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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Nick's Bondi Beach Pavilion, Sydney

bbq meat plate

EDIT: Nick's Bondi Beach Pavilion has closed

There's something in the words "all you can eat" that always catches my attention. I really should have grown out of it by now, but just as "unlimited alcohol" holds a certain magic for others, so too does the promise of a buffet have my head snap to attention.

A food-loving friend alerted me to the $21 all you can eat barbecue seafood feast at Nick's Bondi. I was somewhat skeptical; it sounded too good to be true, but their website confirmed it: "Unlimited Plates of QUALITY Chargrills & Golden Fried Seafood". They had even put quality IN CAPS as though they anticipated my suspicions.

It promised chargrilled bbq plates of grilled grainfed beef, spicy chorizo sausage, Mediterranean lamb skewers, marinated chicken fillet, bbq pork ribs and chips. Golden fried seafood plates contained the catch of the day, golden fried calamari and chips.

We made a booking.

nicks bondi

The restaurant was fully booked on a Sunday night, but only a third had ordered the seafood feast as far we could see. Our waitress soon explained proceedings: you either ordered the meat plate or the seafood plate, and continued with full plates of either in subsequent servings.

seafood plate

Our meals arrived quickly. As a table of five, we shared our platters around. Both options were enormous, arriving on generous beds of chips that encouraged compulsive nibbling.

The seafood plate was a deep-fried fiesta: three fillets of fish, two prawn cutlets and a large handful of battered calamari rings. Tartare sauce and lemons completed the platter.

The meat plate beheld a carnivore's delight: a small steak dressed in bearnaise sauce, half a chorizo seared, two short skewers of lamb, a sweetly marinated chicken thigh fillet and two pairs of ribs, accompanied by a pot of barbecue sauce.

It was all fairly good, but we did start craving vegetables and salad part-way through (available off the a la carte menu). The meat plate was a little less greasy on the stomach, but the fatty ribs, juicy chorizo, chicken thigh and hollandaise still added to the saturated fullness.

We ploughed on, but despite having two ravenous blokes on our table, our table of five only managed six plates. Much of the chips were sent back too.

pannacotta dessert
Berry compote with vanilla pannacotta,
mixed berries, chantilly cream and brandy snap $9.00

This meant room for sweets, and we ordered two portions of the dessert-of-the-day to share among us: a pannacotta with berries in a funky bent-stem martini glass. The pannacotta was more of a rubbery firmness than a delicate barely-set wobble, but overall it made for a light and refreshing dessert that was greedily demolished.

Considering its location and view (we scored a wonderful window-side table facing the beach), this is a pretty good deal if you don't mind some grease.

nicks bondi menu

Nick's Bondi Beach Pavilion (CLOSED)
Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9365 4122

Open 7 days for lunch and dinner

All you can eat barbecue seafood feast $21 (exluding drinks)
Available Sunday nights from 6.00pm, lunch and dinner Monday - Tuesday

Parking discount available at adjacent parking station
(ask to have your voucher stamped at the front desk)

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Nick's Seafood Restaurant, Darling Harbour
9 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Anonymous on 12/06/2006 11:58:00 pm


  • At 12/07/2006 8:47 am, Blogger Reb said…

    Looks like definite hangover food! But what a good price for a decent stomach lining of fat. Did you notice the wine prices? Often with the chepaer food price the vino is astronomical.

  • At 12/07/2006 4:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wah so cheap! 21bucks baby! dude im so there

  • At 12/08/2006 12:08 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OMMMGG im soooo thheeree
    ive been eating out at bondi for the past nights and cant believe i missed this gem! thhxxxx

  • At 12/08/2006 7:34 am, Blogger Yvo Sin said…

    Mm, that sounds quite reasonable, even if you only eat one plate! Sounds delicious... ribs...

    PS The weather here is so odd. NYC is pretty brutal for its winters, but it's been high 40s, low 50s, for weeks, and then a few days early this week were high 30s, low 40s and biting winds. But today it's back to 50! I'm so confused and close to being sick, I think!

  • At 12/08/2006 11:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Behold: all the grease you can eat!
    What a wonderful culin'ry treat.
    It might make me fatter,
    but pass me that batter,
    then maybe I'll have some more meat.

  • At 12/10/2006 11:46 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Not bad for the price. You know how much I love grease!

  • At 11/12/2009 12:52 pm, Anonymous Amy said…

    Curious, I am used to see "All you can eat" chinese restaurants...but never unlimite barbecues. It is a good time to have barbecues, so let's go!

  • At 11/13/2009 6:16 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Veruca Salt - It was a very good price indeed, and lol, Grease is the word alright!

    Hi Amy - There are quite a few all-you-can meat places in Sydney, especially Brazillian food. You might want to check out Flavour of Brazil in Leichhardt but make sure you bring your appetite!

  • At 7/20/2012 11:54 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey guys,
    Nick's is long gone! The Bucket List boys have been there since December and its really pumping!


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