It seems Matt Moran can do no wrong. First he brought us the highly acclaimed two-hatted ARIA, followed by Chiswick, Opera Bar and the beautiful North Bondi Fish, and it has just been revealed he'll be taking over a three-level residence at Barangaroo. Combine this with MasterChef stints and his award-winning series Paddock to Plate, and you have a portfolio that's starting to read like a (oh so tasty) novel.
So, when the opportunity arises to dine at one of his fine establishments, you take the bait.
And we did.
A testament to its seaside location, at North Bondi Fish it's all about the seafood. From the outset it's clear that your local fish 'n' chip shop will be given a good run for its money. Nestled just a stone's throw away from the golden sands of Bondi, the old NBIF space has received a colourful facelift that draws full attention to its glistening beachside views. A vast veranda stretches out toward the sea and we secure a spot in the sunshine. We'd happily sit here all day if we could.
Quickly glancing over the menu, we know we're going to be spoilt for choice. This is a pescatarian's haven – a mix of small bites, raw dishes and charcoal-grilled fish straight from the kitchen's Inka Grill. We start with the scallops, which are little pops of sweetness with hints of chilli and zest of rice wine dressing. Our tastebuds are on end, eagerly awaiting more.
For those who enjoy their seafood practically still swimming, the mackerel ceviche with cucumber and lime is delicious, as is the king salmon with fresh wasabi ponzu and pickled mushrooms.
Now, mains are a difficult choice. But after some careful consideration (and a couple of rather large sips of wine) we decide on the swordfish steak with green bean salsa verde and the Petuna ocean trout with smoked eggplant, coriander and lime. Both are incredible, but our neighbours seem to have gone the beer battered flathead and crab linguine which look equally as impressive.
As for drinks, the wine list a mix of crisp aromatic whites and lighter reds, with Prosecco and Moscato thrown in for good measure. There are also a couple of sun-friendly cocktails, such as the Beach Side Fizz (Belvedere, citrus, mint, lemon, almond syrup and soda) and the Quinoa Watermelon Martini (for those on a health kick).
You can't leave without sampling dessert. The specialty 'adult' popsicles are sure to give you a buzz, with flavours like espresso martini, blood orange and Campari, and Malibu and pineapple. Heading back to work? The donuts with caramelised apple and cinnamon ice cream will help get you through that afternoon slump.
North Bondi Fish is definitely going to be a hit this summer. You'll probably catch us there soaking up the sun and sipping on some ice cold drinks.
For more information about North Bondi Fish, head here.
Image credit: North Bondi Fish