Bohemia, the crossroads of Central Europe, was a haven for poets, artists and writers, so you’ll understand if there’s a bit of artistic license with the dishes they present. By not being ‘purists’ they do ensure that anyone ‘ including vegetarians and those who prefer lighter choices ‘ can dine in a gorgeous setting, complete with an internal (smoker friendly) courtyard. Enjoy bar snacks like Skvarky ($7.90), duck skin crackling, with the ultimate Bohemian drinks ‘ Absinthe ($7.90), Babicka / the original Wormwood Vodka ($7.90) and a huge selection of beer, including the ridiculously alcoholic (11.3%) Rochefort 10 ($14.50). Begin your meal with Belgian Beer Mussels ($10.90) served in the shell with shallot and brioche crumbs; and Sliced Smoked Beef with Budapest Cream ($11.90). For mains, if you’re hungry try the Traditional Bavarian Feast Platter ($25.90) ‘ two types of excellent dumplings compliment a mountain of meats including great roast duck, an impressive chicken schnitzel and smoky ribs. The Grilled Pork Knuckle ($21.50) is substantial and spectacular ‘ served impaled by a knife on a wooden board with accompanying pickles, mustard and a great beetroot/horseradish dip. Your hard earned dollar buys a lot here, in terms of both food and alcohol; and the staff enhance the experience.
9/332 Darling Street, Balmain (rear Man’s Institute Arcade) (02) 9810 0829
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