It may not be beach weather, but a collaboration between two popular Sydney diners gives us an excuse to head to the Bondi coast this winter. From 30th June, Redfern’s favorite Kepos Street Kitchen is taking over Matt Moran’s North Bondi Fish to launch North Bondi Kepos, a celebration of Middle Eastern cuisine and culture.
The residency is led by Moran (also Aria, Chiswick) and Michael Rantissi, owner and Executive Chef of Kepos Street Kitchen. They curate everything from food to cocktails, live music and DJs.
The North Bondi Kepos lunch and dinner menu is split into five parts: meze, raw, grilled, mains and sides, and a dessert menu. Fans of Kepos & Co’s (Kepos Street Kitchen’s sister restaurant, which closed earlier this year) hummus pounded at the table in a mortar and pestle will welcome the news that a similar dish will return in the pop-up. You can also expect dishes like crispy school prawns with harissa; kingfish ceviche; swordfish skewers with homemade barbecue sauce; a slow-roasted cilantro-crusted shoulder of lamb; and roasted cauliflower with dukkah, tahini and chili. For dessert, a stretchy knafeh and milk chocolate mousse with halva.
Theatrical cocktails created by General Manager Shay Cullen complement the menu. The Figorita is an interpretation of North Bondi Fish’s most popular cocktail, the Margarita, here made with fig puree and homemade grenadine and served in a ceramic teapot. The Bergabomb riffs on a Jagerbomb and features a flaming shot of arak dipped in a glass of beer, while the Spice Honey Americano comes in a pitcher filled (as the name suggests) with honey and warming spices.
The residence will also make the most of North Bondi Fish’s best properties opposite Bondi Beach – it will be open for breakfast and brunch every weekend. Try shakshuka and crumpets (from Crumpets by Merna) with Pepe Saya butter, tahini and date molasses, as well as mimosas, Bellinis and Bloody Marys with oriental accents.
North Bondi Fish’s light blue and white dining room will be redesigned with a color palette of muted reds, yellows and blues, with artwork hanging around the venue featuring Rantissi’s family.
This isn’t the first time North Bondi Fish has switched things up for the cold months – it became an izakaya for a week in June last year before Sydney was plunged into a month-long lockdown.
North Bondi Fish will trade until June 26th and North Bondi Kepos will open on June 30th. It is open for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday and for breakfast from 8am on Saturday and Sunday.