Hotel Bondi is a newly renovated hotel and bistro on the North Bondi strip of the Bondi Beach front. Newly completed renovations have tastefully brought this hotel back into the present age whilst still keeping hold of their old world charm with pictures adorning the walls reminding locals of the Bondi of yesteryear.
The relaxed, light and airy atmosphere is intentional and reminds patrons they are actually not very far from the iconic Bondi Beach. During our visit, we could see that the renovations seem to attract and appeal to young and old visitors. They must be doing something right, opening the doors for everyone to enter!
Like us, you may mistakenly assume that their new bistro serves pub like food but the new management have definitely upped their game. These guys are really trying to make an improvement and presence in the Bondi scene with a new fresh menu.
Service is fast, simple and efficient by placing your orders for food and drinks at the bar. Beverages were brought to our table while an operating pager service determined when our food was ready to collect from the kitchen.
Being a hot day we started with drinks – a Mojito for me from the comprehensive cocktail list (because I could’t decide) and a mocktail for her (catering to individual tastes). Cool and refreshing as expected.
While we waited for our mains, we ordered Arancini balls with tomato & mozzarella and Salt & Pepper Calamari with chilli aioli. They were 2 great choices which were both flavoursome. I loved the calamari and she loved the Arancini, leaving an undecided winner, but we got to try the best of both worlds!
400g dry aged Kilcoy Rib Eye on the bone with bone marrow and thick cut chips. Any guy would love a piece of meat but when it’s rib eye and cooked perfectly tender, you’ve also won his heart and trust! I don’t recall many places also offering marrow which is a bonus and the thick cut chips are just moreish.
Beer battered barramundi and thick cut chips with house made tartare! There’s something about having to order fish and chips when you are at or near the beach. Who can resist them particularly when they are fresh and hot like these!
All in all, we both had a pleasant dining experience at Hotel Bondi. It was great to see how a little magic can renew the old charm of Hotel Bondi. It’s a great place for casual drinks and/or food, catering for all diners from different age groups. It is also the perfect place to drop by after a swim or a stroll on the beach.
178 Campbell Parade,
Bondi Beach, NSW 2026
Contributed by Ian and Cindy, who dined as guests on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys