Wednesday, 5 September 2007

bondi trattoria

34 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach NSW 2026

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34 Campbell Parade Bondi Beach NSW 2026

We decided to try 'Bondi Trat' as it is affectionately referred to by most locals last night. Bustling at 8.30 and without a booking, staff were friendly enough to seat us at the bar for a glass of wine before being seated in the booth by the window...not coming down to the south side of the beach much - the view really is beautiful from this angle.

On the menu:

shared entree:

scallop carpaccio, kingfish tartare & soft herb salad

mains:

tagliatelle, spanner crab, zucchini flowers, cherry tomatoes & chilli angel hair pasta, raw tuna, rocket, parmesan & chilli oil

beverages:

two glasses of pencarrow pinot noir- martinborough new zealand- 2005
San Pellegrino sparkling

I have to say, the dinner was pretty faultless for a casual, moderately priced, mid week meal.

The carpaccio and tartare were beautifully balanced, the sea scallops sweet and dressed simply with a little salt, pepper and really good olive oil and a little lemon.

The tartare, consisting of finely chopped kingfish, chives, cucumber, spanish onion, and olive oil had a great flavour and went perfectly with the woodfired, olive oil-drizzled bread.

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The angel hair pasta is apparently a great favourite and was the absolute standout dish on the menu for me to choose. The servings are extremely generous but luckily there are entree and main sized portions to choose from. This dish, due to its simplicity relies on great produce and clean flavours which was the case, I am happy to report.

The tagliatelle was much richer in flavoour, given the oven roasted cherry tomatoes and the crab, although there were a few unwanted pieces of shell in my date's meal.

All in all, I'd definitely go again. Points for service, presentation and atmosphere, just don't go here if you're up for a quiet intimate date.

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