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A Day Of Eating in Bondi

Apr 15, 2016  ·  4 min read

By Niall Roeder.

Grub. Tucker. Chow. In today’s you-are-what-you-eat age, the foodie culture is stronger than ever. And Bondi hasn’t escaped that… in fact it’s leading the culinary charge. Every corner, nook and cranny around our trendy, coastal burb has some sort of eatery spruiking courageous flavours, from freshly shucked oysters to black stone eggs, fermented teas and açaí.

In this month’s Qtips, we’re sending you on a flavour hunt. An epic day of taste-questing. Complete this gastronomic mission and you’ll be happier than Pharrell… you’ll also be 4kgs heavier.

Brekkie @ Brown Sugar

Rise and shine. You’re going to wake up in either two states; dusty or fresh. Either way, you should be starting the day in the same fashion – with a dip. Refreshed from the ocean blue, drip dry as you waltz up Curlewis Street and straight into Brown Sugar, a local favourite. If you’re feeling healthy/guilty grab the Chia, Quinoa & Coconut Bircher… but if you’re feeling adventurous and digging more of a brunch vibe go for the Breakfast Platter. It’s got eggs and avo and is loaded with daring morsels, like herbed goat’s curd, labne and za’atar toast. Needless to say, this joint does an awesome brew too.

A great man once said “Fortune flavours the bold”. And no one likes a menu coward, so try new things.

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Lunch @ Drake Eatery

We must digest, so take a break, a lie-down, a sun bake, a stroll. I repeat, we must digest. Once the ol’ metabolism has grinded through the morning’s feeding, it’s time to think about the second meal of the day.

Today, you be lunchin’ at Drake Eatery on the corner of Curlewis and Gould Street. This is a restaurant from Sydney big wig chef, Ian Oakes, and it boasts a menu chockas full of seasonal, fresh, locally sourced produce. Take a seat, quench your thirst with the first bevvie of the day and order a few entrees to share. The Thirlmere Duck + Chicken Terrine, and the Cured Ocean Trout, Pickled Cucumber Crème Fraîche should start you off nicely.

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Dinner @ Bondi Icebergs

More digestion. More sun. More lying down. They’re all necessary… because you need space and a hearty lust for dinner. And whilst getting ready, mentally prepare yourself for a feed with a breath-taking view… it may be the best view in Bondi. You’re headed to Bondi Icebergs.

To follow on from the share plate options, we reckon you grab the Seafood Platter For Two. It’s a salty smorgasbord full of king prawns, oysters, salt and pepper squid, scallops, mussels and more and will leave you satisfied and well aphrodisiac’d.

Dessert @ Gelato Messina

Now to finish it all off. Something sweet, cutting edge and cool maaaan. You’re going to Messina. This place is popular, so be willing to wait in a nightclub-esque line for a few ansty minutes. Once you see the menu sporting a surplus of combinations like milk chocolate and coconut gelato smashed with house-made lamingtons, you’ll be glad that you’ve some time to decide. Once decided, to cap off it all off, take your gelato for a beachfront stroll. It’ll appreciate that. So will you.

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