And butter and sugar. And of course avocado, it is Bondi after all. Good One Bondi takes over the Sadhana Kitchen’s old digs down near Bondi Beach Public School, just off Campbell Parade, and they’ve managed to hit that special spot between super healthy and deliciously decadent. It’s a middle ground that means you can drink green smoothies with kale and activated cashews while nibbling on a handmade date scone, sprinkled with crunchy raw sugar flakes. How about a house made brioche brisket burger with chunky potato fries and a beetroot latte? And we haven’t even mentioned the dedicated Toast menu yet.
Good One Bondi hits the nail on the head when it comes to café dining and that should be no surprise considering Aussie owner Scott Brown has several super successful Auckland eateries to his name. You wouldn’t know it, because Brown is all hands on deck, helping his staff talk through the menus and getting guests seated on the busy weekend when we pop down. His friendly face is one part of his winning formula, that’s for sure.
The rest of the formula comes down to fresh seasonal produce whenever possible, and a true dedication to baking, mylking, activating and smoking in house. Much of the menu, from the nut butters to the almond mylk, is made from scratch on site. We’re talking the brioche buns and smoked brisket, the moreish zucchini fritters, even the smoked salmon. Add in a low waste policy, an understanding of food intolerances of every shape and size, and you have a café that really caters to just about everyone.
Head chef Federico Giro has come back into the fold, rejoining the company after manning several kitchens over at Brown’s Kiwi venues. We’re pretty glad he hopped across the pond because we’re still thinking about that brunch bowl – a very hearty (yet extremely healthy) bowl of zucchini fritters sitting on a bed of kale, cauliflower rice and green tahini. But don’t worry, you will get your meat-loving, carnivore plus ones through the door (if your plus ones are like ours, they baulk at ‘healthy cafes’) with Let the Good Times Roll, extremely decadent brioche bacon and egg rolls and the brisket burger. And we can’t forget the Toast Menu. Designed for those after a smaller bite to eat, the single or double slice options include nut and ricotta toppings, but also the likes of broad beans, peas and mint, mushrooms and labneh or even spiced sausage and yoghurt on your choice of sourdough, rye, fig and even an activated charcoal and quinoa gluten free bread. Like we said, there’s a little something for everyone.
Good One Bondi
132 Warners Ave, Bondi Beach