There’s something about American comfort food that just hits the spot. So, what do you get when you mix American diner food with Bondi beach? It’s like a magic fusion. That salty sea breeze, a creamy old school milkshake and a juicy burger. It’s old school Australian milk bar on your summer holidays meets traditional American slow cooked meats. With a bit of Bondi glamour on the side.
Paradise Road Diner is the newest member of the North Bondi club. Just a few doors up from Jo And Willys Depot Cafe, it’s tucked back from the street, with a small wooden terrace (hello sunny days) and a long row of seats inside at the bar so you can watch the burgers get flipped in your flip flops.
This is casual dining at its best – paper placemat menus, milkshake makers lined up along the wall, a waffle iron cranking out fresh waffles to be topped with golden fried chicken. There’s a chilled out vibe only found when you venture up the hill away from Bondi’s bustle.
The diner is open seven days a week, 7am-10pm, serving all your standard brekky options, including a cracking brisket hash, but you should stop by for lunch or dinner. The burger menu has plenty of bacon, BBQ sauce, pickles, mustard and meat (and a veggie option) but it’s the slow cooked brisket ordered by the 200g that deserves your attention. Slow cooked for eight hours then finished off in the oven (Dr Pepper is involved in the marinade), it melts in your mouth and is served with a corn bread muffin that’s more traditional American scone than bread but we like it all the same.
Grab a side of fries and wash it all down with a root beer float if you’re feeling brave or stick to a traditional can’t-go-wrong chocolate milkshake. There’s daily pie specials or a towering Paradise Sundae for dessert if you can squeeze it in. Maybe just go for that dip down at the beach before eating.
Paradise Road Diner
269 Campbell Parade, North Bondi
T: (02) 9300 6161
Open Mon – Sun 7am-10pm