If you’re a believer in the old adage: “Never shop when you’re hungry”, here’s a great way to combine a spot of grocery shopping at Westfield Bondi Junction with a good value meal. The art deco facade of the hotel extends into the shopping centre itself.
Inside the diner level, the faux deco renovation gives vanishing point views down an unbelievably long bar, twisted burnished gold walls and comfy white booths – super feminine!
Multiple styles of seating to choose from - table, lounge, booth or bar stool.
Ease the pain in your weary tootsies with an Apple Strudel Martini ($15) set off by a spiced brown sugar rim; or a gloriously pink, light-hearted glass of Pizzini Rosetta Sangiovese ($9.50/glass). As you can see by my photo, I chose to sit in a booth, and also drank one of their signature Scarlett Pash ($15) cocktails. I preferred the martini.
The recently refreshed menu sees a well executed Ham and Pineapple Pizza ($17) arrive on wooden paddle, resplendent with good double smoked ham and plated well for sharing.
My Stick’s Pinot Noir ($9.50/glass) is the perfect foil to the 300 gram Grain Fed Sirloin ($20) with Café de Paris butter, fries and a Greek salad.
The dish of the night is the well-cooked Pork Belly ($20) garnished with lemon and a Thai-style salad of apple, mint, coriander and roasted peanuts.
To top it all off, you can park for free in the Westfield (after 5pm) until 1am. But if you come home that late with booze on your breath, I doubt your partner will believe you were just doing the grocery shopping.
The Eastern Diner
The Eastern, 500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction
Ph: (02) 9387 7828