Soho in Balmain is the latest drink and dine offering to open on the popular strip of Darling Street, Balmain. If you’re heading over from the east side of Sydney and it’s a balmy night, take a ferry from Circular Quay. It’s a great way to travel and play tourist in your home town.
Soho in Balmain, marks the first culinary adventure for husband and wife owners Ronite Hammond (Design 4 Space) and Justin Boyd (IT background). It’s their first time venturing into the hospitality industry after their travels around the world inspired them to open a wine bar.
Being an interior designer Ronite is responsible for the fit out drawing inspiration from 1920s New York with a Moroccan twist. “Soho in Balmain is my take on what a boutique hotel in Soho, New York, would have felt like in the 1920’s. We balanced it with a clean and modern twist to blend the two inspirations and to ensure the overall effect was chic and luxurious,” she said.
Despite their lack of industry experience Ronite and Justin have surrounded themselves with a team of experts including Head Chef Steve Koster. The young chef has worked in many hatted restaurants including; Black by Ezard, Fratelli Fresh, Bathers and Bird Cow Fish.
His signature dish, ‘cheese on toast’, is a tasty combination of halloumi, mandarin and hazelnut ($15). The slow cooked beef cheek, sherry and cauliflower crumb ($20) also deserves a mention.
If you’re looking for a night of Balmain bar hopping also check out Wilhelmina’s and The Cottage.