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Review - The Ditzy Tart


What’s this - a pocket of Newtown springing up in trendy Bondi?

It’s easy to sink into this laid-back, homely cafe that looks and feels like a lounge room.

Maybe it’s because your Nanna’s got those chairs; or your Mum’s using the same crockery?

Whatever it is, it makes a bowl of Homemade Baked Beans with Bacon and Maple Syrup ($5) taste mighty comforting.

Menu items are mostly pre-prepared; a Sweet Chilli Chicken Burger ($8) benefits from good home-made coriander pesto and a great patty, but the Brasserie Bread roll would shine if they assembled them when ordered.

The same goes for the Lamb Kofta Burger ($8) with minted yoghurt, hummus, rocket and sun-dried tomatoes.

But who cares about savoury food when there are cakes to be eaten.” Andria Bingham has a point, and she can really bake. She aims for “cakes like Nanna used to make” but she easily surpasses mine with her gorgeous Raspberry Flan ($6). Cute Red Velvet Cupcakes ($3.50) are a sinful surprise, and well complimented by a cup of Morgan’s Handcrafted Coffee ($3.30/reg, $3.80/lg).

A moist slice of Carrot Cake ($6) goes down a treat with a Stolen Recipe Iced Tea ($3.50). It’s nice to see a cafe supporting the local community’s musicians and artists with an egalitarian system: “Anyone who wants to have a go puts their name in our diary.” Are you the next big thing?

The Ditzy Tart
11 Curlewis Street, Bondi
Ph: (0433) 245 932

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( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
I could sample that for sure.

I wonder if this place has moved in where the cafe I liked was at...? Only, of course, I can't remember the name of the cute little cafe I liked. It was half way up a hill to the northern side. I could drive there in my sleep though.

Not sure about the baked beans with bacon and maple syrup, but that's because I can't imagine the bacon and maple taste at all. I'd be willing to try it, but I guess I'm a bit of a Puritan about my maple syrup! It goes on pancakes or ice-cream (which is on pancakes!)

MMM *wanders to the kitchen*
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Maple syrup is a great sweetener, Craig adds it to all sorts of European style cooking to balance sauces, and to salad dressings. It is almost at New South Head Road, not really half way up.
Feb. 2nd, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think the place I liked is gone. I *think* it was where the now "Bamboo Vegetarian Organic Cafe" is, I think. That's just from looking at Google Maps.

It's been a while.

I know Maple syrup is a good sweetener - FOR PANCAKES!*

*I can be persuaded to try it other ways.
Mar. 29th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
BROWN SUGAR was the name of the little place I was thinking of, it just came to me.
Mar. 30th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Yes, I enjoyed that one too. Lovely owners. I will try and dig up my review.
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