If buttermilk pancakes, breakfast cocktails, and dreamy interiors sound like your kind of brunch jam, you’ll want to make weekend plans to make sure you tick Cafe Bondi off your bucket list.
Having just opened its doors at the end of 2020, Cafe Bondi is located high up on North Bondi’s foodie climb of Campbell Parade—and yes, that means you’ll also have uninterrupted views of Bondi Beach. After a major refurb, one which has transformed the joint to ooze all things pretty and pastel, it now sports the odd olive tree, herb garden, and alfresco curbside seating.
It's Sydney Restaurant Group’s first foray into the Eastern Suburbs, evening out its line-up of Sydney venues to 14 (Ormeggio at The Spit and The Fenwick are some of the group's most famous).
Cafe Bondi is the kind of place you could definitely hit post-morning swim and hang out at until lunchtime. The breakfast menu starts as early as 6.30am (making it an early riser’s dream) and kicks off with fresh pastries, Sonoma banana bread (toasted with butter and honey), acai bowls, classic eggs benedict, turmeric tofu scramble, buttermilk pancakes served with coconut cream, berries, and strawberry gel, and the “OG Bondi Breakfast”, which is packed with all the trimmings of grilled halloumi, poached eggs, and bacon.
The lunch menu, which starts pumping at midday, is filled with all sorts of daytime beachside classics including beer-battered fish and chips with house tartare, crumbed chicken schnitzel with housemade slaw, a house burger made with a Tajima beef pattie, cheddar cheese, and pickles, and even a fried soft-shell crab burger packed with black garlic aioli and avocado on a milk bun.
You’ll find a drinks list that doesn’t fail to impress. As well as wine and beer, sip your way through the dedicated Bloody Mary menu, cocktails including a yuzu spritz and a lychee caprioska, or a handy selection of mammoth cocktail jugs worthy of your next day drinking session.
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