Sydney's Inner West
The Cat and Fiddle is located on the corner of the popular Darling Street and Elliot Street in Balmain. It's a perfect family friendly venue for get togethers and popular for mothers group lunches.
The Wine Bar Garden Room restaurant really feels like you are outside but with the benefit of air conditioning. The ceilings are vast with a huge atrium letting in lots of natural light and there are beautiful hanging gardens. There is lots of space for prams (there are a few steps down to the restaurant but they are manageable with a pram, there is also a ramp down to the restaurant -just ask the friendly staff!) and plenty of seating options with booths being a handy option for families. It’s definitely a big hit with families and it's casual enough to feel comfortable bringing kids here.
There is a great kids menu, with all meals from $8.00 and include Crispy Chicken with mash peas and gravy, Mini fish and chips, Little sausage and big chips and Spaghetti.
Note - due to licensing laws, kids under 12 are only allowed in the hotel until 7.30pm so make sure you factor this into your night out.
Two of our KIDsize reviewers have been lucky enough to eat at the Cat and Fiddle, so we have been able to sample quite a few of the dishes on the menu. We were not disappointed! The food is fresh and tasty, with a modern twist on the old favourites.
During one of our sessions, we ordered the Magners cured trout with royal toast, spring shoots, lime juice and caper berries ($16) and Paddy the Bakers toasted soda bread ($6) for starters. It’s a cold dish, refreshing and delicious and the soda bread was perfect with it. For mains I ordered the Confit Pork Belly - crispy pig trotter, blood pudding, carrot, black apple and jelly ($28) and a side of roasted veg and seeds ($8). The dish looked so pretty I don’t want to ruin it but of course I did, mmmming and aaahhhhing at every mouthful. Hubby had the Beef burger ($22) and couldn’t resist ordering a side order of hot fries with roast meat gravy and cheese ($10). It looked really good and confirmed as top notch!
In our second sitting we ordered the Spiced Fish Cakes ($25). The dish looked amazing, and tasted beautiful and fresh. Others at the table ordered the steak ($29) and the Oat Crusted Schnitzel ($22) and no-one was left hungry. The steak was perfectly cooked, and accompanied by fantastic fries. The schnitzel looked so good, it was a shame to eat it, but no-one was going to miss out on the delicious mash!
We finished our meal with a serve of the Guinness chocolate cheesecake ($15) which is a great dish to share, although it was a fight for the last bite!
All in all, the Cat and Fiddle is a great place for a relaxed family meal, or a catch up with friends in beautiful surroundings. There is live music on the weekends, and lots of specials during the week for lunch and dinner (schnitzel and a beer for $15 on Tuesday's, $14 lunch specials Monday to Friday to name a few).
Kids are not just accommodated, they are welcome at the Cat and Fiddle and the owners are looking to introducing family friendly events on weekends along with kid friendly packs and even a play area during the day, which will be great!
You can also book the Garden room for functions (up to 100 people) for morning lunch or evening events.