Where we eat in Bondi
Living and working in Bondi means we get to try many of the local restaurants. We are spoilt for choice - and it is hard to get a bad meal - but here are our favourites:
Bills Bondi - great for breakfast, lunch, coffee, a drink or dinner it's always good with healthy but flavoursome food and drink options, attentive but low key staff, comfortable chairs and a relaxed 'living room' vibe. The tumeric chicken salad is one of our favourites, but it's hard to go wrong here.
Drake Eatery - we love it for lunch or a drink and think their coffee is the best on Gould St (and we are in good company - we waited for our takeaway there with Hugh Jackman this week). Modern Australian cuisine with creative but simple menus and lovely service.
Sean's Panorama - Sean's is a Bondi institution having been serving his signature farm to table cuisine since the 1990s. Well-located right opposite North Bondi beach, we love it for dinner anytime of year. Make sure you book in advance.
Fish Bowl - relatively new to Bondi but with queues out the door even in their newly expanded premises, Fish Bowl offers healthy, tasty Japanese/Hawaiian poke bowls of goodness. Our favourite is the Tokyo with a brown rice and cabbage base. We go for a quick takeaway lunch or healthy early dinner. Located in the Woolworths/Pacific/QT complex.
Banana Blossom - a small chain of healthy Asian noodle dishes originating from Sydney's Northern beaches. Service lacks in charm but we go there for the takeaway lunch (not open for dinner) and usually order the New York. Located in a side street off Hall Street so easy to miss.
China Diner - a family regular, they do great gluten free Chinese. Peking duck everyone's favourite dish, the servings are generous and food delicious. You can usually get a last minute table if you arrive early - we love it for an early dinner followed by Messina dessert.
Blanca - for a special lunch or dinner out, we love the tasting menus - including the vegetarian one. A unique Mediterranean, Japanese fusion, the food is delicately flavoured, beautifully presented and not too rich. Hidden at the back of the Adina complex it can be overlooked but is great.
Soy - a Friday evening family favourite, Soy is located on the Southern side of Bondi up the hill a little on Campbell Parade. Tables out front have a view of the beach. It's small so can be worth booking ahead. Serves great Japanese. We love the teriyaki.
Earth Food Store - our lunch regular. We love its selection of rotating salads, vegetarian fritters, sushi rolls, gluten free cakes, fresh juices, hot chocolates. With friendly staff, healthy food, and quick service, we love it.
The Well - new to Bondi, the Well brings organically farm grown ingredients to their seasonal menu. Located in the heart of Campbell Parade, it's the pick of the bunch in this busy strip of eateries. Sensational breakfast menu.
Tin Pin - further up Bondi Road, Tin Pin is our local coffee favourite and destination for gluten free and other treats. Friendly staff it's small so can be hard to get a table. Sit outside and meet the local dogs waiting for their owners. Also try their new Schnitzel House just opposite for a family lunch or dinner.
Corner House Bondi - a long time favourite although has suffered a few menu and chef problems in recent times. We think they are now back on track with a recent ownership change and a return to their old menu style. We love their pizzas (the best gluten free bases), the fries, the kids pasta, the simple salads and more substantial main courses. The gluten free chocolate torte is to die for.