least be sure you decide on a restaurant theory that’s exceptional in the region in order to have few direct competitors.

Second, you need to learn whether or not there are several other companies nearby that may be interchangeable to a restaurant. For instance, if a movie theater is on the other side of the street from your eatery you might see great company from picture goers as they come in to dine before seeing a picture.


An excellent eatery will have its own parking lot. Determined by your theory, nearby public parking might additionally be satisfactory. Nevertheless, remember that a lot of folks will simply drive on to a different restaurant should they’ve to park there car. Notice that in some cities, closeness to public transport may be more significant than parking. But I suggest find a good chauffeur from melbourne star corporate that will make your time spent more memorable and no hassle.

Outside and Environment

Take a great look in other buildings that are around the place which you are considering and the footpaths. They are able to occasionally influence a future diners perception of your company. You may have little control above your neighbors so you would like to pick a restaurant place with surroundings which are nicely kept and neat, tidy.

Renovation Costs

One major variable influencing the scale of renovations is going to be the buildings preceding use. In the event a restaurant also ran on a site subsequently remodeling conditions ought to be minimal.

You need to keep remodeling prices to a minimum in the event you’re renting an area for your eatery. The period of your lease may also be a variable in deciding how much to spend.

Bear in mind that place is among the very key elements that can influence your success when you select to take up a restaurant. The building that you select shouldn’t be in a prominent place but it also needs to be purposeful and practical to permit your eatery to run effortlessly.