Public Espresso sits in the Bronte Rd exit of Westfield Bondi Junction, and it could just as easily fit in on a trendy sidewalk or lane way in Melbourne or some other hip urban setting. The concept is in fact inspired by similar Brooklyn establishments in New York, according to reviews, and in contrast to Chocolat - of which was in the same spot previously; Public is decidedly unlike your typical shopping mall café or lunch spot. With a menu that is comprised of market fresh produce, and specialty items across breakfast, lunch and early supper or dinner times; you’re sure to find something to please. Whether you’re a juice, muffin (there are gluten free options), coffee or a catch up over brunch type of foodie...or even a pre-movie glass of wine with friends; Public is the place to go if you’re in or around Bondi Junction.
The special breakfast juice was enough to make this reviewers mouth water, and to find a place in a shopping centre that does proper green juice, and freshly prepared food was really refreshing; especially when it wasn’t lunchtime yet. Public seems to be a little bit hipster in its layout, yet nothing is in your face or over the top about the approach to whole foods and clean eating that seems to be apparent in the menu. It’s clearly all about the flavour and freshness, and sleek industrial urban designs apparent in the exposed brick, stylish stainless steel and glass look. Furthermore, the communal table that was actually kept from when the place was Chocolat, is just a little bit refurbished now.
The coffee served here is Di Gabriel, and the cider and wines available are carefully chosen for quality and uniqueness. For those who love the classics, they’re all available; from a breakfast plate or burger to corn fritters or a great fresh salad to name. The service was efficient and friendly when I was there. The portion sizes are quite large too, so at around $15-$17 for a breakfast place, it’s decent value for what you get, and you won’t be hungry within a couple of hours...that’s for sure!
All in all, it’s great to see a new contender for best café in Bondi Junction, and an antidote to all those chocolate shops and sandwich makers. Here’s hoping the other eating places in the shopping centre begin to sit up and take some notice.
Where: Bronte Road Exit, Bondi Junction Westfield - 500 Oxford Street Bondi Junction NSW.
Why: Everything - great food, good value, and a great atmosphere.
Cost: $10-$35 per head.
When: Sun 10am-6pm, Mon-Wed 9:30am-6pm, Thurs 9:30am-9pm, Fri 9:30am-7pm and Sat 9:30am-6pm.