Sydney and seafood have long been a marriage made in heaven.
Add summer to the mix, and you have the kind of sexy ménage à trois that is quite simply, irresistible…
(And probably worth writing a raunchy little blog post about.)
One of my favourite venues to satiate my need for all three of the above is Bondi’s Best in North Bondi.
Brought to you by seafood sexpert/chef Joel Best (who’s done his time in some of Sydney’s most sought after seafood restaurants like Pier and Fish Face), it’s your one-stop-shop for a casual (yet sophisticated) seafood affair.
The little sister of Best’s other Bondi offering (located on Hall St), it’s housed in a tiny shopfront amid the bustling North Bondi shops on the very far end of Campbell Parade.On any given summer night, the place can be found teeming with eager, energetic locals – the majority of whom are bikini or boardshort clad and fresh out of the ocean.If you’ve travelled from further afar, don’t be alarmed – after work swims and minimal clothing are normalities for Bondi folk – and the food is TOTALLY worth any subsequent feelings of lifestyle inadequacy.
But beware, the seating (like the dress code) also operates on a “less is more” policy.
There are only two tables on the street outside. Nab one if you can, or better, try and grab one of the few window bar seats that overlook all the action. It’s the perfect spot for people watching, bikini perving, and for taking in the spectacular (and ever-so-romantic) Bondi sunset – which just so happens to be clearly visible from the end of the street.Once comfortably positioned, it’s business time.
The menu offers a large array of freshly prepared sushi, as well as fresh, sustainably sourced seafood (prepared almost any way that you like it).
*double wink*You’ll find everything from elegantly prepared tuna tataki salads, to good old-fashioned fisherman baskets and you guessed it – potato scallops.
If opting for fish, choose your preferred piece, then choose from a variety of accompanying sides. On our last visit, my friend L and I opted for the crispy skin ocean trout and pan fried barramundi – all greedily devoured with beans, beetroot, and sweet potato chips… (because it would have been rude not to).Whatever you choose, make sure you throw it all back with a glass (or several) of cold, crisp white wine (YES, it’s licensed!) and stay until dark.
I GUARANTEE it will become your go-to haunt for sexy seafood on a school night.
And if you see more than a few tanned, toned and dewy bods glistening in the twilight while you’re there…
Well, you’re welcome.
Bondi’s Best, North Bondi (more casual, less clothes required)
39-53 Campbell Parade, North Bondi
Bondi’s Best, Hall St (less casual, more clothes required)
77-79 Hall St, Bondi Beach
**NB: If you arrive at the North Bondi venue & find there are no free tables, then takeaway is an equally excellent option. Order your food, grab a bottle of vino (from the highly convenient bottle-o next door), and take it to North Bondi’s grassy knoll, directly overlooking the beach. Take off your shoes, take in the ocean air, and you’ll feel like a (more sophisticated) Bondi hipster in no time!