The Eathouse Diner is a cosy eatery in Redfern that's warm and inviting. But it's also borderline kitschy (in a good way). A colour palette that showcases mint green and red hues, it's not a restaurant you'd normally associate with Redfern.
I visit on a Tuesday night around 8 o'clock with my food-loving friend BR. Even at 8pm we don't get a table right away, so we wander down to Dry Land Bar for a beverage.
First up, we order the duck liver pate with sweet and sour onions ($18) to share before our mains. The pate is seriously good, and we're spreading it on the chunks of bread like we haven't eaten in weeks. I did my blog research prior to coming here, and I knew that the pate was going to be top notch. I wasn't disappointed.
The truffle mac 'n' cheese with tallegio, cheddar & grana padano ($22) catches my eye immediately. This is some crazy cheesy, creamy, truffly stuff. It's exactly the kind of dish I love. Adding pepper also helped in cutting through the richness of this ultra-cheesy dish. But be warned, I couldn't even finish half of it by myself. Luckily, BR lends a hand (or his stomach, rather) and polishes it off for me.
BR goes for the papardelle with pork, fennel and chilli ($25), which has just the right amount of kick from chilli. I'm normally not the biggest fan of fennel, but it's a great flavour combination here. Next to the mac 'n' cheese, this can almost be classified as refreshing.
I was dead set sure that I'd order dessert (because I always do). I knew I wanted to try the rhubarb & apple crumble sundae, but after that mac 'n' cheese there was no way I could have eaten anything else. Perhaps in the near future I'll be able to return for dessert.
Overall, the food is hearty and satisfying. It's a little bit on the pricey side, especially when you're just casually here on a weeknight, but I felt that the dishes we ordered were worth it.