MAMASAN
Sydney, NSW

Boldly standing opposite Bondi's busy Beach Road Hotel is Mamasan Restaurant. The menu creatively combines elements of Japanese and Taiwanese cooking to form its unique tapas menu. Think pork belly with apple wasabi and miso-marinated salmon cooked sandwiched between sheets of cedar paper, then torched and served with embers glowing.
Accepts
Opening Times
 MTWTFSS
Lunch
Dinner
Address:

57-59 Beach Road
Suburb:
Bondi Beach
Contact:
Tel: +61 2 9130 5066
Cuisine:
Fusion, Japanese
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
License:
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
DETAILS
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It's a Sunday night, but Mamasan is buzzing and it's easy to see why. This Bondi favourite is reeling in local crowds with its modern Asian tapas menu and a stellar drinks list featuring Ashai and Sapporo on tap. Sprawled over two shop fronts, Mamasan is surprisingly roomy, with space for up to 90 people. There are also secret nooks that have been well conceived for intimate group dining. The moody lighting adds to the comfortable ambience, while quirky design features, such as lucky cats, Astro Boy characters, toy soldiers and Godzilla figurines give the restaurant its charm.

There are only three of us dining, but everything on the menu sounds so appealing that we order enough for five. Despite the fact that the restaurant is busy, the service is friendly and efficient (a surprise for Bondi). Each dish is presented as a tapas-style meal, with enough for four people in each serving. Duck pancakes are underwhelming, but the prawn sesame rolls are deliciously crunchy and the soft shell crab is lightly-battered and tender, with the yuzu aioli and Nepalese spicy tomato ‘Achar' sauce providing additional bite. In a rushed decision, we order the pork sliders off the special menu (one each at $14 a pop), without really knowing what to expect. It was as if a Momfoku-like pork bun met a Rockpool burger and had a baby. It's a messy dish, but memorable. Let's hope it becomes more than just a special. It's at this point we should have stopped (did I mentioned we also demolished one-bite-beef and BBQ chicken wings?) but us greedy Eastern Suburb folk always want more. We converse with the group at the table next to us and they recommend the ‘fish on fire'. The dish involves miso-marinated Salmon that has been cooked between cedar wood papers and then smoked. The final product arrives at the diners' table with the cedar embers still glowing and served with a side of marmalade, which is an unusual but brilliant combination of flavours. Mamasan can cater for groups from 20, up to 90 people. There is live jazz every Sunday arvo (1.30pm-4.30pm).
Sami-Jo Adelman
Cheap & Cheerful
Live Music / Entertainment
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Takeaway
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57-59 Beach Road
Bondi Beach NSW 2022
CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Michelle Xa Rechichi on 31/08/2014
Mamasan in Semiyak Bali is my favourite International restaurant - we usually head to Bali once a year and I can't wait to go back there again. I will always remember the Yin Yang cocktail I had last year (and still on the menu) - it's a Vodka lychee coconut lemon syrup topped with strawberry & passionfruit foam. It was like having two cocktails in one and like any good cocktail I didn't realise how strong it was until after a few!
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