Friday, 18 January 2013

The Eastern, Bondi Jct

The Eastern
http://www.theeastern.com.au/
500 Oxford St Bondi Junction NSW 2022
+61 2 9387 7828

The Eastern is a pub in Bondi Junction. It was there before Westfield and Westfield had to build around it. There are two entrances: one from Oxford St and one from within Westfield near Woolworths.

I've passed here many times and seen the sign "Good Pub Food Guide" - referring to the SMH Good Food Guide and been meaning to try it.

The "restaurant" area is actually accessed by stairs on Oxford St and is separate to the bar itself however the upstairs restaurant area has its own bar. You are able to order food from the downstairs bar too but eating a 3 course meal on a crowded bar stool isn't that fun. That works a lot better if you're just ordering hot chips to go with your drink.

The upstairs restaurant area is actually rather nice. Simple and clean private leather booths alongside the window. The waitress was very friendly and offered helpful suggestions. Fantastic service.

There are two steak options on the menu, your typical cheap and good value $10 pub steak with chips or the upgraded rib eye steak for $18.

Without hesitation, I went for the more expensive option. For steak, you always want the better cut.

The Eastern Rib Steak $18
The Eastern Rib Steak $18: char grilled grain fed rib steak, cafe de paris butter, red wine jus, watercress w/ potato mash.

I asked for a salad instead of the mash and they happily accommodated.

The steak was good but slightly overcooked for my liking. I always order medium rare and it came out on the cooked side of medium.

I'm keen to come back to try the burger, chicken wings and salt and pepper calamari. The fantastic service just makes you want to come back.

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