Adding to the growing list of Southern-style diners and bars is GoodTime in Bondi.
GoodTime is located in The Eastern hotel, a four level bar/restaurant which also contains restaurants such as the GoodTime Burgers and El Topo.
The Eastern was previously The Bondi Junction Hotel and has been around since before the giant swanky Westfields opened up so it has a funny roundish shape and doesn’t sit squarely into the shopping centre – something I feel gives it character and accentuates its long history.
The restaurant has a Southern Ranch feel with a modern twist.
It features fake deer head figures, stands with pickled vegetables and coke bottles (although they actually serve Pepsi), sewing machines and rusted bits and pieces.
In contrast, the actual floors and walls are quite modern and fresh, with lots of black and white, green plants and wooden tables.
MC and I partook in a Dinner Club meal and dined with fellow bloggers including Sir and M’Lady Dine Out, Chopin in my Saucepan, Go Bake Yourself and The Adventures of Miss Piggy.
Service was good- the staff were pretty friendly, our drinks were always refilled and our food was brought out quite quickly.
The menu features plenty of delicious Southern items including Quinoa, Baby Carrot, Hazelnut & Pomegranate salad, Spiced Smoked Chicken Wings GoodTime Slaw, a variety of burgers and slow cooked meats, and a number of interesting cocktails.
We enjoyed a number of dishes with a two hour drinks package including Morgans Bay Shiraz, Morgans Bay Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Stoney Peak Sparkling, Tap Beer and soft drinks.
Garlic Bread – crisp, buttery heaven. MC enjoyed this!
Charcuterie plate- smoky cheese, spicy nuts and salty meats served with sour gherkins and bread- delicious and a great starter with a glass of wine.
12 Hour Slow Cooked Beef Ribs- tasty, gooey sauce on soft and tender fatty beef- one of my faves, and Southern Spiced Chicken- spicy and hot seasoning, well-cooked chicken. The portion sizes were also very generous.
Fennel, goats cheese, pear and walnut salad with spinach- another favourite. I really like the thinly sliced pear and crunchy walnuts and I thought the salad was really fresh and light; it had a tangy dressing and balanced out the richness of the ribs.
Cous cous, chickpea and pine nut salad- great side with the chicken, loved the sweet raisins and cool salad although I remember Chopin in my Saucepan saying he wasn’t a fan of the fact that it was cold.
Other sides included the:
Charred Cajun Corn – I really enjoyed the butter and spice (quite hot!) on these cobs and love the charcoal taste and colouring.
Mac & Cheese- very well presented and quite tasty. Super gooey!
Overall we liked the menu as we are big fans of Southern food= especially ribs and charred corn. Decor was funky and would be a nice place for drinks and nibbles.
Miss Piggy holding up the Mac&Cheese
TCFB and MC dined courtesy of GoodTimes Diner and CR PR.
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Address: Level 4, Bondi Westfields, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction NSW
Tel: (02) 9387 7828