Carbs are their own kind of satisfying. Nothing beats a good a crispy potato dish, and the menu at Barmuda in Newtown has potato cake featuring in various dishes on their permanent menu. It’s a stone’s throw from the famous Blackstar Pastry, literally two stores down (or is it up?).
We start with an Iced Hot Chocolate ($6.90) made with chocolate shavings, hot milk, ice cubes and topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce. This tasted decent, although the pile of unmelted chocolate shavings at the bottom with a narrow straw made sipping difficult. It came out warm, though, before the rather icy ice cream and ice cubes had started to cool it down.
Shortly after, the Potato Stack ($16.50) arrives. It’s two squares of crispy potato cake with scrambled eggs, grilled eggplant, rocket and tomato relish.
The potato cake, a layered cake of potato slices, tastes like super crispy thick cut potato chips (think Tyrrell’s Crisps but thicker), while the scrambled eggs are silky smooth and the tomato components added delicious pops of acidity. The only disappointment my hope for an eggplant steak rather than the slither.
T goes for The Local ($16.50) with two poached free range eggs, baked beans, balsamic and rosemary mushrooms, potato cake roasted tomatoes and toast. The eggs were poached perfectly, the baked beans were toothsome yet soft in the middle, and the mushrooms were just tasty. The hearty amount of food for the same price as the Potato Stack makes this a winner.
The good food and the quick and friendly service makes Barmuda a place to return.
Barmuda is located at 283 Australia St, Newtown NSW 2042.