Co-owner/chef Neil Gottheiner and Chef Maxim Petit cover all the bases with a wide-ranging menu at Brown Sugar, a long-time dining fixture at Australia’s famous swimming and surfing playground. Set a few blocks back from the bustle of the Bondi beachside, Brown Sugar is a charming local bistro with a warm, welcoming vibe and windows that open to the street.
The menu has something for everyone – share plates cater to a quick nibble, and tempting salads come with mix-and-match add-ons like haloumi cheese, eggs and chicken. Lunch options include delicate angel-hair pasta piled high, swimming in crab in a mild chilli–tomato–saffron sauce, speckled with courgette and topped with a crispy pangrattato. Tender grilled slices of blushing pink prime scotch fillet nestle in thick focaccia-style bread, mounded with a mustard- and spice-laced house-made kasundi, mayo, rocket and beetroot slices, accompanied by a colourful and lively cheer squad of pickles.