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Cool and Brooding: The Eathouse Diner

Whilst all the wholesome, handsome and swell kids from Rydell High were busy carrying on about how they went together like ramma lamma dinga dong at their neat and tidy little diners, The Eathouse must have been where the cool, broody and misunderstood kids were hiding.

The Eathouse Diner
pays homage to the all American diners from the 50s but with some unique twists – from the giant bird mural on the feature wall to the quirky vintage bric-a-brac. The music provides the perfect rock and roll soundtrack and the place has been styled so well that you’d be forgiven for assuming the tunes are coming from an old jukebox somewhere in the back corner rather than an iPod.

Upon entering the venue, my guest and I took a seat at the red Formica bar and we were immediately greeted by attentive staff who oozed cool from their pores. Sipping on our pre-dinner Whale Ales, we perused the blackboard menu on the wall.

Being suckers for anything in a shot glass, we decided to start our meal with a bang and ordered the Oysters with Chilli Salsa and Tequila – kind of like a Bloody Mary for bad asses. While we dealt with the nostalgic burn of tequila on a school night, the mains arrived. First was the Rare Beef with Heirloom Tomatoes, Lentils and a Balsamic Reduction and the Slow Cooked Lamb, which was put together with roasted eggplant, peppers and what I call “laidback tabouli” – hand torn flat leaf parsley with cherry tomatoes and burghul, all effortlessly tossed together, as if reflecting the overall unpretentiousness of the place itself. Both were healthy, man-sized portions and simply delicious.

A word of advice: leave room for dessert. We were forced to share to ease the risk of imploding after our mains. It should be noted that for a savour-tooth like me, desserts rarely serve as provocation or temptation but the Goats Curd Tart with Champagne Peaches was a revelation. It was a perfect balance of sweet and savoury, with a beautifully short pastry. The moment I had my first bite, I immediately regretted agreeing to share.

The Eathouse Diner is original, charming and fun, so rustle up your ragtag gang of urban cool cats and let the Rydell High happy clappers eat your dust.

The Eathouse Diner
306 Chalmers Street
Redfern NSW 2016
Phone: (02) 8084 9479

words: Mireille Lam


February 25, 2011 at 12:31 AM Style On Track said...

Ok, this looks too cute for words :)

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