Sharing food with a bunch of people you know has to be one of life’s ultimate pleasures. Tasty offerings, drinks and laughter. So here we are, back in the eastern ‘burbs for another lunch; this time for some leisurely birthday nibbling at what seems to be a current Bondi hot-spot, Bondi Hardware.
In its previous life it was a Thrifty-Link hardware, but something tells me there’s no need for such businesses on this part of Hall Street at this point in Bondi’s existence. I mean, could you imagine those effortlessly über cool Bondi Hipster boys rocking up to a hardware asking for liquid nails? I think not. Unless, of course, it’s this particular hardware where you can sip an East Side Especiale and tuck into baked Moroccan eggs with eggplant couscous.
Yes these guys do breakfast but it was the lunch fare we were here for. Some very on-trend share plates and wooden boards (what, no slate?) and bottle of chilled savvie. I’m feeling, like, so Bondi right now.
Some classic garlic prawns ($18) in olive oil and white wine and a kingfish ceviche ($19) that came mushed-up with avocado. The prawns were ok and despite the ceviche taking a side-step from the traditional, it was really good with the toasted sourdough bread.
The honey, soy & sesame chicken drumettes ($17) were clearly a favourite at our table; nicely sticky, sweet and a little sour from the fresh lime. You can’t go wrong when it comes to grilled or pan-fried haloumi ($16) and here at the Hardware it’s served with a fattoush-style salad; clunky wedges of tomato, some red onion, cucumber and herbs.
My personal favourite was the prosciutto wrapped bocconcini ($17); soft-centred and pan-fried to semi-crispness with a beautiful tomato and basil passatta. The salt & pepper squid ($18) could have done with a little more salt; well my piece could anyway. Nice external crunch with a good splodge of creamy mayo.
For what’s effectively a multi-cuisine tapas bar, I can see why so many locals are wanting to hang out here. Decent food and drinks, great fitout and a fantastic soundtrack blaring from the speakers.