Yours truly turned 37 yesterday. It was a great day overall. I spent the best part of it doing what comes naturally to me. Eating!!! And what a place to indulge in. The north stretch of the iconic Bondi coast, right here in Sydney. A beautiful Italian restaurant opened there last year, serving everyday Italian food, without the pretence associated with modern eateries. The name of the place says it all…North Bondi Italian Food
Italian Food served in Bondi Beach. The views in this place have to be seen to be believed. With a beautiful outdoor decking facing Australia’s most famous beach the scene was set to EAT. My dear readers, bear with me. Its my first restaurant review and I’m a little nervous. So here goes…
Fratelli Fresh extra virgin olive oil, accompanied with chargrilled sourdough chilli bread…scrumptious!!!
Crumbed lamb Brains served with lemon and aioli. Interesting but to be honest offal isn’t my thing so I avoided this. A 2 year old Parmesan cheese and an Asiago Presato cheese served with fennel biscotti…delish. Warm Mortadella. This was my favourite. It was reminiscent of my childhood school sandwiches but taken up to the next level. An adult level. A sexy adult level!!! We also indulged in a dish of “4 salamis”…they included Calabrese, Soppresso, Salamini and Casalinga. All beautiful cured Italian meats. Served with simpicity. Nothing else. Nada. It was one of the best starters to a meal in a long time.
After a quick break on the beautiful verandah. It was time for these four little piggies to get down to the mains. I had the chargrilled Marlin fish coated in herb crumbs and served with a witlof, green olive, radicchio and orange salad. I’d never tried marlin before. It was similar to tuna and it was served rare. It was a perfect marriage of ingredients and flavours. Bravo!! Mark indulged in the “80’s calssic” (shoulder pads not included) of baked veal scallopine served with duxelle mushrooms, smoked ham and Fontina cheese. Aaaahhhh!!!! the classics never die, they just keep on getting better.
Tony enjoyed the Angus Rib eye served with Rocket, green peppercorns, chilli and spring onions. Salvatore wolfed down the Pappardelle with slowb raised wild boar and Parmesan. Both these Italian boys enjoyed a little taste of their homeland on their plates. Salvatore especially who found nothing on his plate a bore!!! We also shared a borlotti bean salad and a basic Italian salad of butter lettuce, tomatoes and red onion. (sorry no photos!!!)
We ended our fantastic food fantasy with espresso. It truly was an amazing feast. Simple, beautiful food in a beautiful environment. At $75 a head, including tip, we had eaten a fair bit of food. Great service with knowledgeable staff, it was worth it. Happy Birthday to me….Happy birthday to me…
NORTH BONDI ITALIAN FOOD
118-120 RAMSGATE AVENUE
(Right below the North Bondi RSL)
Tel: (02) 9300-4400