Bondi Hardware’s First Birthday

Last week, K and I were invited to a celebration of Bondi Hardware‘s first birthday party! The bar and restaurant gets its name from the hardware store that had been on the premises for the prior thirty years, and still maintains a certain stripped-back and minimalist decor inside. It’s certainly in line with the laid-back atmosphere of its Bondi Beach surroundings.

We arrived early and started off our night with a few drinks. K had a Batlow Premium Cider (not my cider of choice, I prefer a sweeter cider whereas the Batlow is quite tart), and I tried a Raspberry Mule. To make a Raspberry Mule, you combine fresh (blended) raspberries with a measure of vodka and a squeeze of lime, topped off with ginger beer. I really liked the cocktail, which came as a surprise to me as I don’t often enjoy ginger beer.

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Before long, some canapés started circling. We tried a lamb kofta, a Greek salad, a simple basil and tomato pizza, and the mini burger below. It was very simple food (all the better to feed a burgeoning crowd!), but created and served with a careful touch. The Greek salad was absolutely bursting to the brim with olives and feta cheese (my favourite!), and the amount of pickles included in the mini burger really hit my sweet spot.

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Before long, more guests started to arrive, and our bartenders in hardhats began to really pump out the drinks, as the resident DJ spun some retro tunes on the decks.

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The celebrations were still going strong by the time we left two hours later. Congratulations Bondi Hardware on your first year, and best of luck moving forward!

Bondi Hardware is located at 39 Hall St in Bondi Beach. Visit their website to view their menus or to make a booking.

SMH Good Food Under $30

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Under $30 has just been released this week (formerly the Sydney Morning Herald Cheap Eats). I made sure to pick up a copy today with the weekend paper, and have spent some time poring through it coming up with my Good Food goal for 2013/2014.

I am going to visit every two and three star eatery listed in the guide situated on the North Shore train line between North Sydney and Hornsby. 

Combined, that’s a total of 29 restaurants, 6 of which I’ve dined at before but not reviewed on this blog. I’ve started a page here to keep track of this goal, and will review every place on the list in the next year.

Wish me luck!

Sydney Bar Week, 22-25 September

Sydney Bar Week is the largest cocktail, spirit, beer, wine and cider one-day event in Australia, where attendees get to meet with representatives of some of the largest alcohol trading companies in the world and attend various masterclasses and events to enhance their drink-mixing skills.

As part of Bar Week, there are also a series of dinners, tours, and themed parties around Sydney, all with a carefully selected drinks menu that’s been matched closely with the food on offer. To achieve the perfect combination of food and drink is a real art – and one that is perfected by the chefs and sommeliers who participate in Bar Week events.

I will be attending a number of Sydney Bar Week events as a guest blogger, thanks to the generosity of the event organisers. You can see me at the general Sunday afternoon Drinks Fest session, the “Get Shucked” event on the Saturday night at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room, and the “Fashionable Drinks” event on the Monday night at the Gazebo Wine Garden.

Let me know if you’re attending, and I might see you there!