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Photographs: David Straight

Quite often, we get asked where to go to brunch in this town. Not being fans of over-priced eggs, we can now say: Bun Hut. The interior is classic Balmoral Cheap Eat – vinyl, chrome, flat light. The service is actually quite friendly. It’s spotless – the other day, a waitress worked her way around the entire restaurant polishing the table legs. It’s open from 8 to 8, but don’t let that stop you from going early – Bun Hut’s loyal clientele certainly don’t.

The buns – baozi – are good: small, and delicate. They cost $4 for five – we like the pork and fennel, loaded with fennel fronds, and we like the pork, prawn and egg – savoury and sweet at the same time. On a recent lunch, we also ate an excellent tofu salad, and “marinated chicken”, ($7), which was beautifully poached chicken, slathered with chilli sauce. Also good for breakfast: pancakes ($2 to $5) – like a crepe, with egg, fried crispy pieces, maybe chives; classic Chinese street food. We’re going to head back for one of the tofu soups soon. An excellent way to start – or, for that matter, end – the day. SFG

HOURS Monday to Sunday, 8am to 8pm.

ADDRESS 563 Dominion Road, Balmoral, ph 638-8898.

IMPORTANT DETAILS This is about as cheap as it gets. A recent large lunch for two cost $24.


  1. madelief wrote:

    Sounds great. I’d pay double if I knew the pork was free range.

    Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink
  2. Mildred wrote:

    When you google this place a pretty bad review comes up mentioning a d rating given in 2013.

    Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink
  3. SFG wrote:

    And? Both Bun Huts – there is one on Victoria Street – now have A grades.

    Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink
  4. Lin Nah wrote:

    Try also the Tang Bin (pancake with sesame paste + brown sugar).
    It is also one of the few places that offer savoury tofu jelly. you know the bowls of very soft silky tofu w syrup at yum char? they serve it with a savoury sauce instead of syrup

    Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  5. Lin Nah wrote:

    Forgot to add:
    I don’t think they always close at 11pm. Sometimes a little earlier – perhaps they ran out of most things etc.

    Mildred: they probably have bad reviews because if you go there for ambience, table service, and anything else apart from good food that’s cheap, you’ll be disappointed. They are slightly better than when they first opened. basically you go up to the counter, pick up the menu, make your order + pay. If eating there, go sit at a table. food is brought to you. that’s all there is.
    There’s no liquor licence and you have to help yourself to water.

    Friday, October 3, 2014 at 11:36 am | Permalink
  6. SFG wrote:

    Thank you Lin – the opening hours were from the restaurant at the time of the review, but they’ve obviously changed in the interim so I’ve updated them now. You’re right – it’s a bare bones kind of place, but then that’s sort of the point really. Will definitely try the Tang Bin next time… Though we do find it hard to get past the Bing!

    Friday, October 3, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

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