Alex Harmon also revisited the Blue Orange, one of my first reviews in this job back in May 2007. You can find my earlier thoughts back HERE and her thoughts below...
Back when small bars were just small and shared tables were just compact, there was Blue Orange. Classic and understated but colourful - the cocktail menu reflects this too. I went for an Apple Mojito ($13.50), fresh tasting and cloudy (like a water colour painting); and the specialty of the house, a Berri Lychee Martini ($13.50) that would make most girls melt (like a Dalí painting).
The Harissa Grilled Prawn Salad ($15.50) has everything I want in a salad - spice, crunch, cous cous and coconut-covered prawns - which are to die for. Likewise, their Grilled Haloumi ($13.50) is very pleasing, not over-salted or oiled.
The Crispy Skinned Salmon ($26.50) lives up to its promise, passing the tap-tap test on the skin. With a pea puree and a light lemon salad cream it’s not overpowered or too decadent. I’ve been eating a lot of steak recently and their 250g Sirloin ($35) fits the bill, together with porcini butter it melts in your mouth - with the red wine jus as the ‘icing’ on the steak.
I can never decide between dessert and cheese, so the Ricotta Panna Cotta ($9.50) with espresso caramel sauce is the perfect synergy, ticking all of my boxes. Unlike most small bars - prices and service here are exceptional.
49 Hall Street, Bondi
Ph: (02) 9300 9885