About Us

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.

our team

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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Loyal customers, friends, and our local Balmain community - thank you for your incredible continued support over the last few months. While we’ve eased back, adapting to a ‘new normal’, we’d like to reassure you of the measures we’re taking to support community efforts to help control the spread of COVID-19, and that Blue Ginger is a COVID-Safe approved venue. The health and safety of our staff and customers is our first priority so while we work hard to ensure we’re adhering to all Government requirements, you can still be assured of the same quality service and South-East Asian cuisine you’ve come to expect for the last 20 years.


During this time, we’ve had to make a few changes, so we appreciate your support and understanding. We are currently operating as a fully licensed (no BYO) venue, taking reservations of no more than 10 people. We are open for dinner Tuesday – Sunday, from 6.00-10pm, offering four seating time slots of 90 minutes only:

6.00 – 7.30pm

6.30 – 8.00pm

7.30 – 9.00pm

8.00 – 9.30 pm


We continue to provide takeaway and delivery service.


As we all work through these challenging times, thank you again for your continued patronage.  For more information, please contact us on 02 9818 4662 or at reservations@blueginger.com.au