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The Eathouse, Redfern

I don’t venture out to Redfern very often. I was catching up with M for dinner one Friday evening, and thought we would get out of our ‘local’ areas. She suggested The Eathouse, which is a block down from Baffi & Mo. It’s an American style diner, with a slick curved bar that leads to the open kitchen. It is not a big restaurant, quite cozy and seating area is big enough to fit ten or so tables.

It was a very busy Friday evening, we arrived at about 7.30pm and took the last seats available which were by the window – bar style. If we wanted at able, it would be a 45 mins wait! It was a rather warm evening and were more than happy to sit by the window. It was busy and buzzing with lots of people queuing for a table.

The menu is written on a board which is hung on a wall – I think this was the only menu in the restaurant!

We were both famished! Started with deep fried white bait with aioli – it had me at ‘aioli’. The white bait was a little soggy for our liking, it didn’t have that ‘crunch’ but drenched in aioli it was very satisfying! It was good, but wasn’t the best deep fried white bait I have had.

We also shared the duck liver pate with sweet and sour onions. We both love duck liver pate! The duck liver pate was deliciously creamy and tasty, and the sweet and sour onions were a great complement. Unfortunately, M doesn’t like sweet and sour onions, so more for me! Eaten with crunchy crust and moist bread it was awesomely good! Have to admit though, Porteno’s duck liver pate is still slightly better!

We were getting a tad full by this stage, I think our eyes were bigger than our stomach. M opted for the pan fried barramundi with kipler chips and zucchini herb salad. The zucchini herb salad was amazing – thinly cut zucchini with parsley and dressing, it was refreshing and absolutely delicious. The fish was a pan fried, a little bland for my liking but still very simple and nice. The kipler chips I didn’t have but M demolished this – she loves potatoes!

No guessing what I had! As soon as I saw it on the menu I knew I had to have it! Crispy caramel pork with radish pear and watercress. Three words, OH MY GOD! Delicious pork goodness served in a bowl tossed with water cress. Cut into bite size, the crispy caramel pork was just incredible, slightly sweet with a slitter of fat. It was a little gooey from the caramel but it was seriously tender and seriously succulent. I was full but couldn’t help but eat more and more, each mouthful was better than the next! The next thing I knew, the bowl was empty! Gone! I couldn’t help but demolished the whole thing – clean! If no one was looking, I would have probably licked the bowl too!

I was stuffed! Think M looked at me in awe as she saw how empty my bowl was! Don’t think she finished her main, however, it was crispy caramel pork M, crispy caramel pork! We were both stuffed, and as much as we wanted to share the banana split, we just couldn’t. With Christmas coming up and all the eating, we thought we should refrain, and I am glad that we did.

The Eathouse is only open for dinner now, they had previously opened for lunch but wanted to concentrate on just dinner. When we left a few hours later, the place was still buzzing. People were still queuing to get in for a late night snack. The service was friendly albeit a little bit slow at times, however still a delight. Will definitely be back to try the banana split.

As always, it was great catching up with M. Never a dull moment or conversation, and I look forward to our next catch up!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

The Eathouse

306 Chalmers Street

Redfern, 2016

Ph: +61 2 8084 9479 (no reservations)

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  1. December 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Sounds like you have a separate tummy for yummy pork! Sounds like a nice cafe.

  2. December 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Oh that crispy caramel pork looks to die for – i think i would have gone straight for that dish also –
    redfern is booming with awesome new eateries! cant wait to try this one out!

    • December 17, 2010 at 11:55 pm

      hey G, thanks for dropping by! oh i agree, there are more and more restaurants in redfern! the pork is a must! it was just divine…. hope you have a wonderful christmas!

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