We travelled to Balmain on the ferry as it's such a delight to be on Sydney Harbour when the sun is shining. The walk into the village from the ferry terminal is a treat in itself as we meandered past many of Balmain's well preserved buildings.
The interior decor is a mix of French country kitchen in the downstairs dining area, whilst the upstairs mezzanine attic space is adorned with colourful antique lounges and hanging plants - a bright, fun and quirky space. Old colonial buildings can sometimes be dark but the guys at The Cottage have cleverly opened up the small courtyard at the rear of the property to provide more light and a feeling of openness.
Arriving at The Cottage we were welcomed by a shady courtyard seating area with an abundance of flowering plants and trees. Unfortunately all the seats were taken so we contented ourselves at a high table just inside the French doors leading off the terrace - a gentle spring breeze wafting through the doors.
Our dishes finished we moved onto the terrace to finish off our wine and order desserts. When looking at dessert menus I usually go straight for the chocolate dishes however this time the Trifle Flowerpot caught my eye - adult's nutella, caramel creme, peanut butter mousse, raspberry jelly, crushed Kingston's and almond praline, and pistachio floss! I wasn't too sure what to expect as I'm not a huge trifle fan but as soon as my spoon pierced the Kingston's and almond praline through to the raspberry jelly and peanut butter mousse below, I knew I had hit the jackpot with this dessert. The flavours intensified as I dug deeper and reached the nutella at the bottom - I didn't want it to end. Kevin's digestive creme brulee with almond biscotti was also beautiful, with a lovely creamy texture, but I think he was distracted by my constant proclamations that my dessert was the "best ever".
Dragging ourselves away from The Cottage was very hard as it has such a great chilled out vibe, with wonderful food, wine and friendly helpful staff. I can see ourselves spending a lot of time here working our way through the menu.
What is the best dessert you've ever had?
The Cottage Bar & Kitchen, 342 Darling Street, Balmain, Sydney
Tel: 02 8084 8185
Opening hours: Mon–Wed: 5pm–midnight; Thur–Sat: 12pm–midnight; Sun: 12pm–10pm