PROFILE BY BEST RESTAURANTS
Boasting a 155 year history, the Tea Gardens Hotel has seen its share of patrons. Having been established in 1854 and named for the gardens which were to spectacularly surround it (but never quite made it), the landmark has been an active part of Bondi Junction's history ever since. These days its loyal patrons – and it has quite a few – come up its time-worn staircase and into its bistro, Balcone Bar, for generous servings of good quality Italian and Euopean pub-grub. The food at this popular Bondi Junction joint has been designed to keep the hunger pains away. Balcone also prides itself on its beer, which comes perfectly chilled and poured every time. There is also an array of spirits, wines and cocktails on offer.
Balcone Bar is smartly furnished and has a wooden floor with long tables that make a nice, casual spot for dining and drinkingwith friends. There is also a balcony which offers diners views onto Bronte Road. Also there is a space that is not immediately visible to newcomers, but revered by regulars. The Balcone Bar back deck – an area of chic wooden benches and tables, plants in neatly-pebbled pots and water features – is slightly at odds with the modest decor of the interior, but offers just the right dose of privacy and Bondi Junction positioning as to be highly desired for a cool afternoon respite, a nibble on a canape or a more substantial feast.