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Nestled in the village atmosphere of Balmain’s main street, Blue Ginger is a South-East Asian restaurant with its main focus on quality of food and service standards.

Behind the 150 year-old carved and brass-bolted temple doors, Blue Ginger portrays a calm and spacious oasis, that is until half-way through the evening when it literally can be overflowing with diners. It is well-recognised as a jewel in the crown of the Inner West of Sydney and an institution for high quality South-East Asian food.

Since opening in 1996, Blue Ginger has received many awards and accolades.

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Michael Corrente

Michael Corrente


Michael Corrente is no stranger to the Sydney restaurant business, starting out learning the basics in a busy, high-volume function centre over 25 years ago. It was not long before he opened his first restaurant on Norton Street – the successful and popular Café Norton.

Since then he has been involved in 18 restaurants – notably Café Norton and Luna Blu on Norton Street, and Big Mama’s in Woollahra. Then, 17 years ago, he opened Blue Ginger in Balmain, his longest-running success story.

Michael is passionate about great food and wine. Travelling frequently to Asia and elsewhere on culinary tours, he keeps in touch with Asian cuisines worldwide. A lover of flavoursome street food using local produce and handmade ingredients, the inspiration for the creation of Blue Ginger is evident.


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To our valued and loyal customers and our local  Balmain community,

In this uncertain and unprecedented time we find ourselves in, we hope you're all staying well and safe, and connected the best way we can.

We have seen a lot of changes in a short amount of time, forcing us all to adapt to a new 'normal'. We all know that we will continue to face these changes over the coming days and weeks and that it’s a long road ahead before we can come back to the life we know.

We're doing the best we can to navigate these uncharted waters, to adapt to a new way of working to ensure we can still provide a service and remain operational.

Whilst we're still offering a takeaway, delivery and Uber Eats service, the reality is, we just don't know for how long given the current environment.

For now, though, we remain open. So, whether you're self-isolating bingeing on Netflix or having a virtual catch-up with friends, please order from us.

We can't thank you enough for your ongoing loyalty over the last 20+ years. Please stay well, stay strong...We're in this together.

#slowthespread  #covid19australia #staysafe


Michael and the Blue Ginger team.