Prepare for a tale of two visits - our office jury is hung about Bondi Social. Both my colleague and I attended this balcony venue separately last week. We agreed it’s fabulously outfitted in Queensland hardwood, with an earthy South of the Border feel.
We both lapped up the commanding view (probably best to arrive early to see it in daylight to make the most of it) but only he was impressed by the food: “Ah the joys of being vegetarian. On a quiet Tuesday night, with a light breeze and one other table for company, we enjoyed the very tasty Sweet Corn Fritters with Tomato Chutney ($13) - crispy and flavoursome - along with the Eggplant Stuffed with Zucchini, Goats Cheese, Mint, Onions and Garlic with a Tomato and Basil Sauce ($15). Portion sizes were moderate but the company was great!”
During my own visit, I enjoyed the beef patties but bemoaned absent buns on the Mini Burgers with Red Onion Chutney ($12). To me, a bun is an essential part of a burger; without it you pretty much have a toasted sandwich. The tomatoes looked the part but lacked flavour. The beef patties were great.
I searched for seasoning on the Pomegranate Glazed Sirloin with Walnut Tabouli ($17); there seemed to also be an absence of walnuts in the tabouli.
I craved moisture in the Crispy Pork Belly in Thai Caramel ($16) with (pickled) baby squid. This was actually the worst dish I had on the evening - it was deep fried and so dry it was virtually inedible. When we ate the fat, it turned to dust in our mouths.
I soothed my parched palate with an El Mariachi ($16) with fresh cinnamon bark which was an enjoyable drop. To the rear you can see a Cucumber and Ginger Martini ($16) which was interesting for the use of cucumber, but not particularly compelling.
The last dish to arrive a while after the other three was the Seared Scallops with Cauliflower Puree, Apple Reduction and Crisp Pancetta ($17). The scallops were poorly cooked and showed signs of having been frozen. The puree seemed to have been created from lightly crushing charred cauliflower florets, without any moisture. The pancetta was indeed crispy. My calories were kept up with another cocktail called The Mad Cow ($16), a creamy concoction featuring vanilla liqueur which I enjoyed.
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