Bondi Beach is a very popular weekend spot. It’s got the beach and really aesthetically pleasing restaurants. I went on a date on the weekend and after a lot of deliberation on a location (that’s what you get with me), we decided on Bondi Hardware.
Located only about 2 months from Bondi Beach, Bondi Hardware is a vibrant restaurant and bar. The name is very fitting as it was previously a place for local tradesmen.
The atmosphere here is very loud. There were some really big groups during our sitting. They do bottomless brunch here too which is $75/pp but so worth it because ‘unlimited’ rosé right? I used the quotation marks because I’m pretty sure there is a limit. However, the last time I did bottomless brunch, we were too drunk off our face to care and there was no way we would continue drinking rosé. I’m pretty sure we witnessed a woman fall down after too much processo and our whole afternoon was a write-off. I miss the UK and carefree university days. I swear bottomless brunch isn’t a big thing here in Sydney but its definitely growing in recent years.
Adding on to the loud atmosphere, it can make two-way conversation very difficult to hear and I already can’t hear well. Within maybe 10 minutes of seating I had already misheard something my date said and heard him talk about his daughter. It took me aback because I didn’t think he was a father and it turned out he said something completely different (if I remember it was about his mum driving). This happened many times but this was definitely the worst.
We ended up getting:
PIZZA – BEN BUCKLER 23
Poached chicken, bacon, chorizo, roasted capsicum & chilli
COCKTAIL – JUST PEACHY 18
Finlandia Vodka, White peach, Camomile, Citrus, Prosecco
We also ordered shoestring chips which I can’t find on their online menu but it was around $10 and my date got a drink (I think it was just vodka and coke).
The service was very quick which was fantastic. I love when waiters are really alert with which tables need to order. The food is best served to share. We shared a pizza together which was more than substantial. It was really delicious and I really enjoyed the flavours – I am a huge fan of chorizo. The chips were average (and mostly untouched and we did a takeaway).
The cocktail was really delicious and I love prosecco and peach and I just knew I had to get this concoction. I also really liked the presentation of it and thought it was a nice touch. It was still very expensive but I enjoyed it and it’s really standard here in Sydney. (My price range for a cocktail is generally $15-19. Once it reaches $20, I am very off-put from buying).
Overall, I would recommend this place. The food is nice and if I came back, I would definitely be keen to try the tacos. I would also definitely recommend to share plates. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere but be prepared for loudness and hard to hear conversations if there are huge groups nearby. It also looked really busy during the evening service but it’=s close proximity to Bondi Beach makes it a fantastic choice.