This post takes us back to the CNY week (procrastination is something I do best) . Just 5 days after getting to know Mr Sixthseal.com in person. To be honest, I was quite an avid reader of his blog in those days, where I just love to read his posts on food (experiments and reviews) but it never did cross my mind that I will have the chance to do a food review with THE man himself.
We decided to try out a place we both have not been to before at The Curve and Bondi Beach crossed our minds, reason being it's new and I read somewhere that the set lunch is really worth it! FYI, Bondi Beach Bar & Grill is named and inspired by the Australian beach and offers Australian styled cuisines.
It was a quiet Friday afternoon, most people are either working or still enjoying the CNY holidays. The Set Lunch menu is only offered on weekdays from 12-3pm. Typical set lunch times but quite a pity that I don't work at The Curve area or else I'll be here every alternate days or on days when I need some 'happy meals' that won't burn a hole in my pocket.
For starters, there's a choice of either the Seafood Salad, Chicken Yakitori or Prawn Pinwheels. HB had the Seafood Salad while I chose the Prawn Pinwheels. When the starters arrived, I actually had a shock! In a positive way though. The food were so well presented, with all the minor details (ie. sprinkling of herbs and perfect food arrangements). For a person who generally dislikes salad, HB's starter changed my mind completely. The seafood were generous and the vege was crisp. The Prawn Pinwheels did not disappoint either, it was fresh and came in 2 sticks with grilled prawns alternating between grilled onions, capsicums and tomato.
Creamy Seafood Pasta
Char-grilled Minute Steak w Fried Mini Rosti
For our mains, HB had the Creamy Seafood Pasta while I chose the Char-grilled Minute Steak w Fried Mini Rosti. I did my 'homework' before going for the review, so I know what I want to order. Moreover, it was a good thing that I did my 'homework' as I was 45 mins late for the lunch and HB gave me a good lecture on punctuality -_- but we're on a clean slate now! HB's pasta was in a good sizeable potion, creamy and generous portion of mussels, prawns and squids. I didn't think much of the it as I am not a fan of cream-based pasta, as how HB didn't think much of my dish as well. Which is good, because it means more for him and more for me!
Contrary to what HB thinks of my dish, I found my minute steak to be okay. For the price I am paying, it's not surprising the steak is small but it fed me well. The sauce has a bit of black pepper taste and complemented the steak well. The fried rosti was good too, I like thick cut chips sometimes.
Fresh Fruit Salad Topped w Vanilla Ice Cream
For desserts, there wasn't a choice so it was Fresh Fruit Salad Topped w Vanilla Ice Cream as written in the menu. Again, the chefs at Bondi Beach has done a wonderful job by giving its customers a fine dining experience for the price of normal cafes. I love how the food is presented, even if it's just a simple dessert. Cubes of watermelon, papaya and honeydew drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with vanilla ice cream in a martini glass as desserts made the whole set lunch experience very well worth it.
HB had the watermelon juice which is an ala carte item. Opt for the plain water if you must (if you only want to spend no more than RM14.90 though it's not tax inclusive yet) and the best thing is it comes refillable. I like eateries that provide the free plain water and refillable option.
Bondi Beach is one place I would strongly recommend for a wholesome yet affordable lunch at RM14.90.
Read HB's review here.
Bondi Beach Grill & Bar
Lot 146, Level 1,
(Next to Bubba Shrimp & Co.)
[disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are based on my personal views, tastebuds and preference and may vary for others. please dont sue me, i dont have money. kthxbye.]