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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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Everyone loves to travel, whether it be to the romantic boulevards of Paris, the rugged Rocky Mountains, or the bustling streets of Vietnam. Usually the fondest memories of any trip are wandering the streets by hoof and tasting the delicious delicacies – enjoying ridiculously good meals that don’t break the bank.

Rejoice! You don’t have to daydream of your favourite far-away food any longer; you can pigtail it up to Libertine for lunch and enjoy their new street food menu. The new dishes will take you back to the bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City without the suspicious smells and a billion cyclists about to knock you over. Your palate will also be treated to a pinch of Paris, but the Libertine staff won’t turn up their snouts should you fail to pronounce “plus de fromage” in native tongue.

In true Libertine style, the plates are perfect for sharing with friends, but there are also some options for those pigs flying solo (or too hungry to share!), like the pork ball baguettes or traditional Vietnamese salad bowls.

Deep fried black pepper tofu – I encourage all the tofu sceptics to give this dish a go. You won’t regret it when you bite through that crunchy peppered batter to discover the silky smooth goodness inside.

Steamed Mushroom Dumplings – Don’t underestimate these cute little bundles of joy. Inside the neat little package you will find seven types of mushrooms glazed in butter, with a side of soy for dipping. Ah-maz-ing!

BBQ Pork Ribs – Get ready to get those trotters dirty. These fall-off-the-bone ribs are marinated in an Asian bbq sauce that makes me salivate at the thought of it, and topped with herbs and fried garlic.

Tempura Soft Shell Crab – Don’t expect those skimpy little bits of crab meat you find elsewhere here; these delicately battered crabs are huge and perfectly accompanied with wasabi mayo.

Crispy squid – Another sensation from the sea, with perfectly crisp batter covering the tender tentacles, teamed with grilled lime, chilli jam and garlic aioli.

Duck Pancakes – Duck pancakes are always a crowd favourite and these are no exception. The coriander and turmeric pancakes hug the honey-lathered duck to create perfect parcels you won’t want to stop eating.

You can head to Libertine to satisfy your street food cravings from 11:30am Wednesday through to Sunday.

The bitter: I work in city, so unfortunately can’t make the most of this lovely lunch during the week
The sweet: The ribs are to succulent, sweet and finger licking good!
The damage: You won’t be paying more than $20 for any of these delicious dishes!

Oink Oink,

Truffle Pig

Libertine – No. 5, The Barracks. 61 Petrie Tce. Brisbane – www.libertine.net.au

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Entering Libertine is like walking into a meeting with the French and Vietnamese heads of state formalising an alliance with one another to battle a war against bad food.

I decided to do my part for world peace, enter the firing line and become a foreign correspondent for the night. I came out of the battle unscathed, pleasantly tipsy and carrying a few extra rashers of bacon on my belly.

The food is unusual, creative and de-freaking-licious! After cleansing my piggy-palate with a passionfruit cocktail my trotters were working at full pace around the table tasting a variety of delightful dishes from the street food and sharing plate menus with my hungry herd.

The white flag was officially erected when I was soaking a perfectly baked French baguette in a lemongrass and coconut infused broth full of mussels. They won the war with their buttery five mushroom dumplings, salt and pepper tofu, efficiently friendly staff and decadent decor.

The bitter: despite the outside being as pretty as a pig you can feel isolated from the rest of the piggies inside.
The sweet: the more food I can taste the better – I love the idea of pigs sharing plates.
The damage: Moderate – cocktails, wine and food for four pigs cost about $225.

Oink Oink,
Truffle Pig

Libertine – No. 5, The Barracks. 61 Petrie Tce. Brisbane – www.libertine.net.au

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