June 4th, 2012

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Balcone at The Junction

Alex Harmon checked out this recently refitted pub as part of her Bondi reconnaissance this month...

Whilst the Tea Gardens Hotel is as dingy as ever, upstairs has been given a makeover by Daniel Danil, owner of the celeb hot-spot Sienna Marina in Woolloomooloo. You could say upstairs/downstairs is as different as day and night.


The upstairs menu is taken straight from Sienna - modern Italian/European pub grub. Even on a cold night, the courtyard is welcoming with powerful heating, a mosaic water feature and jugs of Pure Blonde ($10). We snack on Mediterranean Dips ($15) (baba ganoush, hummus and feta/olive) with stacks of thin pizza bread.


Pizzas seem to be flying around the room, so we opt for the King Prawn ($18/small) with its army of prawns and subtle anchovy pieces.


They’re out of octopus, so the chef whips up some Salt & Pepper Calamari ($16), pretty much your pub staple and luckily, they get it right – it's tender and more-ish.


Trivia is blaring inside – in the days of smart phones I don’t know why anyone bothers. Danil has a better idea - Lambada dancing on the deck: “we’ll have a Latin dancer to teach you the moves.” You might want to lay off the Eye Fillet ($31/250g) with mash and red wine jus though, it’s heavy enough to comatose even the keenest of dancers.

Balcone at The Junction
2-4 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
Ph: (02) 9389 7077

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