The Falconer, Darlinghurst
I have always wondered about this place. It has been around for as long as I remember. Located on the bottom of Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, this restaurant is rather old looking, facade rather plain with a sliding door. However, once entering, the decor is that of a diner, reminds me a little of a diner in America. The cute booths, the bar at the front of the cafe, and the cute old looking typewriter near the entrance.
It was one of those days, I needed ME time. A couple of hours on my own where I can eat something yummy, drinking good coffee and read a book. So with my book ‘Shit my dad says’, I went to the Falconer and ate.
It was past midday, I was hoping to get some breakfast, however, they don’t serve all day breakfast. The only breakfast item on the menu was croque madame with kuributa ham, gruyere cheese and a fried egg. It sounded wonderful but I wanted something ‘healthier’.
Started with blood orange juice ($4.50) – I don’t think it is freshly squeezed, but it was still rather refreshing.
The confit duck with rocket, orange, tomatoes and pine nuts drizzled with vinaigrette ($16.50) had my name on it. Generous serving of shredded confit duck which was incredibly tender and succulent. I love the combination of duck and orange and the pine nuts a wonderful complement. It was exactly what I wanted. It was relatively healthy, light and incredibly filling!
The cappuccino ($3.80), smooth, strong and aromatic.
I love the old record player – strictly vinyl. The staff are dressed quite trendy, it has a very chill and cool vibe, very relaxing. I didn’t feel as though I was rushed or pushed, I sat there for almost two hours, eating and reading my wonderful book.
I came back a week later after a lunch gathering backfired, but I didn’t mind it so much. I wanted to go back to The Falconer to try their reuben sandwich ($14)- corned beef on a toasted sandwich with ‘kick arse’ horse radish pickles and a side of salad.
WOW! Thinly sliced corned beef, which was incredibly tender with generous dollop of horseradish cream and was it ‘kick arse’? It sure was! Deliciously creamy and a wonderful complement to the corn beef.
The pickles were extremely sour – made up for the sauerkraut. It was missing cheese – melted cheese, but it was still pretty good I thought. Delicious! Definitely worth coming back for.
There are many versions of Reuben sandwich, but a ‘true’ Reuben consists of corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and russian dressing on toasted rye bread. I ‘may’ be on the hunt for the best Reuben sandwich. If you do know of a place, let me know!
The falconer is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
31 Oxford Street
Ph: +61 2 9267 8434