I must start off this post by apologising for the ever changing colours in these photographs. The boy and I were testing out a new camera and its many settings so that’s why some of them are a bit mismatched. Thanks!
What is it with great food and Bondi at the moment? The other week we headed down to Avila, a crêperie-cum-cocktail bar that recently opened it doors on Glenayr Avenue. After one evening, quite a few crêpes and some alcohol, I’m officially in love.
We were met by the owner Alejandro, a devilishly handsome chap (yup, just called him a chap. I’m terribly British.) You can tell straight away that he’s passionate about good food and drink and he’s very proud of what he’s made at Avila. He totally should be.
On Wednesday’s it’s Ladies Night so before I had time to check out the cocktails, I was presented with a glass of bubbly and a very tempting menu. As you can see, I was VERY happy about that.
On Alejandro’s recommendation, we went for the sharing platter of 3 galettes and another of 3 sweet crêpes ($15 per person.) The savoury round was served beautifully on these wood and marble plates. It was pretty hard to pick a favourite as they were all so darn tasty but the free range egg, pancetta and swiss cheese savoury galette ($15 individually) had aioli in it which sent it over the edge of tastiness.
We also tried one with grilled zucchini, eggplant, salsa verde, swiss cheese, halloumi cheese, lemon and toasted peanut ($17 individually and YES, it does have all those amazing ingredients in one crêpe!) and another with chorizo, swiss cheese, tomato and chilli mayo ($14 individually). The flavours in these were really fantastic and the cheese in both was all melted and delicious.
The galettes are all cooked on a griddle by Camille Dubois, a French chef born and bred who’s been making crêpes since he were a lad. All the ingredients are chucked on top of the gluten free, buckwheat flour dough so it’s totally immersed in the galette. It’s a truly delicious result.
After sampling a decent portion of the menu, I decided to get on the cocktails – mainly because their winter menu is fantastic. They’ve got a range of bevvy’s on offer from sweet and fruity numbers to something a bit more dark and stormy. I went for The Marquis, a vermouth based tipple with apple cinnamon on the side. I love how it was served, making the drink more of an occasion so you could totally have it on its own. While we were there, we saw lots of couples and groups of girls come in for drinks so evidently people aren’t just here for the carbs (like me!)
After all that lovely grub, we were ready for round two – the sweet crêpes. As well as going for a classic Nutella ($12 individually), we also tried an apple, cinnamon and salted caramel number and a flambéd mixed berry and Grand Marnier option ($15 each), all with ice-cream. I don’t know what it is about setting something on fire but it certainly makes dessert more exciting!
My chocolate loving boyfriend was all over the Nutella dessert but personally, I loved the apple and cinnamon (maybe because it went so well with my cocktail). The alcohol in the mixed berry crêpe added a pretty intense flavour which was lovely but after champagne and cocktails, I was definitely feeling it!
As well as everything being delicious and beautifully presented, the interior was particularly atmospheric. From the distressed mirrors along the main wall to the old liquor bottles used as candlesticks, every little detail has been though out. I think that’s what’s so charming and enticing about Avila. Nothing’s been overlooked and it feels like equal care and attention has been put into the menu, the interior and the playlist.
My only advice to you would be, book ahead. It’s a perfectly formed but small space and it is very popular. We arrived at 6pm on a Wednesday night and by 7pm they were almost full to the brim. To avoid disappointment, just give them a bell.
We left Avila very full and pretty tipsy (I challenge you not to leave in a similar state!). On the train on the way home we started planning our return so next time we have ‘date night’, I think the venue is sorted!
Any other good places in Bondi I should know about?
Until next time m’lovelies xx
We were guests of Avila but all opinions are my own.