With the recent addition of the cafes and restaurants at the Adina Hub Bondi, there really is no need to leave Bondi for a superior dining experience (yay!). My family visit at least one of these eateries each weekend and love the variety that’s on offer – all within the one building. Many of these spots are very busy, so I’d recommend booking in advance where possible.
Location: 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi (underneath the Adina apartment complex)
Here’s a quick overview of what’s on offer:
‘With an eclectic mix of traditional dishes from South East Asia and China, in a stylishly relaxed environment, China Diner represents a contemporary fresh approach to Asian dining in Bondi.’
We’ve had some lovely, long, child-free birthday lunches and tasty Saturday night dinners at China Diner and would go back every weekend if we could! They are now offering yum-cha on Saturday and Sunday from 12-4.30pm (bookings for 6 or more people). We have taken our two-year old here for dinner on the odd occasion, but as there are so many great dishes to try (and no high chairs), we prefer to save our visits for our nights off.
Mon – Fri: 6pm – late | Sat: 12pm – late | Sun: 12pm – late
‘Our Pizzas are Naturally Risen for 48 Hours, 100% Handmade and Cooked the Neapolitan Way in our Wood-fired Brick Pizza Oven.’
Besides making outrageously tasty pizzas, they do a melt-in-your-mouth slow roasted pork and have a menu full fresh pasta dishes that would make any Nonna proud. For those with children, 5pm is family time at Da Orazio and there are plenty of high chairs available. Book ahead though, particularly if you’re planning to visit from Thursday through Sunday.
Mon – Fri: 5pm – late | Sat/Sun: 12pm – late. Ph: (02) 80906969
‘Bill Grainger opened his first restaurant in Sydney’s Darlinghurst at the age of 24. It soon became famous for the best scrambled eggs and hotcakes in town, served at the now much-copied communal table, where locals and travellers, families and celebrities thrived on the unique atmosphere.’
Bondi is Bill’s newest location and almost a year after opening, people are still queuing for brunch! We’ve had some lovely dinners there – great for a special brunch, business meeting or romantic night out (we booked a table for our recent wedding anniversary).
Bookings taken Mon to Fri for tables of eight or more (book via their website).
Mon to Sat 7.30am – 3pm | Sun 8.00am – 3pm.
‘The inspiration for A Tavola (meaning “to the table”) derives from head chef and owner Eugenio Maiale’s childhood. As a child Maiale would play in the backyard of his Adelaide home waiting to hear the chime of “A Tavola” when dinner was ready.’
A Tavola is known for its freshly made pasta (you can watch the chefs preparing it on the premises through the window every day) and its long, communal tables. They are also passionate about fresh, local and sustainable seafood. The dishes are quite pricey, but the food is amazing – we keep A Tavloa for very special occasions (our last visit was when my husband’s parents were visiting from Scotland).
Bookings are recommended. You can phone (02) 9130 1246 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch Wed-Sun: 12pm – 3pm Dinner Mon-Sun: 5:30pm – late
‘They say if you want to be great at something you’ve got to focus on your strengths. Well, here at Ribs & Burgers our name says it all.’
We often go to Ribs and Burgers with our two-year old on a Friday night. She loves the cabbage salad (crunchy red & white cabbage, chopped apple, roasted pine nuts, fresh mint, parsley, and vinaigrette dressing), and (unfortunately) adores the chips! We generally have no issue getting a table if we arrive early. They have great family booths and some outdoor seating.
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 9:30pm | Fri – Sat: 11am – 10pm Ph: (02) 9130 4887
‘Welcome to surreal Mexico’.
Mr Moustache is a quirky tapas and tequila cocktail bar. We adore their tacos and tortillas – washed down with a margarita of course! It’s a very small space and I would recommend it for child-free occasions.
Mon to Fri 5pm – 11pm | Sat 12pm – 11pm | Sun 12pm – 10pm email@example.com or Ph: (02) 9300 8892
‘Salvatore Papa first visited Australia, on holiday, back in 1987. During his stay in Sydney, Salvatore noticed that there was an absence of ‘Italy’ in the breads and pastries served to the Australian folk. In 1988, Salvatore returned to Australia and established his business in Haberfield, preparing the traditional, heartwarming recipes that instantly resonated with locals.’
The Bondi restaurant and pasticceria occupies a huge space in the basement level of the Adina Hub. We often head in for dessert (their baked ricotta cheese cake is something to rave about) and sometimes have a Friday dinner at the pizza and pasta restaurant. It’s a great space to bring kids as there’s plenty of seating, room for prams and lots of sweet treats to look at.
Monday to Friday – 8am to 6pm | Saturday – 7.30am to 5pm | Sunday – 7.30am to 1pm Ph: (02) 9300 8864
“Sensory Lab is a bunch of dedicated coffee professionals who eat, sleep and make coffee. We roast, pack and sell coffee on a daily basis and look forward to sharing our journey with you.”
If you’re a lover of exotic single origin roasts, or like to find out about the journey that your coffee beans have been on and be served by knowledgeable baristas – The Sensory Lab is for you. This cafe is my husband’s number one choice around Bondi as he loves a cup that still carries a strong coffee flavour after milk has been added.
Open 7am-5pm, 7 days a week
“When we make gelato at Messina, we ask ourselves one simple question: “How would they have made it 100 years ago?” The answer is simple – use ingredients in their raw and most natural form and make everything from scratch. ‘Ready made’ ingredients including colourings, flavourings, preservatives and pastes have no place at Messina.”
My husband and I are not fans of queues, in fact we usually avoid them like the plague. There is almost always a queue at Gelato Messina, and for this place we will actually wait in line… in our opinion, the ice cream is worth it! It seems that we’re not the only ones, Gelato Messina has been voted ‘best gelato in Australia’ by the Good Food Guide.
With 40 ‘freshly churned’ flavours on offer every day and five specials (a new one every week day), you may find yourself having to make life changing decisions under extreme pressure as the person behind you breathes down your neck.
Monday to Thursday: 12pm to 11pm | Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 11.30pm | Sunday: 12pm to 10pm
Enjoy! You will be spoilt for choice at the Adina Hub Bondi.
If you’re looking for a place to stay while you consume all of these goodies, the Adina serviced apartments is located within the building. You can read my review of the accommodation at the Adina here.
Tracey @ What’s New Bondi xx
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