July 7th, 2012

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - The Bucket List

Alex Harmon uncovers another bar in Bondi, and this time it looks a little bigger...

With small bars occupying every nook in Bondi, the new tenants at the old Nick’s Seafood site have a different approach.

It's spacious, they encourage parents (with $5 kids meals on Mondays); hell, they even encourage football teams with their $450 porchetta spit roast in the courtyard.

Head chef Tom Walton (ex-Bistro Moncur) has a face for TV – not only was he a recent Ready Steady Cook star, but he convinced me to try my food nemesis, Brussels Sprouts ($9) - and he converted me too. They’re caramelized, charcoaled and served with hummus, so perhaps he cheated?

I needed no persuasion with the ‘Bloody Mary’ Mussels ($19), scooping up lashings of aioli and spicy tomato mix with the fresh shellfish.

While you’re likely to share the mussels and Brussels, the Mulloway Fillet ($26) served with artichoke and baby leek, should be savoured selfishly. With a glass of Clyde Park Pinot Noir ($9) you’ll definitely be on your own planet.

Remain blissfully unaware with their heavenly desserts – the Salted Caramel Chocolate Tartlet ($12) is particularly divine.

While their name and the packing-crate decor suggest they might exit this world at any moment, I was assured by owner Andy Ruwald that they won’t be kicking the bucket any time soon.

The Bucket List
Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
Ph: (02) 9365 4122

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