Food glorious food….
Bondi Restaurans & Cafes
When I travel I always try and find the places to eat where locals eat. Food is an integral part of travelling, in order to understand the city’s culture.
‘First we eat, then everything else” – I wish I had come up with this. Julia Childs said that people who love food are the best people and with winter coming up it’s a perfect time to scrap plans for a bikini body and indulge in all things food and coffee.
Being a Bondi girl, I am a huge fan of all the amazing cafes and restaurants Bondi has to offer.
Here is a list of my top 5 and my reviews.
I have been going to this place for a few years, as it’s the closest thing to a New York Deli I will find in the Eastern Suburbs. Lox, Stock & Barrel offers the best salmon bagel (Smoked Lox), only second to New York of course, as well as the Reuben (Wagyu corned beef, Swiss cheese & sauerkraut) and of course you can’t come to Sydney and not try the avocado smash. The concept is simple, but with the freshest seasonal produce and great service, it’s a café that cannot be missed when dining in Sydney. That’s why its become a favourite amongst locals. The lunch menu showcases mouth watering salads. My top 2 to try are: lightly smoked ocean trout and raw tuna. As well as breakfast and dinner, they have an unreal dinner menu as well, offering a simple, yet delicious menu that will get you hooked. However, the queue are always very long so make sure you book for a dinner reservation, or come early for breakfast.
Guess where I had breakfast this morning?
This is a great place featuring Israeli-Mediterranean cuisine that really took off in the last few years. Fresh sourdough bread, bagels and my old time favourite cheese pocket are baked daily on the premise. If you love Shakshuka then this is the best place to try it. Just like every café in Bondi, its very popular with locals, especially on weekends, so if you want to avoid the noise, try a weekday instead of a weekend.
St The lovely European inspired bistro run by Brother and sister Neil and Lianne Gottheiner has an ambience and décor that is inviting and welcoming. The menu is seasonal and the dishes are inspired by cuisine from Italy and France. Personally, I find Brown Sugar the best in winter, when you feel like a bottle of red wine, and their wine list offers wonderful smaller wineries. My favourite dish is the fish pie, with leeks and truffle oil. Alternatively, the figs, butter, lettuce salad and fourme d’ambert and walnuts, is another to die for dish. If you are a meat lover, there is a variety of dishes to choose from. Just like everything else on the menu, the desserts including the Frangelico affogato and fig biscotti is mouth-watering.
https://www.instagram.com/brownsugarbondi/ – Courtesy of Brown Sugar Bondi
China Diner represents a contemporary and fresh approach to Asian dining. I love the setting, it’s casual yet very inviting and relaxing. It’s one of our family dinner favourites. I love their take on cocktails – Suzee Wong with Fords Gin, watermelon, Suze and kaffir lime or Lemongrass & Coconut Sour lemongrass infused Wyborowa Vodka, citrus and coconut foam are some of favourites. Our usual dinner includes duck pancakes, scallops with Vietnamese shallot dressing and chicken wings with sticky kapis manis peanuts and shallots and the steamed snapper with Chinese broth, shitake, bamboo shoot and celery.
If you love fresh seafood, then this is the place for you. They offer a great variety of fresh sushi and sashimi. You can just pick a fresh piece of fish from the display and it will be cooked to your liking. If you want a great dish to share, the oysters served with Ponzu and Trout Roe and Ginger Shallot. My absolute favourite is miso marinated Glazier 51 Patagonian Toothfish and Fried cauliflower, pine nuts, mint, shallot and nuoc cham.
Check out their respective sites to see if you can book a table.
So next time you are around Bondi do try one of those great places.