[invite] Bianca: Balmain isn’t exactly short of cafes. With neighbouring cafes and restaurants vying for your business in such a concentrated area, it’s hard to weed out the gems. Opening just over a month ago, Gods Creation has quietly been honing their craft. With an emphasis on an Italian fusion menu, we were curious how they stacked up to the competition.
Starting with a Watermelon & Coconut Juice and a Mixed Berry Frappe both equally refreshing on these increasingly warm Sydney weekends.
You can’t exactly miss this cafe, with a striking lime green paint job instantly attracting your attention. There’s a fairly sizeable front verandah which I’m sure will get a lot of use come to Summertime. Perfect for a bit of people watching.
The Organic Combo -w/ Mushrooms, Haloumi, Dry Flag Honey Lemon Sauce, Avocado, Slow roasted tomatoes, Scrambled Eggs and Sourdough $22 is your standard big breakfast, elevated a few notches. With 3 hour roasted tomatoes and some of the best haloumi, we’ve had. That honey/ lemon sauce combo was a killer. And making for a hearty start to the morning, perfectly seasoned velvety scrambled eggs. One for those that like the simple things in life but done well.
Everyone needs a bit of Italian in their lives and we’ll take ours in deli meat form. The Proscuitto Benedict on sourdough $18 was a great take on the usual cafe favourite with the addition of the prosciutto adding that extra special note all tied together by a thick satiny housemade hollandaise.
I was instantly enamoured with the Slow Cooked Pork Belly Burger w/coleslaw & fries $20. Luscious fatty pieces of pork belly with a crunchy-creamy coleslaw. The bottom bun did absorb a lot of liquid and became quite mushy, the placement of the slaw above the pork would alleviate this issue. Still, despite 5 dishes between 2, this was one I found hard to stop eating!
And from the dinner menu, the Prawn Linguine -prawns, scallop, squid and espresso prawn puree $24. I typically wouldn’t order a seafood pasta dish but I was pleasantly surprised. The pasta al-dente, the seafood soft and tender. But I was really most surprised by the quality and depth of the tomato sauce.
And finally, perhaps what I was looking forward to the most. The French Toast -w/crispy bacon, pistachio & maple syrup $18. If there was to be a signifying dish, it would be this one. Crispy Maple Bacon alongside, fluffy crispy French toast. Having been soaked right through, the toast had absorbed a great deal of flavour. I also appreciated the addition of the raspberry puree, adding notes of sharpness. I would have liked a touch more but a minor quibble.
Alex and I were both pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. It’s one to keep in mind when in the area. It’s worth it for the French Toast alone.
Photos by Alex
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of God’s Creation.