Bungalow 8, Sydney

Bungalow 8 is in an amazing location right on the water in Darling Harbour, Sydney. It’s also a stylish spot to have a few drinks or cocktails of an afternoon and/or night. Admittedly, you don’t go to Bungalow 8 expecting the meal of your life, I get that. At the same time though, you’d hope to go to Bungalow 8 and have a decent meal while people watching and sipping on a Cosmo. I must say that Mum and I were bitterly disappointed when we did just that. But lets talk about the set up first…

Bungalow 8 is a stylish hangout and perfect for late nights. There is a club upstairs which is always ridiculously popular on a Friday and Saturday night. It’s also a great place to come with a group of friends as they have lounges to laze on and a youthful, trendy vibe. They also have an extensive drinks menu with some pretty impressive cocktails.

Mum and I went to Bungalow 8 just after I had come back from NY. We had scouted venues for her work function during the day and were knackered and hungry by the time 3 o’clock rolled around. We found a nice table outside and made our orders at the bar. I also did something out of the ordinary and didn’t ave a glass of water – instead I had one of the best lemon, lime and bitters I’d had in a long time! For food, I ordered the Thai Beef Salad which is served rare with Pickled Shitake, Wombok and Chilli. I should mention it was a stinking hot day in Sydney so I really felt like something cool and refreshing. I’m a big fan of a Thai beef Salad, however the Bungalow 8 salad didn’t do the popular Thai dish any favours. It was bland, the beef was chewy, and as much as I love my chilli it just felt like it was an afterthought and thrown in there last minute (in thick slices too). Mum went with the Spice potato and shallot tart that was served with mushroom, sweet chilli and vege crisps. The crisps were great (I stole a few!), however Mum was underwhelmed with the tart and it was a bit too spiced for her liking. While it seemed like a dish that had potential, it didn’t really equate to much on the plate, and there was a distinct lack of care with the presentation. The tart was reasonable though at $22, however $20 for my Thai beef salad was overpriced especially for what it was.

Would I recommend Bungalow 8? Yes and no. It’s a great spot in Sydney to have a few drinks and relax with friends and family. Just don’t plan to eat there…

Check out the photos below from the Bungalow 8 website. It truly is in a great spot and the decor is trendy and relaxed.

Lis x

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