A LOCAY Guide to the best restaurants in Bondi
With cafes and restaurants on practically every corner, and new venues seeming to pop up practically overnight, there is no question about it. The people of Bondi love to eat out. With so many of amazing dining options, how do you choose the best place to eat in Bondi?
Well, this LOCAY guide to the best restaurants in Bondi is a great place to start.
Exquisite Lebanese tapas. Rustic, bare brick walls and touches of middle eastern design make up the minimalist interior of this meze-style eatery but don’t be fooled by the simplicity. With dishes designed to be shared in the company of friends, the menu is simply bursting with the delicate flavours of the Levant – the mediterranean Middle East, which takes in Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Cyprus and the South East corner of Turkey.
Great washed down with creative levant-inspired cocktails such as the Egyptian Hibiscus Spritz (hibiscus tea, vodka, ginger, prosecco) or the Musky Istanbul (house-made limonata, mescal and mint). We can’t get enough of the grilled haloumi with burnt honey and walnuts, or the 16 hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder. Prepare to take your senses on a journey
This Bondi mainstay opposite is popular with locals for long evenings of tapas, drinks and live music. The eclectic menu delivers a unique fusion of Taiwanese street food and Japanese deliciousness, thanks to the chef who grew up in Taiwan before living in Japan. From sushi tacos or slow-cooked eggplant in degaku miso to Buffalo Wings in blue cheese sauce or BBQ duck pancakes, the variety of flavours is quite astonishing.
Soak up the Shanghai opium den meets 1920s Paris vibes sip on an asian-inspired cocktail, such as the Japanese Penicillin (with 12-year-old Yamasaki whisky, ginger, lemongrass and honey) or the Lychee sau wau (Asian Caiprioska – Vodka, house sake, lychees, fresh mint and yuzu). Or get stuck into the extensive sake, Japanese beer or plum wine list.
Modern Colombian street food cooked with love. This is comfort eating at its best but be prepared for a taste explosion. Arepas (white corn pockets) are filled with a variety of ingredients, from slow cooked meats through to vegetarian and vegan options, the menu unites South American flavour with cuisines from around the world. You’ll find slow-cooked pulled pork and slaw, cheese and pickles or slow cooked lamb, mint, feta, grilled eggplant and tzatziki, alongside more traditional black beans, guacamole and plantains. And the whole menu is gluten free.
This hole in the wall style restaurant is very popular, with people often lining up outside. Pull up a stool at one of their communal bar style tables, or get a takeaway box to eat on the beach.
If you’re looking for some plant-based goodness, look no further than vegan restaurant Eden. This light-filled tropical paradise located upstairs in the swanky Pacific complex is the brainchild of two local plant-based personalities: Tanya Smart, who previously owned Conscious Feast, and Simon Hill of popular Instagram, blog and podcast Plant Proof.
The healthy menu has been designed to please everyone, so expect to find reworking of some old favourites like Popcorn Cauliflower, Mushroom Ragu or Hemp Mac and Cheese amongst other vegan delights. They’ve got a pretty extensive cocktail list too, including some non-alcoholic options, made from luscious botanicals, fruits juices and elixirs.
Good food that feels good. Owned and operated by The Wayside Chapel, this social enterprise cafe is only steps away from the beach. The food is fresh, wholesome and packed with flavour, giving a firm nod to Middle Eastern cuisine. And the exceptional single origin coffee is provided by local Eastern Suburbs coffee purveyors, Gypsy Expresso.
Enjoy a delicious meal while helping disadvantaged young people bridge the gap from unemployment to mainstream employment.
Get ready to eat your way through Bondi!