Bondi’s low-key local gives good times the double carb salute
We have an unashamed love of carb-on-carb bar snacks here at Time Out. Chips inside your gyros? Bring it on. Potato soup inside a bread bowl? Come at us. Pasta inside a jaffle? We’re in. Which is why when the afternoon chill pushes us off the shoreline at Bondi we’ll be making tracks to Curlewis Street where there’s a neighbourhood bar stuffing their jaffles with mac and cheese.
It’s pretty serious party fuel – two golden brown slices packed with creamy pasta laced with truffle oil and given a savoury kick from mustard and more cheese. Or spin out your tastebuds with the cheeseburger jaffle that uses fries, mustard, cheese and pickles to create the essence of cheeseburger that’s totally meat-free.
Things between bread are a good bet generally. The smoked trout pho tries to combine two incompatible elements into one confusing bowl, but a Royale with cheese is a crowd-pleaser. The carbs have it.
We recommend getting in early or booking ahead, especially if you’re rolling with a crew and have your heart set on one of the big tables out in the open-air courtyard at the back. You can lose a whole lot of time out here with a bottle of rosé and good company.
They’ve been clever with the layout so that even a quiet afternoon tipple won’t leave you feeling like the only person at the party, especially if you’re perched at the bar overseeing the making of a Dark and Stormy made with both blackstrap and aged rum for double the fun, ginger and honey syrup, fresh lime juice and soda. And just when you thought a Margarita was at peak tropical, here they add chargrilled pineapple for a caramelised fruit flavour and habanero salt for a smoky kick.
Bondi possess an excess of backpacker-friendly bars, and high-end cocktail dens at the other end of the financial scale. But casual, friendly haunts that keep the vibe mellow are in shorter supply. Lucky we’ve got Neighbourhood fuelling casual fun with double carbs, like all good neighbours should.