Sometimes I feel a little guilty that I haven’t shown Adam more of Sydney, however it’s not entirely my fault. The fact of the matter is, we live in what’s known as the ‘Bondi Bubble’. Whilst I don’t go to the extreme of some who dramatically declare “I don’t go north of Anzac Parade” and refer to ‘Over The Bridge’ like its another planet, it is admittedly tough to leave.
Consider last weekend.
Friday night – Brown Sugar
While Brown Sugar’s breakfasts are legendary around these parts, I cannot go past this place for date night. By night, Brown Sugar transforms into charming candlelit bistro with a lovely atmosphere, fantastic waitstaff and the food is To. Die. For. It’s embarrassing to admit, but Adam and I have dined here exactly twice, and BOTH times, we exactly ordered
- Seared Scallops which are served on a silky bed of Eggplant Puree, Caper, Raisin and Basil Salsa
- Duck Confit, accompanied by hazelnuts and a medley of vegetables including pumpkin, parsnips and brussels sprouts
- Crispy Pork Belly with carrot puree, mustard cress and black lentils.
The rest of the menu looks just as amazing as those three options, but we find it difficult to go past them! Some dark pics below:
Saturday – Ravesis/Miss Chu’s
Miss V and I have fallen into the habit of meeting for “one wine” at Ravesis and stumbling home three bottles later. Ravesis is a bit of a Bondi institution, nestled in on the corner of Campbell Parade and Hall Street, just opposite the beach. In my humble opinion, it’s the best pub to go to in Bondi, especially on a sunny afternoon. This time we stuck to Vodkas before venturing down Gould Street to Miss Chu’s for a late night snack.
Miss Chu is the brainchild of Nahji Chu, the apparent Queen of the Ricepaper Roll. Miss Chu serves up traditional Vietnamese hawker style food in tuckshops dotted across Sydney and Melbourne, and I am more than a little in love with the fact that there is one that is walking distance from my place.
The restaurant is cheap and cheerful, and we’re attentively waited upon. We tucked into a few plates of steamed dumplings, Peking Duck Pancakes, BBQ Pork Buns, followed by a chocolate crepe, made a note to return for the Steamboat, and both pinched a takeaway menu.
Sunday – Festival of the Winds
A quintessential day out in Bondi. Who knew there was a Kite Flying Society? Colourful kites dotted the spring sky, and taking iPhone photos of them without watching where you’re going will almost certainly mean you walking into someone’s kite string. Aside from the kites, Bondi was alive with Lion Dancers outside the pavilion, jumping castles, Cuban Dancers, food stalls and some amazing spring sunshine.
Sunshine, beach, dumplings, kites – what more could you want in a weekend! Bring on summer I say!
I’d love to hear more about the places you live & love, perhaps you’ll convince me to leave the bubble?
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