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Review - Bondi Hardware

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Alex Harmon also checked out some hardware, Bondi Hardware...

This is better than Bunnings,” my dining partner remarked as we sipped on his-and-hers cocktails. The Geisha ($18) – with gin, muddled strawberries and cucumber – screams of summer nights, and a Batlow Bros Brew ($16) of cider, spiced rum and cinnamon, is your metrosexual pirate.

Yeah, it used to be a hardware store, but hospo hotshots, Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll, have dusted off the sawdust and created a trendy dining experience. They’ve kept the brick and turned the wood into serving trays. Aptly, it’s full of young, future-renovator types.

The share-style food goes from Mexico to Morocco, beckoning twenty-something globetrotters. You can almost hear the stories through the food, like the gorgeous Chermoula Lamb Rump Chops ($18) with “head chef Justin’s awesome couscous”. I can just hear him saying, “this one time, in Marrakesh…

Their Fried Haloumi ($15) is spot on, with cool chunks of cucumber balancing the saltiness.

Jamaican Curried Goat ($17) didn’t quite hit the mark, although boneless meat and creamy yoghurt were nice touches.

Their Quesadillas ($16) sat on the overcooked side, but the bean, chorizo and cheese filling carried me away to a place far from Bondi; which is exactly what you want from this place – escapism before hammering mortgages pin you down.

Bondi Hardware
39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
Ph: (02) 9365 7176

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