February 14th, 2011

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - The Eathouse Diner

Baseball caps at jaunty angles, skinny-leg jeans, a smattering of tattoos - and that’s just the customers!

Despite attracting the instinctively hip, this organically kitsch diner decked out in turquoise and red puts out a come-as-you-are vibe.

Even with packed tables, the perky and personable staff give the impression they’d rather you put your feet up, down a few compelling cocktails, and stay a while.

A Golden Cobra sticker leads me to a fruity and rich Espresso Martini ($14.50).  It’s tasty, but eclipsed by great balance (and even greater Tequila) in a Pine Mint Margarita ($14.50).

Throw down an Oyster Shot with Chilli Salsa ($3.50) before moving on...

...to the generous Duck Liver Pate ($18) with sweet’n’sour onions and charred Sonoma bread. You know it’s good when it’s been on the menu since day one.

For pleasing Caribbean comfort, try the Jerk Spatchcock with Bean’n’Rice ($27).

The Caramel Pork Hock ($22) with hazelnuts, watercress and apple is definitely chewy; but being somewhat carb-focused, to me it’s more a sharing dish.

If I had a gripe it’d be hiding blobs of dulce de leche in the (excellent) Banana Split ($9); poor caramel-obsessed me had to eat whole thing!

Those obsessed with naked ladies should check out the toot.

The wine list is short, but interesting both in content and hand-drawn delivery. I enjoyed a food-suitable glass of Ocean Eight Pinot Gris ($11) from the Mornington Peninsula.

The Eathouse Diner
306 Chalmers Street, Redfern
Ph: (02) 8084 9479

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