Share plates are a huge trend on the dinning scene. Of course it means you get to try more food but if you've ever been to Wilhelmina's Balmain you'll know the last thing you'll want to do is share! Seriously though with food this delicious it's extremely hard not to be a greedy pig and devour every single morsel all to yourself.
It’s a mild Sunday afternoon and we head to Wilhelmina’s Balmain for an early dinner and some sundown cocktails. Right in the heart of Balmain on Darling st, Wilhelmina’s has made quite an impact and it’s loyal customers tell us it’s definitely the pick on the strip.
Straight away we gravitate to the drinks list. Impressed with the selection of spritzes we both choose the Peninsula Spritz – lillet rose, mediterranean tonic + oregano.
Extremely refreshing and light its a great choice and for food we order the grilled asparagus, the mushroom toastie, the scotch egg.
So normally picking a standout is easy but in this case we’d say it was quite a challenge. We both agree the mushroom toastie is a game changer. Huge fans of the rich flavour of truffle and oozing with melted cheese, this is completely moorish and addictive. You know when you eat something and then for the next week you crave it again… well this is the toastie. The grilled asparagus here at Wilhelmina’s Balmain has a light charcoal flavour the bright green spears sit across an almond skordalia dip and tiny bursts of grapefruit inject freshness to the rich smokey flavours. The Scotch egg is tasty and the potatoes although not crispy are very satisfying.
The vibe of Willies is a little more Surry Hills than Balmain which makes sense when we learn the owners have establishments in a few other Sydney locations. There’s definitely a hit of hipster and the huge mural painted on the wall near the kitchen reminds us of Fitzroy or somewhere equally cool in Melbourne.
You can sit on the street or by the bar and there’s a combination of seating arrangements. The venue is actually split into two main rooms so groups can hire a space all to themselves.
In terms of fashion this is where you could let your unique style shine. Balmain, no disrespect, isn’t exactly fashionable but here at Wilhelmina’s you’ll probably find the areas most fashionable peeps. We both decide it could be last time we get away with thigh high boots as Sydney warms up and two older very stylish ladies call out “love your boots” as we leave.