Monday, January 16, 2012

The Bucket List

Overlooking the world famous Bondi Beach, The Bucket List, a pop-up bar from Sejuiced juice bar founder Andy Ruwal seems to fit comfortably into the scenery around it. 

The outdoor area is very relaxed; milk crates and stacked wooden pallets are used as chairs and tables along side the usual wooden benches and tables, while the colourful French style deck chairs added a hint of beachside resort feel to the whole place. 

The space inside is open and light; wooden, metal and coloured buckets, some with plants, hang from a ladder that hovers over a massive communal table. There is also a more formal dinning area looking out to the sea if the occasion calls for it.

The food, created by chef Tom Walton (ex Bistro Moncur), errs somewhat on the expensive side for the serving size, however, the freshness and quality of the ingredients made up for it. The drink list offers wine, beer and cocktails, but is limited to a handful of each.

With a bottle of Domain Barossa Ruth Miller Riseling we settled on the deck chairs outside, and our dishes were served up before long. The Crisp zucchini flowers with goat's curd, mint and harissa mayo was absolutely delicious, the lightly battered zucchini flowers were crisped to perfection and well complimented by the mayo; the bucket of crisp battered fish with chips, pickles & tartare (our serving was missing the pickles), which is deemed as their signature dish, was fresh but I failed to see its attraction aside from the fact that it came in a cute red bucket.

Still feeling peckish after the two dishes we decided to order two more. Bucket List's marinated & grilled chicken ribs was a miss, the meat was a bit dry and would have been better if it was served with some dipping sauce. The Moorish Saltbush lamb skewers with aioli was quite good, the lamb was very tender.

Given its relaxed vibe, and the fun factor that you can order a bucket of chips and a bucket of beer at the same time, this pop-up bar is a great summer hangout down the beach. And if they ever start offering buckets of cocktails I'd be back there in a jiffy!

The Bucket List: Shop 01,  Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026  The Bucket List on Urbanspoon

1 comment:

  1. This sounds cool, even if for the novelty factor :P
    Loving reading your experiences & reviews... I only wish I was a bit closer!