If you like to eat at the places that everyone is talking about, and don’t mind joining a queue while you hide the growl of your stomach under a convenient cough or two, here’s the list of the queues that you should be joining:
WHERE: 79 Hall Street, Bondi (within the new Adina ‘Hub’ complex)
Breakfast until midday (bookings are only taken Mon-Fri for tables of 8 or more)
Having visited bills in Surry Hills many times over the years and observed the restaurant’s long lasting popularity, it hasn’t surprised me to see that people are coming from all over Sydney (and forming orderly queues) to get a table at Bill Grainger’s newest eatery bills Bondi. Mid-week mornings are still full up with breakfast business meetings and ladies who brunch.
The menu is packed full of Bill’s signature eclectic, relaxed style. Breakfast starts at 7am and is divided into fruits, grains and cereals / toasts and spreads / classics (such as sweet corn fritters, ricotta hotcakes and the ‘full aussie’ with scrambled eggs, sourdough, roast tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms and sausages) and plates (broken eggs, chicken fat fried rice or ginger cured prawn and spring onion omelette).
WHERE: 140 Glenayr Ave, Bondi
Breakfast served 7am – 12pm – no reservations taken for breakfast or lunch
This deli/diner has been heaving at breakfast and brunch every weekend since it opened in early 2013 – their popular bagels (and other doughy delights) are baked fresh on the premises daily – in fact Lox Stock could probably survive from bagel sales alone.
Influenced by the best loved dishes of our ancestors from pre-war Europe, the food is Jewish in origin, but the inspiration is definitely the best of local, seasonal produce and satisfying, balanced eating.
Lox, Stock and Barrel is owned by the brother and sister team who also run local favourite Brown Sugar, which is number 3 on my list. Unfortunately, Glenayr Avenue is not the prettiest of streets to be spending time in a queue, but you could always try leaving your name and number while you walk down Hall Street to the beach and back up. Be prepared to share a table if you’re a small group/couple. They also do take-away orders through their front window.
WHERE: 106 Curlewis Street, Bondi
Breakfast Fri/Sat/Sun from 8.30am (They take bookings in advance for Friday only. On Saturday and Sunday they operate a wait list – you can phone in advance to put your name down as you’re leaving home).
I have friends who have eaten so many hangover brunches at Brown Sugar that they should have their own deck chairs set up in a corner. Although, being one of those tiny places where you’re likely to clash elbows with your neighbour while dining, two deck chairs would probably take up half of the available floor space. They also have a few outside seats for al fresco dining.
Brown Sugar has been a popular weekend brunch spot for years with delicious delights including their chia, quinoa and coconut bircher and incredibly fluffy sourdough buttermilk pancakes.
Where: 2 Mitchell Street, North Bondi
Open from 6am Mon-Sat, 7am Sun. Bookings are taken over the phone for Saturday and Sunday.
Shuk is a Hebrew term meaning ‘market place’; it certainly delivers the buzz of a bustling market, having become the most popular meeting place in the neighbourhood. The menu is influenced by a mixture of Arabic, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.
Bakery treats are cooked on the premises and are hard to choose between, although I usually opt for the baked ricotta pastry or share a sweet Israeli roll with my daughter. The most popular breakfast plates are the Israeli breakfast and shakshuka. If I’m brunching, I usually share the lamb and hummus plate with my hubby, or split one of their huge egg rolls.
I love that Shuk has a fenced area out the back where you can take your child to play while you relax with a coffee. There’s also plenty of sunny seating outside.
Other popular brunch spots that may have slightly shorter queues include:
Skinny Dip – 97 Hall Street, Bondi (love their pancakes, always have a spare high chair)
Bondi Picnic – 101 Hall Street, Bondi (great breakfast sandwiches and muffins)
Le Paris Go – 38 Hall Street, Bondi (great for people watching and whiling away the hours while you chat or flirt)
These are some of Bondi’s buzziest brunch spots; the places that never fail to attract a weekend queue, but always deliver on taste so may be worth the wait.
Tracey @ What’s New Bondi xx
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