Making a big splash in Bondi since 2008, The Rum Diaries has undergone a facelift in recent times – handsome scars left alone – to offer more piratical atmosphere than ever before and a whole new treasure trove of fine food and drinks. Regulars to this Bondi Road hideout won’t be disappointed, with the same deft touch applied to the heavily rum-centric cocktail list, and a food menu that’s indebted to Australia’s globetrotting culinary heritage, poaching Mediterranean, Asian, and trans-Pacific influences. Whether you’re getting on board for just drinks or a longer voyage through modern Australian cuisine, reserve a date with Sydney’s The Rum Diaries and you won’t be disappointed.
The capacious hold of The Rum Diaries’ kitchen down Bondi Road is packed with sharply executed modern Australian dishes that are as eclectic as you like – small snacky starters like the bulghur wheat arancini with carrot hummus for dipping, light and hearty maritime delights ilke the kingfish ceviche with grapefruit mojito gel and crisp white radish that shout land ho! over the ocean to Peruvian cuisine, or winter warmers such as the slow-roasted lamb with tomato tarte tatin, zucchini ribbons and black olive oil to help you ride out a stormy night with a satisified arrgh. Strap on some of Sydney’s best cocktails or simpler liquid fare and you’re set for a culinary adventure.
As the name suggests, The Rum Diaries gets the nod from any sugar-caned fanatic of the Caribbean spirit – Hunter S. Thompson would certainly tip his hat in approval. Classics like the Cuba libre (with a spherical ice cube no less!) dot the drinks list, while signatures like the Hemingway Special is, incredibly, a finely balanced concoction that’ll spin your compass far from magnetic north. The ‘New Diairies’ promises to lay far more of its libatory cards out on deck but you can expect this Bondi bandit to always cleave close to excellence, esotericism, and not a little sense of humour. Book a table or some elbow space, and don’t forget the new ‘Hemmingway’ private room if you’re planning a larger conspiracy at one of Sydney’s most feared and beloved restaurants slash bars.
Best food ever! Every plate was delicious. Totally recommended. We ordered the parihuela and never try something better in my life. Love the pina colada.
An absolutely amazing experience. They served some of the most Delicious food. The drinks were incredible and the most amazing service. Will be coming back as much as possible.
Really nice food and wine. The lamb and truffle mash potatos were to die for. Didn't get to try the cocktails though, reason good enough to go back again! Next time!
I took a table of 8 (which grew) to The Rum Diaries last Friday night and it was truely sensational. Everyone raved about the food - we got a wide range and shared; every dish was spectacular. The cocktails were wonderful and lots of fun (sorry if we got a little rowdy!!!). Service outstanding, we were very well looked after, and the live music completely set the night off. Very happy to highly recommend. Perfect venue for a group or small party. Congratulations guys, see you next time!
Good food, good service and nice ambience... The scallops and pork were excellent, the lamb special not quite as good. All washed down with a couple of interesting cocktails. The Rum Diaries is a great little spot that's picked up where it left off - a welcome re-addition to the dining in Bondi.
It was great. The cocktails were the highlight for me, original and imaginative. The menu is also creative and I wish I had room after my meal to try their tempting desserts.
Excellent food, delicious cocktails, and a great service - desserts need improvement and prices are too high. Love that it's back, it would be great if they recovered the original laid-back quirky spirit of the Rum Diaries.
The service was excellent. Food was a bit expensive for what it was but it was tasty nonetheless. I would suggest going here for a date as the mood is dark and intimate.
Had dinner here on a Saturday night. Great food (especially the pasta and lamb). The cocktails were quite inventive and the service was very nice.
This is a great little restaurant and bar with plenty of vibe and a classic, vintage interior. Service is excellent. The scallops were our favourite.