Noodles and self serve tempura has opened in Bondi Junction so noodle lovers do not have to trek all the way to George Street to get their udon or tempura fix. Exactly the same concept as the one on George Street, self service, instructions are exactly the same – choose a drink, select the type of noodles you want, pick toppings, grab a bowl of tempura sauce, eat it and you are done.
The location of Mappen is ‘not exactly’ on Oxford Street, it is actually on Spring Street, and you can’t miss it, it is quite spacious, a lot bigger than the one on George Street I thought. E and I were a little lost but thankfully our Iphone maps led us here.
I haven’t been to mappen for a while now so not quite sure what the menu is like, however, I noticed that the Bondi Junction branch has a lot more options. It has Japanese style curry, and a lot more other rice dishes which weren’t on the Menya Mappen menu.
I wanted something heartier than noodles – what can be heartier you ask? Japanese curry of course! Ontama with half boiled egg ($4.90 for small and $5.90 for large) – small was already generous enough. The curry wonderful and the half boiled egg just oozed with yolk which I absolutely love. It was definitely a hearty dish and exactly what I needed on a cold day!
You can’t go to Mappen without having any of the tempura! I wanted one of each but opt for sweet potato – which is my favourite, pork cutlet and chicken karaage, which unfortunately was a little cold but was still tasty. The tempura was lightly battered and was the perfect with my curry and rice!
E had the udon with beef (no photo sorry! I was too hungry and forgot) and it looked good!
I remember going to Menya Mappen on George Street numerous times, it has been a while since my last visit and the Bondi Junction branch is just as good, if not better, it is definitely more spacious.
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
183 Oxford Street
Bondi Junction 2022
Ph: +61 2 9388 0609
Bondi Pizza opened in 2009, and claims to have the ‘tastiest thin pressed pizza’ in the world. They first opened in Bondi beach in 2009, but it was the one in Westfield Bondi Junction that we went too.
I was catching up with M for lunch and she suggested this place. Located on level 6 of Westfield, the restaurant was large with views, perfect for summer evenings. It was a little cold that day, so we opt to sit inside.
I couldn’t go past the pepperoni (classic pizza) – traditional Italian pepperoni, roma tomato, buffalo mozzarella and fresh mint ($21.90). 8 inches, the pizza was just ‘right’. Thinly crust, the pizza was scrumptiously yummy and just ‘perfect’ for lunch.
M couldn’t go past the true vegetarian – goats curd base, sauteed spinach, mushrooms, roast pumpkin, balsamic onions, fresh tomato, kalamata olives, roasted pinenuts, shaved parmesan, pesto sauce, balsamic reduction and parmesan sauce ($23.90) – very colourful and very flavoursome! Definitely a favourite!
They have a vast range of pizza, with choices of meat, vegetarian, seafood or mixed. Service was good albeit slow at times, but the pizza was tasty. Definitely keen to try their other dishes that’s for sure.
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
Shop 6009 Level 6,
Westfield Centre 500 Oxford Street
Bondi Junction, 2022
Ph: +61 2 9388 9222
I was catching up with one of my dearest friend, M for lunch at Bondi Junction. She suggested Savta Cafe, which can be found on Waverly Street just outside the Westfield Shopping Centre.
The cafe was busy by the time I got there, which was a little before 1pm. It was a gorgeous day and I was hoping to sit outside under the sun, alas no. The menu is quite simple, cafe food with a Mediterranean / Israeli twist which includes burgers, salads, soup, sandwiches and many more.
The homemade lemonade was deliciously refreshing with a nice tang.
Both M and I wanted something ‘healthy’ and opted for the Za’atar chicken salad which consists of chickpeas, spinach, capsicum, sweet potato with a delicious dressing ($15).
It was a generous serving, the Za’atar chicken tender and flavoursome. I love the combination of chickpeas and sweet potato and the dressing a wonderful complement.
It was definitely a ‘healthier’ option that we both needed, however, I must admit, I was a little hungry in the afternoon and needed a mid-afternoon snack.
The food is healthy and delicious. For the size and quality, I think it is good value. I noticed what other diners were having, the burger looks sensational and so does the hummus with pita bread – will definitely have that next time.
Keen to try the Israeli breakfast which consists of chopped tomato and cucumber salad, dark olives, labne, omelette and pitta. I didn’t have coffee but M did and said it was ‘pretty’ good. Service friendly and very welcoming, a bit slow at times, but the food definitely made up for it.
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
Shop 5 / 4 – 12 Waverly Street
Bondi Junction 2022
Weekday brunches – I sure am going to miss you! I didn’t know it at the time but this was going to be my last weekday brunch with my dear friend A and her gorgeous son B. We ventured to Westfield Bondi Junction as she needed to get a couple of things and we thought we would have brunch at Luxe, which is located near the Eastern Hotel at Bondi Junction Westfield.
The place was busy and buzzing on a weekday, majority are mothers brunching with friends. It was very child friendly, and the staff very relaxed and charming.
You order at the counter, get a number and food will be delivered to your table. A and I opted to sit outside as it was a lot cooler.
A was on the hunt for the best eggs benedict in Sydney. However, eggs royale with petuna salmon caught her eye. We weren’t sure what ‘eggs royale’ was – it was also the first time I have seen it on the menu.
The eggs royale with petuna salmon ($17) – looked very similar to eggs benedict. Eggs royale apparently replaces the bacon with smoked salmon and commonly served with capers and red onions, either on the side or directly on top of the hollandaise sauce. Now, I didn’t have any of this but A claimed it was ‘cheesier’ and the hollandaise sauce creamy and wonderful. However, Bitton’s eggs benedict was definitely better.
I opted for the poached eggs with asparagus and truffle oil ($17) – perfectly poached eggs with soft asparagus drizzled with truffle oil on toasted and crunchy bread. It was excellent and exactly what I needed that day. The truffle oil was subtle, I think a little more would definitely have been tastier.
The café was buzzing, I love the communial tables outside the cafe. I believe it is one of the better cafes in Westfield. They have sandwiches and salads for takeaway should you wish to grab something and eat in the office. It’s very Mum and bub friendly. Not only that, but also very business friendly – we saw many meetings being held here over coffee. It was loud though becasuse of its location but still a gem!
I sure am going to miss our weekly mid-week brunch!
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
Shop 3078, 500 Oxford Street,
Westfield, Sydney 2022
Ph: +61 405 61 6 762