Bondi Trattoria has occupied the southern end of Campbell Parade Bondi Beach for many years. With a recent change in ownership and revamp of the dining space and menu, Bondi Tratt is a must visit. The new owners, both with impressive resumes. Joe Pavlovich running the kitchen, with experience listing the likes of est and most recently the executive chef for the Mangan Group. Alasdair France formerly head of operation for the Hilton and the Mangan Group, taking care of the front of house. This wealth of experience on display through the quality food and impeccable service.
This dynamic Kiwi duo branching out to do their own thing. Like many Kiwi’s before them, Bondi being the location where they start their own venture. The restaurant with a classy upgrade, a stunning outlook over the Iconic Bondi Beach, alfresco dining, an open dining room and semi open kitchen.
Bondi Tratt is a dining space that will appeal to the locals. Now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with decent portions and reasonable prices. As the name suggests, primarily serving Italian fare. However with a wealth of experience and travel under their belt, the menu also has a Euro Mediterranean influence, with a modern approach. Pavlovich focusing on quality, by using local seasonal ingredients, with each dish oozing flavour.
Our visit at night, dining in a group with great company including; Brooke and Kim of Tabberer Terakes, Simon Leong, where_do_I_eat_pete and Walter of eatsydney. This allowing us to sample much of the menu. Easing into the evening with some social lubricant. The drinks list was full of quality, with Australian Italian style wine, boutique beer and amazing cocktails using Australian botanicals. Their version of the Negroni was very enjoyable. They also allow for BYO at $10 per bottle.
The Antipasti(starters) were impressive, having me salivate whist writing this post. A must, the crispy salmon winglets. Get hands on! Grab a piece, smear it in garlic sauce and have the salmon melt in your mouth. Other options include a nicely seasoned beef tartare, the diamond clams with black pepper vinaigrette a great seaside option. The roasted bugs with garlic and chilli butter and buffalo mozzarella is earmarked to be the new signature dish. Bondi Tratt’s take on tarama dipwas another davourite, a full flavoured dish with bottarga, lemon oil fennel pollen and served with flat bread.
The salads and vegetables are nothing to turn your nose at, great for sharing. The pickled pumpkin salad was nicely balanced with flavour and texture. The creamy raw broccoli salad with salted ricotta, tarragon aioli, with walnuts, apple and onion for added texture, a flavoursome way to eat broccoli. Another option for sharing being the pizza, with the restaurant ensuring the toppings are plentiful.It wouldn’t be a trattoria without pasta, they even have gluten free options. Staying true to the original menu, Joe has kept the original signature dish of angel hair pasta with fresh tuna. I do a bit of diving and spearfishing and can attest to the local seasonal produce, with the use of blue swimmer crab and cuttlefish spaghetti dish. A tasty pasta with the seafood nicely prepared. The casarecce pasta with slow cooked beef cheeks was rich with flavour, a good choice for a cold winters night.
There is a variety of mains; fish of the day, roasted lamb rump and charred black angus sirloin. Bondi Tratt also has specials board to ensure there is always something exciting and new. Keep an eye out for the classic flavour combination of seared scallops and pork belly, perfectly prepared with crisp crackling.
We had to channel our reserve stomach for dessert. The tiramisu was full of suprises, each spoonful with a hidden gems of flavour and texture, with toasted hazelnuts, puffed rice or dehydrated berries. The olive oil and lemon cake with candied cumquat a nice option, if you are looking for a dessert that is not too sweet. The croation style brulee was delishous, silky smooth.
Bondi Beach usually a summer destination, however I enjoy the beach year round and winter is the perfect time to enjoy Bondi without the crowd. The Bondi Beach winter festival is also running with a ferriswheel lit up at night and an ice skating rink. Why not make it an excuse to visit Bondi Beach and to enjoy a great meal at the rejuvinated Bondi Trattoria.