Getting stuck into the drinks list means starting with creations from the 1500s to classics and adventuring with rum every which way. Chandeliers, a moodily lit wood-paneled room with tables and chairs cosily jammed together make you feel welcomed into an intimate gathering. Musicians strum guitars and sing, filling the room with cool tunes and adding to the party atmosphere. Choose nibbles with friends and like the hip Bondi locals, share bulgur wheat Arancini balls with carrot hummus and tempura zucchini flowers, stuffed with pine nuts and haloumi, all served up on slates for plates. Doing dinner for two? Then go all out and try the five-course degustation menu wine and cocktail-matched to perfection. Highlights of this culinary journey start with seared scallops with zesty yuzu lemon puree, edamame beans and a refreshing nashi pear salad, and include "main" dishes like delicate rum-smoked barramundi with a genius vanilla and onion puree and roast chicken breast with sweet corn, asparagus and a popcorn praline. The sultry finish to the meal matches the Old Cane cocktail with a delicious chocolatey dessert, the chef's chocolate marquise with rum and allspice Chantilly with bitter orange sherbet, which fizzes on your tongue. Delicious, and, the best place to be after-dark in Bondi.
Rum Diaries, 288 Bondi Road, Bondi NSW 2026 (02) 9300 0440