Balmain and Birchgrove in Sydney are home to many diverse restaurants. From Japanese, to Turkish, and Thai, they have it all. Explore our guide to the best restaurants in Sydney’s Balmain & Birchgrove neighborhoods.
Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
Restaurant, Australian, $$$
The Cottage is one of the most charming restaurants in Sydney. People describe the restaurant as ‘grandma’s farmhouse.’ The wait staff treats you like family, the atmosphere and decor make you feel right at home and the interior of the restaurant includes rustic wooden tables and chairs and vintage fixtures. There is also a unique courtyard, and the menu consist of large dishes that are meant to be shared and a complementary wine selection.
Address & Phone Number: 342 Darling St, Sydney NSW 2041, Australia +61 2 8084 8185
Spice I Am
Restaurant, Thai, $$$
Spice I Am
Spice I Am offers creative and authentic Thai food. Although they use some vegetables, herbs, and spices imported from Thailand, more than 90% of their ingredients are locally sourced. Be sure to try their spicy and tasty curries as well as one of their creative stir-fries. The interior of their restaurant is modern and trendy – large light fixtures hang from the ceiling and the decorations are minimal. This is the perfect place for a casual night out with friends or famlily.
Address & Phone Number: 237 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia +61 2 9555 9224
Pizzaria, Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, $$$
Rosso Pomodoro offers authentic Italian pizzas, which are made with imported ingredients and then wood-fired. The pizza dough they use is made from locally sourced flour and is then proofed for 72 hours, and the restaurant follows their traditional recipe that comes from Bologna, Italy. Enjoy authentic Italian pizza in a casual and informal setting.
Address & Phone Number: 91/24 Buchanan St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia +61 2 9555 5924
Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Family run Bertoni Casalinga is a restaurant which offers traditional Italian food and authentic coffee, using only the freshest ingredients while everything is cooked on-site everyday. Locals love this little cafe for its friendly and fast service. Be sure to check out their delicious all-day breakfast at weekends.
Address & Phone Number: 281 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia +61 2 9818 5845
Cafe, Coffee, $$$
Little Ethel’s is an intimate and retro local cafe inspired by the 70’s. They are known for their tasty coffee, but also offer a small menu. Their menu is extremely affordable and you can get a whole breakfast for under 10 dollars. For a mid-day snack, try their shared meats plate with salami and cheese.
Address & Phone Number: Shop 2, 84 Mullens St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia +61 2 9555 9911
Samurai offers traditional Japanese food at affordable prices. The interior is decorated with parasols on the walls, and their menu consists of authentic noodle dishes and sushi. Check out their special menu, which includes a sushi platter, samurai course, and lunch menu. They also offer vegetarian options.
Address & Phone Number: 493A Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia +61 2 9810 1426
Restaurant, Asian, Thai, $$$
Satasia Restaurant is a large restaurant that offers various dishes from Asia which is spread out over a main dining room, a private upstairs area and a balcony with views of the town. This is the perfect place for a large party or special night out. In addition to their creative Asian dishes, they also offer gluten free options. With over 200 different options on their menu it can be hard to choose, so ask your waiter for their favorites!
Address & Phone Number: 300 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia +61 2 9810 7826
Restaurant, Middle Eastern, $$$
Kazbah Balmain offers traditional Middle-Eastern cuisine. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – be sure to try their unique breakfast menu and their famous Sinful Chocolate and Raspberry Pancake. For groups larger than eight try their set menu selection. In addition to their flavorful cuisine, they also offer a global wine selection. Be sure to make a reservation, as the restaurant gets crowded at weekends.
Address & Phone Number: 379 Darling St., Balmain NSW 2041, Australia +61 2 9555 7067
Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
love.fish serves fresh and local seafood. At the heart of their restaurant is their commitment to ethically and sustainably sourced seafood and by remaining dedicated to this cause, they hope to reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to their seafood, they also offer an organic wine list. Be sure to check out their weekly specials and their take-home menu.
Address & Phone Number: 580 Darling St, Rozelle NSW 2039, Australia +61 2 9818 7777