Continuing our quest of all Bondi diners and dives, we move off the immediate beachfront this week (where we spent our last three weeks at Bondi, Mojo’s and Hurricane Grill) and into the quieter residential streets a few blocks down. Brown Sugar is nested on Curlewis St., within a nice walk from Bondi beach. The 48 seater is cosy, chic and appropriately small café is known as the dive of choice for more chic and mainstream shunning the more popular, tourist heavy and strained service beachfront restaurants. It’s also not too pricey and manageable for the mid 20 trendies.
The mains are $20-$30 and the entrees and dessert around $10. The signature dish is the Fish and Leek pie in truffle oil, or so the restaurant claims, and it’s certainly good enough. But Brown Sugar really shines through breakfast to brunch, with impossibly fresh and well-made eggs and coffee – it’s the simple things that make the difference, really.
It’s a fortune then that this place is open for breakfast Thursdays to Sundays (originally it was penned as a night time version of the original, now closed, Brighton Boulevard Brown Sugar), or else we’d be missing out on a consistently well above average café, which is always surprisingly and disappointingly rare to find.
Normally this is the part where we start complaining about the service in spite of good atmosphere and food, but as mentioned previously, Brown Sugar isn’t part of the regular beach front cast, and thus the clientele is much smaller and locally oriented. This means that the kitchen and service isn’t as constantly pressed and you won’t get that same apathy or arrogance from the wait staff.
So if you’re ever feeling like a 3 minute walk from the beach front (you’ll probably be waiting for 15 minutes on a beach front restaurant anyway) then go for a spot of Brown Sugar.