Sydney, New South Wales

An evening at Bondi Junction just became a whole lot spicier with the arrival of El Topo inside The Eastern Hotel. Wooing shoppers and punters with a taste of the South West, this rooftop terrace is tastefully decorated with colourful tiles, tall tables and wooden trimmings. The food is equally as exciting with authentic ingredients such as guallio chilies, avocado leaf, jicama fruit and cactus featuring on the modern Mexican menu.
The Eastern Hotel
500 Oxford Street
Bondi Junction
Tel: +61 2 8383 5959
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Bondi Junction's El Topo is riding the taco revolution in Sydney, which shows no signs of slowing. This isn't your standard quesadilla joint, however. The unusual location, on the rooftop of The Eastern hotel, amongst the retail high rises of Bondi Junction's Westfield complex, may be a deterrent for some but those put off probably aren't El Topo's target market, anyway. There's an indoor restaurant, which offers a colourful array of booth seating, plus there's an outdoor terrace and bar. Hand-painted Oaxaca tiles make a colourful tabletop and glass sculls, imported from Mexico, are scattered around the space. Surveying the scene from her place near the bar is Mexico's favourite lady, the Virgin Mary.

Like the location, the menu is unexpected. Rather than offering Tex-Mex or California-style fare, El Topo prides itself on serving dishes that are authentically Mexican. For the brave, there's fried crickets and unusual accompaniments like jicama fruit and cactus. The chipotle chile prawns are not for the feint hearted, either; they've got a rich and layered heat, and they're served whole (head, tail and shell). Just like you'd get in Mexico. The tacos are soft-shell, not hard, and the mushroom quesadilla is filled with ingredients like Mexican truffle, salsa verde and queso oaxagueno (a white, semi hard chese from Mexico). It's not overloaded with cheap fillers and it doesn't ooze cheesy oil when you pick it up. The mandate for authenticity comes from head Chef Matthew Fitzgerald. While his resume doesn't list a host of Mexican joints, he has earned his stripes at reputable establishments including Bathers' Pavilion and Bentley Restaurant and Bar in Sydney, and Oxo Tower and Fig Bistro in London.

El Topo is constantly buzzing with a cool Hispanic vibe, but on Thursday nights the volume is amplified; they've got the dinner and the party combination down pat. If only every night was late night shopping.
Anna Lisle
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
Bar / Wine Bar
Cheap & Cheerful
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.
500 Oxford Street,
The Eastern Hotel
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
10 minute train ride from the CBD. On the rooftop of The Eastern hotel, amongst the retail high rises of Bondi Junction's Westfield.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
HAVE YOU DINED AT El Topo at The Eastern?Write your review
Best Restaurants of Australia invites your comments on your dining experience.
You are welcome to share your views with our many readers under our conditions of use*.
(will be displayed on the site)
(will NOT be displayed on the site)
Currently there are no reviews for this restaurant.
Be the first to share your experience.
de Groots Best Restaurants of Australia © de Groots Media 1996 - 2016