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.