Review: North Bondi Fish
North Bondi Fish is exactly what I imagine my dream beach house to be - equally as beautiful as it is totally out of my financial reach. It has a huge balcony where you can watch the ocean, it is full of nice furniture, bustling with happy and relaxed people and best of all it has an endless supply of fresh cocktails and quality seafood.
I have visited a few times and my experiences at the beginning were mixed. After a bumpy start, I feel it has found it's stride and it is now my to go place for a long, lazy, seaside lunch. If that sounds of interest to you (and why wouldn't it?!) I urge you to book ahead so you can get a good seat outside so you don't get stuck with the cheap seats out the back.
Now, to the important bit...
The consistent theme of the food is that it is expensive for how much you get. The fresh king fish, prawns and trout are served on their lonesome - not even a token sprinkle of parsley - and the portions are small, but the quality is undeniable. The salads, once passed around the table don't give too much per person either. If dining with 2, the whole baked snapper is a great choice or for something more filling the spanner crab pasta is a goer. My favourite things by far are the crispy fish tacos with red cabbage slaw and jalapenos as well as those heavenly, uber-crunchy beer battered chips. So my hot tip is to not arrive too ravenous to avoid getting bitten by a big bill.
Or option 2: fill up on the drinks. This is easily done with their long list of roses on offer and their cocktails, including pitchers of sangria, aperol spritz and my kryptonite (expresso martinis).
The bitter: the overpriced food.
The sweet: the setting, atmosphere and those dreamy tacos.
The damage: a few cocktails and a light lunch will set you back about $100.