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Cafe Max

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by Michael Perry (subscribe)
Published November 12th 2011
Organic food. I've always been sceptical. I mean, it's the first step in the slippery spiral. One day I'll be eating free range eggs, the next I'll be on the Sea Shepard fighting for the Whales. Okay, a bit extreme. But seriously, I've always thought the whole organic thing was a bit of fad. It took the mountainous region of remote Thailand to wake up my tastebuds. It was Christmas Eve, my friends and I road-tripped to an organic farm. Fresh farm turkey, rice cooked in sticks of bamboo, Yorkshire pudding, it was all on my plate. Better yet, the day before, it was all on the farm.

So when I returned to Sydney, I did what any normal person would do, I gave it another shot. Does it taste better? Ahuh. Is it worth it for a few extra bucks? Well that depends where you go. If you head to Max's on Bondi Road, the answer is an undoubtable yes. Don't expect a $10 dollar meal here. It's not a cheap breaky. It's a fresh banquet. You have all your favourites beautifully prepared from the best produce. The coffee isn't the best I've had, but it definitely scores high on the pallet. The chefs do a real good job of keeping the menu interesting. Every time I go there is something a little different. With out fail, it's always just as good. My personal favourite is the crispy bacon, scrambled egg, fresh spinach and tomato croissant.

Not only is the food great, but the atmosphere is earthy and relaxed with a beach twist. Painted surf boards hang from the wall while beautiful photographs of waves and surfers accompany them. They even have a hidden courtyard out the back. If you eat in, I definitely recommend giving it a try. They also have a window out the front for take-away. Thankfully, despite an organic fix every now and then, I'm yet to join the Sea Shepard. It's not that I don't want to help, it's that I can't take Max with me.
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Why? A little get-a-way half way up Bondi Road.
When: All day
Where: 251 Bondi Rd Bondi 2026 NSW
Cost: $15-$20
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