A marketing coordinator that enjoys reviewing in her spare time. Living in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney - on the brink of something fabulous!
Published June 21st 2012
It looks brand spanking new but 'eighty something' on Hall St, Bondi Beach has been there since December of last year. It sits just down from the iconic Cafe Bondi, next to Sababa, where Bondi Tucker used to reside. With a shiny charcoal interior, modern drop lights, a colour changing light table out the front, and couches toward the back, the spot is très trendy.
eighty something' has a fresh look and feel to it and plays its part in the larger transformation taking place on Hall Street in Bondi. (Also relatively new to the scene are The Crossing, Mad Pizza and Bondi Picnic).
I sampled the joint for dinner with the family, (four of us) but I believe it is better suited to an evening of cocktails with friends. The service was friendly and there was a guitar player out the front that Sunday evening, though I can't be sure he's there every night. The music could be heard right through the tapas bar and set a great mood.
Primarily a cocktail bar, with a great (and large) selection of cocktails, jugs, wines etc, 'eighty something' features these little gems on its one page tapas menu.
The burgers ($13) are scrumptious with beetroot, aged cheddar and a small piece of sirloin on a petite bun. Just don't expect them to fill you up – they are after all only two bites in size.
The cafe purports, "Sharing is one of mankind's most attractive & intimate traits. Try our selection of share plates & cocktails, or something larger from our mains menu." However, when we arrived for dinner circa 7:30pm, there was no 'mains menu' presented and we did not know to ask for it.
We opted to share six tapas dishes, the aforementioned sliders included. The sliders were the stand out favourite of the dishes ordered. which included scallops, the lamb and mushroom dish, garlic prawns and chorizo, and haloumi and apple stacks. It appears that their online menu differs greatly from the menu we received Sunday night.
eighty something' is open on the weekends from 9am and brings something a little different from the usual offering, with grilled apricots, breakfast burritos and buckwheat ricotta crepes. If you're more of a lunch person though, you may be more impressed by their Smoked Wagyu Rueben, Sesame Prawn and Orange salad, with avocado and walnut dressing, or a dish simply called "Salt" (smoked salmon, avocado, lettuce & roma tomato).
From 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights they have live Jazz to provide great background music to your conversation while you sip on one of their creative cocktails. The standout on the menu for me was the 'poison apple martini' (15) – green fairy absinthe is the star of this one, added to sour apple schnapps and orange juice, and garnished with an apple fan. If you'd prefer a beer though, the bee sting honey wheat beer struck me as different, as did the Nastro Azzurro, from Italy. ($8 and $7.5 respectively).
Though the tapas are on the pricey side here (it is Bondi), the cocktails are very affordable (and we all know how important it is to eat whilst we drink!) So if you're there for the evening, pick a couple to nosh away on while you sip a pretty drink and catch up with your pals in beautiful Bondi.
PS: In order to get the word out and raise its profile, 'eighty something' offers something exclusive if you 'like' them on Facebook or tag yourself (check in) there, on the night I was there it was a free antipasto plate – so that's a bit of an added bonus.