When you left me all alone at the record hop
Told me you were goin’ out for a soda pop
You were gone for quite a while, half an hour or more
You came back and man oh man this is what I saw
Lipstick on your collar…
After devouring a burger to the sounds of this catchy little ditty at North Bondi’s newest burger joint, Paradise Road Diner, I’m afraid I’m going to be fixated on lipstick soaked collars and the taste of tangy relish for the next few weeks.
Paradise Road Diner is a new twist on the Amercian style diner without all the kitschy ephemera and vinyl booths. Its flamingo-flanked doors were finally opened last weekend in the base of a new apartment block near the North Bondi bus interchange on Campbell Parade (did I say no kitsch?… just a small sprinkling then).
This latest addition to Bondi’s growing selection of gourmet burger offerings is a partnership between former Icebergs Dining Room manager David Owen, and Gaudi Diaz, who owned Byron Bay restaurant Italian at the Pacific.
Gaudi told me that he’d been interested in coming back to his home town of Sydney for a while and when this new spot came up, it all came together perfectly.
The restaurant is not massive, but they have made the most of every inch, creating a very cosy, welcoming atmosphere with the benefit of a sun-drenched deck for those wishing to take in the sights of the busy bus interchange and art deco architecture that give this little corner of Bondi its unique character.
The back of the narrow space is divided between the open kitchen, which has a bar on the other side that diners can perch themselves on while they watch their burgers coming to life, and a row of high benches with stools.
The front of the restaurant is perfect for groups with larger tables opening out on to the casual deck. I pitched up for an early lunch today and watched the tables fill up as I waited on my burger.
The menu has a list of enticing burgers, including my choice, the Paradise (beef burger, cheese, tomato relish, American mustard and pickles), the Southern Fried Chicken (buttermilk fried chicken, avocado, tomato, iceberg and Frank’s Red Hot sauce) and the East Bank Hoagie (diced pork with a Coca Cola glaze, Asian slaw and Sriracha mayo).
All burgers are available in gluten-free options on a house-made corn bread base and served as a melt.
I was extremely happy with my choice of burger – perfect for a mid-week lunch, it was just the right amount of succulent meat patty and soft, doughy bun that I didn’t walk away feeling eight months pregnant.
In addition to burgers they offer classic sides of onion rings, chilli cheese fries, and mac and cheese.
I opted to give the candied yam and walnut dish a whirl. It came out in a small dish topped with toasted marshmallows – very sweet as you would expect, so probably best shared with 2-3 friends to avoid sugar overload (particularly if you’re also indulging in one of their floats or classic shakes).
Those on a mission for a hunk of meat can indulge in the 8-hour braised brisket, which is available in cuts ranging from 200g to 800g.
A kids’ menu is available and any item can be ordered as take away.
After mentioning to Gaudi how much I’d loved the tangy, house-made tomato relish, he told me that they’ll soon be bottling it, so you’ll be able to slather over your own meaty creations.
Address: 296 Campbell Parade, North Bondi Head to the Paradise Road Diner Facebook page or website for more info.
Tracey @ What’s New Bondi xx