Bondi, one if the most famous places in Australia, especially Bondi Beach is an iconic place to visit.
I named this cafe Bondi because it represents an Australian way of living, good coffee, good wine and of course good food.
Please enjoy your experience at Bondi, our aim is to provide you quality food and beverages with friendly service. We don’t charge 10% service charge as I believe good service is standard. Please feel free to tip our service staff however it is absolutely not required.
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Over-priced. Not so nice food and environment Mar 12, 2012
Overpriced - the price shown in open rice is obviously mislead. We paid around 300 for each person.
Set dinner menu only - no other choice of food except the overpriced menu with two options only, ranging from 288-320.
Environment is not so nice given that it is located in a poorly renovated industrial building. Lift and corridor are so much like in an industrial building!!! Indeed it is!! Interior is ok but just with minimal decoration. I don't see any heart of the owner in making the place nicer. Cutlery is cheap, chair is cheap.. The environment is really just so so given the overpriced menu
Tables are too closed to each other - I can overhear anyone saying next to my table. And indeed someone (guess it is the owner) was speaking loudly that we cannt really enjoy the whole nite!
Food is not fantastic - can see that the chef is not making the food with heart. Dressing and sauce are just minimal. The tendorlion is ok but without sufficient sauce. Too dry.. The hot chocolate is served with ordinary water glass, therefore not with an ear. We hardly carry the glass before it is cooler..
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Feb 10, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD300(Dinner)
Value for Money1
Cusine Soigné in Lai Chi Kok Mar 10, 2012
The French expression "cuisine soigné" means (roughly) "cooking with care." And that is really true of this new cafe in an old industrial building in Lai Chi Kok. The owner and staff take real care to produce a dining experience that is a cut above many more expensive places on HK Island and Kowloon.
We read about the place in a local newspaper article, and booked a table on a Friday evening. The building -- located only half a block from Exit A of MTR Lai Chi Kok station -- is very industrial looking, and rather grotty on the outside, but it has a number of restaurants in it, judging by the photos in the lobby; this one is on the 2nd floor. The place was very full at 8 pm, but we only waited a couple of minutes for our table to be cleared. As soon as you step in the door, the ambience is bright and warm -- brick walls and sunny photos of Bondi Beach in Sydney enliven it. (Ken, the owner/manager, was brought up in Bondi.)
On this evening, the staff was clearly stretched to serve all the lively tables, but they managed without huge delays. (I would try to plan my next visit for a weeknight, for a bit more personal attention.) There were four people on duty, and two spoke native-quality English (which was a bit of a surprise, as we were far from the Anglo ghettos of Soho and Happy Valley.....)
The menu is short, including appetizer, soup, small portion of pasta of the day and then a choice of four main courses (fish, steak, pork or lamb). They prefer to concentrate on a limited number of choices and do them well -- and I would say they succeed fully!
-- a plate of small appetizers (rare beef, wonderful tasty mushrooms and a smoked scallop) on lettuce leaves -- very tasty!
-- a bowl of sweet corn soup (flavorful, but a tad too sweet for my taste -- tasted a bit like a HK dessert soup)
-- a small portion of fresh egg pasta with a large sweet clam. Wow, that pasta was wonderful -- it was clearly excellent-quality fresh pasta (not the dried stuff) and the waiter reported it was cooked with cream and butter, but the sauce was very lightly applied, with no evidence of cream actually on it. So no heavy "cream-sauce" appearance; just a really great taste! I could have eaten three more portions.
-- A tenderloin steak, perfectly pan-fried "medium" as requested, so still pink on the inside, with more of the yummy mushrooms on the side.
-- A large pork chop with a light gravy. (My companion was sufficiently impressed to eat every bit and never offered to share, so I can't provide more details.)
They don't seem to have desserts on the menu, but coffee is included and oooooohhhhh do they have GOOD coffee! It was the evening, so I had to order decaf, and even that was thick and sweet and full of flavor, without a hint of the bitterness one sometimes finds in decaf. The latte was a dessert in itself!
The all-in cost for this was $368 per person, which made it a real good value! (They advertise "no service charge.")
They have no license to sell wines, so you can bring your own for a very modest corkage charge (which they sometimes waive).
So all in all we had a fine meal, in very interesting surroundings (le vrai Hongkong!) and the price was quite moderate. Well worth the trip.
Recommended Dish(es): Pasta,Fish,tenderloin steak,coffee
Table Wait Time: 3 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Mar 09, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD370(Dinner)
Value for Money5
What a wonderful dinner! Ken, thank you! Jan 22, 2012
I totally agree with nicihk. This cafe owner, Ken, really has the heart on every food and drink!
Rosé: The cafe still couldnt sell wine, therefore, this was free. Ken said this tasted good with the salad and the prawn pesto spaghetti. And this wine wasnt too sweet/girly. (I dont like sweet wine) It was good and rich!
Supplementary Information:Tonight we were eating their lunch menu cos they are still thinking about the dinner menu. They will change the menu after the CNY holiday. The portion will be smaller than now but will keep the freshness.
Recommended Dish(es): lamb chop,pesto spaghetti,coffee
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Jan 21, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD150(Dinner)
Value for Money5