Bondi Harvest, a popular breakfast & lunch cafe based in Australia, has opened its first location in the USA! Created by Guy Turland and Mark Alston, the two have a popular Youtube channel, cooking book, and cafes in Australia. The name Bondi Harvest comes from Sydney's most famous stretch of sand called Bondi Beach, where there is a strong breakfast cafe culture in that area. Since Guy has always had a strong connection to the ocean, it was only fair that his cafe embodies it!
The cafe itself is super cute and hip, and there's seating inside and outside on the patio. We ordered the fried egg sandwich, the three tartines (sweet halloumi, avo toast, and wild mushroom), as well as the Bondi breakfast. Acai bowls were unfortunately sold out, so we got the On the Green and Mango Madness smoothie.
Avo Toast, smashed avocado, smoked paprika, sea salt, evoo- This toast was simple yet delectable. The flavors were very prominent especially since avocado is more on the muted side, and it was yummy!
Wild Mushrooms, tabasco kale, ricotta, almonds- I love how the ricotta really added to the toast! Great textures overall with the nuts and the various ingredients, and this toast was my favorite of the three!
Sweet Halloumi, avocado, lemon, pistachio dukkah and grilled halloumi, raw wildflower honey- I've actually never had halloumi cheese, and I liked how it was grilled for texture! The honey added an overall subtle sweetness to it, and this one was also delicious!
Fried Egg Sandwich, bacon, avocado, hot sauce, aioli, aged parmesan, tomato- this may or may not be the best fried egg sandwich I've ever had! I still think about this sandwich to this day... and am so impressed at how perfect it was! Definitely a must order!
Bondi Breakfast- two eggs, bacon, roasted tomato, avocado, mushrooms, sourdough toast- This dish was more than just your average breakfast dish! We loved the presentation and the taste of everything. We were too full by this point, so we actually boxed this one togo.
The On the Green (kale, spinach, avocado, coconut water, apple juice, lemon, mango pulp) and Mango Madness (frozen mango, turmeric, cinammon, coconut cream) smoothies were super healthy tasting. The smoothies were more viscous, and had a nice texture overall.
During our brunch,we also got to meet Guy Turland himself, and he left me with an impressionable quote, "Restaurant is just a place to eat, while a cafe is a community." This is so true in so many ways- people always hang out and bond at cafes while a patron goes to a restaurant to eat. The whole vision behind Bondi Harvest is so clearly seen at this cafe, and it's amazing to see how far Bondi Harvest has come!