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Bondi Hardware might be unassuming from the outside but on the inside you will find a feast, fun and fruity cocktails. This place is loved by locals and lots of women who are single and ready to mingle, trying to land a lad and some hardware. So, if you want to snag a seat on a Friday night or weekend, book ahead.

The best way to kick off the afternoon or evening is with a Vale Ale, which they have on tap. This is easily my favourite beer  of all time which hails from the vineyards of South Australia’s McLarenvale district and it has a pinch of passionfruit. Whist sipping on those I suggest you work your way through the menu. The calamari is perfect picking food as are the beer battered chips with roasted garlic aioli.

Once you’re ready to really let your hair down there is an extensive cocktail menu that will leave you sufficiently pleased and pissed. My suggestion would be the Expresso Martini. Just when I thought the cocktail couldn’t get any better, then I tasted Bondi Hardware’s vanilla twist. The bold and bitter cocktail will give you plenty of energy to see you through your main course. The wood fire prosciutto pizza is simple but more than satisfying, infact it is my favourite. Make sure you take a mate or date so you can also order the sliders. Sliders are a revolutionary concept I have embraced with open arms and mouth. You can have two burgers in one sitting without wait staff judging you. Thank you Mr. Slider, I love you.

The interior is as pleasing and comfortable at as the food. The harsh exposed brick covered in tools is softened with pot plants hanging from the walls and roof, worn down candles and polished wood. The front half of the restaurant is open, airy and lit by the large bay windows and sky light. The back-end of the bar is dark, cosy and the perfect place to snort sweet nothings….

The Bitter: Like any Bondi bar you will come across some tools, fitting given the name

The Sweet: Sweet, small, succulent sliders….. and super nice, smiling service

The Damage: For drinks and tapas to share you’re looking at about $60-$70 per pig.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.

Bondi Hardware – 39 Hall St – Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

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1. Bondi Massive:

On top of the hill at the south end of Bondi, Bondi Massive is the perfect place to stop and people watch or make a pit stop before heading to the beach, here you have a menu and a take away cabinet fit for a pig!   Personally I go straight for a window seat and order the baked eggs, you can’t go wrong. This brilliant breakfast consists of prosciutto, 2 eggs, machergo cheese and sage placed in a fry pan and thrown under the grill, served with corn salsa and toasted sourdough on the side. Prochitto, perfection….. pig happy.

The bitter: It is small, so when the sun is shining you might have to be a patient pig

The sweet: The service, they will love you as long as you don’t knock Collingwood

The damage: The bill won’t be Massive, you can get a juice, coffee and meal for under $30

Bondi Massive – 2 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach – NSW 2026 – (02) 9365 5738

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2. Trio:

Wander down the hill a little further and you will stumble across a big set of windows, some beautiful boars basking in the sun and hoards of people waiting to get in. Once you weasel your way in I have no doubt you will be happy with the mediterranean menu – poached pair porridge for those who like it lite, or for my fellow hungry pigs you can’t go past the Boss Eggs. Being a Truffle Pig, I oinked with joy when I tasted the creamy scrambled eggs mixed with truffle oil  teamed with some olive sourdough and smoked salmon. Hello heaven on a plate!

The bitter: If you get seated outside be sure to slip slop slap or you will turn into crackling, no umbrellas here

The sweet: The menu offers all your familiar favourites as well as some exotic eats

The damage: Slightly more expensive, but you will be so full you will skip lunch so its worth the $35 you pay for all the trimmings

Trio – www.triocafe.com.au – 56 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

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3. Deli Bottega:

Tucked away in the back streets, this place is the perfect place to watch the world(or Bondi) go by while sipping on a coffee and scratching your head over what to order from the menu that is for a feast for the eyes as well as your belly. Let me make it easy for you and suggest the pesto eggs, you won’t regret it. Perfectly poached eggs, crisp and crunchy prosciutto and silky smooth homemade pesto stacked upon some perfectly tanned sourdough toast.

The bitter: In the warmers months the service can be slow when pigs are packed in

The sweet: I have dreamt about bathing in that pesto it is that delicious

The damage: Standard breakfast bill, meal and coffee for about $20

Deli Bottega – 144-148 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

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4. Brown Sugar

Don’t underestimate this teeny tiny restaurant, it knows how to produce big and beautiful breakfasts and bunches. For those mornings when can’t quite decide what you feel like, Brown Sugar has the answer – the 5 Side Plate. Tomatoes, rocket, avo, prosciutto and feta – what more could you want? Well… I was really hung over and hungry so I ordered eggs and hash browns too. Don’t judge me! If you tasted it, you would understand. The iced coffee was the exact headache cure I needed to see me through the day, all-in-all the perfect meal.

The bitter: This place is as small as a brown sugar bowl so there is limited space

The sweet: Bunch, I love a place that celebrates the time between breakfast and lunch with another meal

The damage: Standard $25 to fill you up and quench your thirst, unless you’re as hungry as me of course, then you might need a mortgage.

Brown Sugar – www.brownsugarbondi.com.au – 106 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

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5. Harry’s Expresso

When I think of the name Harry I think of kid or a K9 who is friendly, relaxed and dishevelled, same goes for this happy hang out. The juices are liquid perfection and the toast is even better. The portions are perfect and the ingredients are undeniably fresh. My favourite would have to be the sourdough toast with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers. You will be served these  scumptious slices by the friendly staff who seem to the know their regulars and their dogs by name.

The bitter: Sharing your bench with strangers, I am happy to hear their stories but I don’t want to share mine

The sweet: Cheap, cosy and casual – prepare to eat out of our lap

The damage: barely any, you can get a coffee and a meal for under $20.

Harry’s Expresso – 136 Wairoa Ave,  Bondi Beach 2026 NSW –  (02) 9310 2180

I am always on the hunt for good food so if I have missed any great beach side breakfasts, send your suggestions my way.

Oink oink,

Truffle Pig.