On a Saturday morning, nabbing a table at Contessa Balmain proves an almighty challenge. The cafe has been an institution on Darling Street since 1992 — making it one of the suburb's oldest residents. And its popularity comes with good reason. The menu fuses American classics with traditional Italian flavours. Expect freshly baked bread from Luxe Bakery alongside Contessa's take on Sydney's brunch staples. For those looking to indulge after a big Friday night, the 'ultimate' hickory-smoked bacon and egg roll will do the trick. As the day rolls on, the house-made pastas, burgers, and salads are sure to keep you fuelled and firing.
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