Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bondi Pizza

On my most recentish trip to Sydney, my sister took me along to the Bondi Markets. I love Bondi Markets- no markets in Brisbane really measure up. There seem to be stalls at every corner of the school yard and most things are pretty cool and reasonably priced. (I put this in -here as I really want someone to make a Bondi styled market in Bris- someone... anyone??) After shopping until we almost dropped, we decided to go up to the main strip in Bondi and grab something to eat. The afternoon had graced us hours earlier, and we really just needed something light to sustain us until dinner time.

We didn't want to walk too far, as I had bought some heavy prints so when we stumbled upon Bondi Pizza, we could go no further. Heaps of my Sydney friends rave about Bondi Pizza so when I saw it sitting there amongst the crowd on the beautifully sunny early Autumn afternoon- I knew I had to have it.

We decided to have takeaway, although I'm not entirely sure why. The vibe was cool and relaxed and it seemed like a lovely spot to sit whilst eating a slice. Perhaps we were so tired from all the shopping that our brains were momentarily sleeping. After perusing the menu for what seemed like a lifetime, my sister finally asserted authority and demanded we order a small chicken pancetta ($13.9) - with grilled marinated chicken, pancetta, fresh tomato, rocket and bondi pizzas secret BBQ style sauce. We ordered from the takeaway counter and sat on the big rock outside to wait. Whilst it was a lovely day - it would have been a much smarter move to eat outside at one of the tables!

In face, we made a series of mistakes in this visit.
1) Order a large- even if you think you want something light, you don't. 2 small pieces is not enough to sustain you when you have been shopping for hours;
2) Order and eat in the restaurant instead of having takeaway on the walk back to the car;
3) Never forget to look at the cocktail list, because you will spot it when you are sitting staring wistfully in, and it will make you even more unhappy.

The cocktail list was scrawled out on the wall and looked fab- I really could have done with a bikini mojito or an icy lychini ($16.5) to revitalise my spirit. Ah well.. maybe next time.

After what seemed like an eternity, but was only probably 20 minutes (which would have gone a lot quicker had I been seated and drinking a cocktail) our number was called, so we grabbed the pizza an proceeded back to the car- eating a piece along the way.

Bondi Pizza pride themselves on having the tastiest 'thin pressed' pizza in the world, though I'm not exactly sure what means, I am sure that the base was thin and crispy. The napoli sauce was tasty and the chicken and pancetta complimented each other nicely. The rocket added colour and a peppery kick, but for me, the 'secret bbq style sauce' was oily and borderline stodgy. The flavour wasn't bad but I didn't really like it smothered all over the pizza and think it could have been nicer if it was used in conjunction with the napoli sauce on the base or more sparingly when drizzled on top.

After observing for 20 mins, most people looked like they were enjoying their meals and the chilli king prawn pizza looked quite impressive- something I might consider next time I'm in Bondi and in need of pizza.

Bondi Pizza
180-186 Campbell Parade
Bondi Beach
NSW 2026
+61 2 9365 6500

So tell me - when have you made a silly dining decision?
Bondi Pizza on Urbanspoon

11 fabulous comments:

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

That crust does look very thin, especially at the edges! hehe yes we always order a large. Leftover pizza is so good! :D

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

We walked from Petrie Terrace to the city last Friday to check out Albert Lane and dine at Vapianos. Unfortunately Vapianos was packed so we decided to head back to The Barracks for a FAB burger. Wrong - shuda had a drink at least in the city before another walk! Was really looking forward to my burger at the end!

Green Been said...

that looks completely delicious! my upcoming dinner now does not appeal to me anymore!

Sarah @ For the Love of Food said...

I tend to send my boy out to get the takeaway so don't have to do the waiting bit or be enticed by the drinks :) I so agree with your tip to order bigger, especially with pizza because cold pizza the next day is the best!

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

Agree, two slices is never enough! Or perhaps I'm just a big pizza guts =p

Betty @ The Hungry Girl said...

Oh, Bondi Markets are awesome aren't they? I used to go there all the time, but haven't been in ages! There's so many pizza places that I haven't tried!! I do like mine thin & crispy :) Shame about the sauce though.. but I'll remember to eat in and order a cocktail if I visit :D

Linda V said...

Hi just stumbled across your blog. I'm from Brisbane too. Two pieces probably not enough of thin pressed pizza?

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge said...

oh thats so sad, waiting so long for the pizza and then it turning out to be not what you hoped. I would have gone somewhere else and eaten more just so I would be satisfied. Yes, extreme....but I'd still be happy :)

we hate you. love, us said...

oh my gosh that looks delish!!! I'm suddenly very hungry haha. I also make silly dining decisions when I'm a tourist after a long day of walking. I hit the point where I just can't take it anymore and walk into the first place I see. Sometimes it works out amazingly well. Other times...not so much.


Ladybird said...

Hrmm I'll have to give this place a try.. I do like a crispy base :)

Ahhh.. too many silly dining decisions to mention - but you always learn something from them, no? :)

Island Gal said...

Sounds delicious!!

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