It may have rained all weekend but that didn’t stop Secret Foodies celebrating the long weekend at Randwick Races.
The ladies were glamorous in colourful spring dresses, impressive fascinators and stunning shoes (that kill our feet but look too hot not to wear). The gentlemen came equally styled to boot and together our Secret Foodies guests were an attractive addition to the Spring Carnival.
It wasn’t just about fashion and bubbles, our Foodies embraced the spirit of racing with a few cheeky punts. For some it was a successful day at the track, for others…well you can’t win them all.
At least those who didn’t win could get their nails done in the Yellowglen tent or have their photo taken for the ‘cover of a magazine’. Unfortunately the races is not known for its tantalising cuisine so it was a good thing the Secret Foodies Bus (and Bus Man Dan) came to the rescue at 6pm to whisk our crew away to a secret location for dinner.
At 5pm the suburb was revealed as Bondi and everyone took pleasure in guessing our destination. Driving down the hill of Campbell Parade we pulled over and the secret was revealed. We had arrived at Bondi Social.
A bus full of gorgeous post races people came flooding out and I’m not sure Bondi Social knew what hit it. Never fear, Hilton Kings the owner was there to greet us and show us to our table, mojito’s following close behind.
Bondi Social is a part of the heart and soul of Bondi and was the perfect locale for a post races dinner. They had a great vibe flowing through the bar and restaurant with dim lighting and a DJ playing upbeat tunes.
We were seated inside and had a group of 26 split across 3 tables next to each other. The view was gorgeous. This is a brilliant place to have afternoon drinks in the sun and at night it’s transformed into a sophisticated bar and dining space without losing that beachfront feel.
After drinking bubbles all day and exhaustive betting our Foodies were hungry. Bondi Social is all about share plates and to start we had Chorizo Sausage with Cherry Tomato & Red Wine Sauce and Chilli, Salt Squid with Lime Aioli. Both dishes were great for post races drinking. I don’t think the tomato in the Caprese Salad of Vine Ripened Tomato was ripe enough and as a result lacked flavour.
The Sweet Corn Fritters with Tomato Chutney were tasty and I would have liked more than one. There weren’t many Lamb Kafta skewers with Cucumber Aioli and unfortunately I didn’t get to try these. My favourite dish of the evening was by far the Steamed Barramundi with Sweet Potato & Ginger Mash. The mash was delicious and so was the sauce that had a coconut flavour. It was a great combination and I will definitely be back for that dish again. I also enjoyed the Twice Cooked Lamb with Romesco & Date Cous Cous. This was a simple dish done well, the meat was soft and flavorsome.
I was a disappointed with the Roasted Beetroot, Puy Lentils, Green Beans, Mint & Goat’s Cheese Salad. The beetroot looked like canned beetroot, I would have liked to see whole roasted beetroots but this is a matter of taste. The Eggplant Stuffed with Zucchini, Goats Cheese, Mint, Onions was delightful and is a must try, small but packs a punch. I didn’t try the Chicken Saltimbocca with Toffee Tomatoes, Fennel Salad so I’m looking forward to hearing what our Foodies thought. It looked like a fancy chicken caeser salad.
I recommend Bondi Social to people who are looking for an upbeat vibe with a relaxed menu. It’s an amazing venue with a brilliant view of the iconic Bondi Beach. The food is great for casual sharing and is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for a great venue to host a large group. The wine list is great, as are the cocktails. Hamilton and new manager Jonny are wonderful. My favourite dish was the barramundi and I had a delicious riesling. Bondi Social is good value for money and a fun destination.
But enough about what I think, let’s hear what our foodies have to say…