Klaus’s Brasserie is a spacious bistro is in a genuine community club - the Hakoah Club in Bondi. On the cold Tuesday evening I dined, it was packed early and buzzing with a convivial hum (albeit with the jingle of the odd poker machine, which sadly sit adjacent to the tables).
As new diners arrived they greeted patrons at neighbouring tables. At the bistro counter, Warwick Campbell was also greeting everyone by name as he efficiently dispersed the queue.
What comes out from Klaus’s kitchen exceeded blackboard menu expectations. Our appetites were stimulated by a Garlic Bread ($3.50) resplendent with plentiful, fresh garlic.
I also ordered a serve of Chicken Liver Pâté ($9.90) with toast, coleslaw and an interesting Cumberland sauce, made from redcurrants and citrus peel. It was substantial and good, and I ran out of toast long before I ran out of pâté.
A tasty main of oven-cooked Duck Breast ($25.50) came with a fabulous potato mash, red cabbage and a dark cherry sauce.
At the top end of the price scale, a grilled, grain-fed Eye Fillet Steak 300g ($31) proved well-cooked and enormous. Accompanying it, a huge bowl of French fries, a large salad, and an excellent paprika enriched Pepper Sauce.
The bar has a small selection of nine inexpensive wines - the Hardy’s Collection Riesling ($18) was an easy drinker. It's definitely an option for a good feed at a cheap price, if you can put up with feeling like you're a weirdo (if you're not part of the in crowd) and with the maddening jingle of poker machines.
Hakoah Club Bondi,
61-67 Hall Street, Bondi
Ph: (02) 9365 3573