Flair, flavour and home-style cooking at Zebra Green
Set amongst an unassuming strip of shops, not far from Westfield in Bondi Junction, is Zebra Green. Boasting ‘food, booze, coffee, mates’, Zebra Green finds the unique balance between cafe, restaurant and bar all in one.
It’s the sort of thing that Melbourne does well. A space where you can go for a casual wine at 3pm or order a cappuccino. Housed in a retro eastern suburbs terrace, Zebra Green embraces its shabby chic interior with exposed brick walls, mismatched vinyl tables and cute candle lit corners. Beyond the main dining room, there’s also a back terrace and loft bar. Come spring we imagine this will be a popular hang out.
Zebra Green has the warm hospitality nailed. We felt as though we were at a dinner party, tucking into delicious home-cooked comfort food. The menu was created by owner and chef, Shane Lurie. It reflects Shane’s global travels, having worked in kitchens everywhere from South Africa, France, the UK, Israel and Egypt, before settling in Sydney.
We began our feast with Zebra Green’s signature sticky and smokey BBQ wings – marinated in their house made sauce (which is stocked around Sydney and available to buy). Although we’re not usually a fan of greasy wings, these ones were meaty, juicy and delicious.
The wings came served with a range of pickles and triple cooked chunky fries. There is nothing better then home made fries and these ones were super hot and crispy – perfect with the wings!
Next came a whole range of dishes. Our taste of the menu was designed to show the best of Zebra Green’s fresh, seasonal and rotating choice of dishes. We enjoyed creamed and crumbed fennel, mouth watering lamb shoulder with a herb crust and smokey eggplant and barramundi with vibrantly green crushed peas, tomato and lemon.
If that wasn’t enough, we were also treated to a range of sides including roast kipfler potatoes with capsicum and olives, a classic beetroot salad with pear, feta and walnuts, and green beans with butter and garlic.
To round it all off, we sampled a selection of mini cakes from a box of homemade goodies including sticky date, apple and cinnamon, baked cheesecake and chocolate chip. The cakes are homemade and come with gelato, also made in-house.
From the bar, we started with sangria before moving onto white wine from Italy, red wine from Spain and the usual beer favourites from Young Henry’s. The ever-changing wine list has been curated by sommelier Andreas Puha to feature Australian and international wines.
Zebra Green is the sort of place you could easily walk past and not think twice about but heed our recommendation. It’s a comfortable, unpretentious setting where you feel at home and the food is delicious. We’ll definitely be going back to try the breakfast and lunch menus soon.
Zebra Green Cafe & Bar
82 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction
02 8021 7330
Open: Tue 5pm – late, Wed – Sun 8am – 10pm