Stuffed Beaver, Bondi
Beyond the famous Poutine, I haven't really heard much about Canadian cuisine. So when I got to go to the Stuffed Beaver in Bondi I leaped at the chance. Ready for fried pickles and clamato juice?
Beaver dam is a fantastic little diner/bar located on Bondi Road. It was a little quiet when I first arrived - just before the lunch rush - and we were greeted by a small team with wide smiles. As far as I can tell, the staff are actually from Canada, and they are just SO FRIENDLY. I guess that's what they mean by Canadian hospitality.
Clockwise from left: Bloody Caesar, Frickles, Hot Wings
I LOVE myself a good bloody mary, and in the Stuffed Beaver I've found a version called the Bloody Caesar. It's made with clamato juice, which is basically a mixture of clam broth and tomato juice. The flavours are bold and unapologetic, and this is reflected in all of the other food as well.
The hot wings - and I'm a chilli eater so I think I can say this - are HOT. It left my fingers covered and mouth stinging in all its hot wings glory. Thank goodness we had the battered and fried pickles on the side to balance it out. Sure, the wings were slightly difficult to eat because the wing tips were still attached - when you have to remove it when covered in slippery sauce, it can be quite a challenge - but it makes up for it in kick-you-off-your-seat flavour. The dill pickles were much milder, but surprisingly good and slightly moreish.
John Candy Combo
You can't be in a bar without trying a burger, and with it's slice of fried cheese - that's not an egg in the photo - and brioche bun it promised me a juicy gooey flavourful burger. Well, this one delivered on the flavour, but was just a little bit dry. With fried bacon, beef patty, fried cheese and pickles, almost felt like it needed some sort of sauce.
Our sauce prayers were, however, answered with the next dish.
I think poutine is just one of those dishes that takes a classic and put a legendary stamp on it. Potato chips? Delicious. Chips and gravy? Awesome! Chips, gravy and cheese curds?
LEGEND - wait for it - DARY!!!! (NPH is awesome)
I like chips and gravy well enough, but I don't crave it the way I now crave poutine. The poutine here is quite a bit on the salty side, but SO GOOD. I'd rather it a touch salty than a touch blah any day. If this is what poutine is like, then I think I'm booking the next flight to Canada.
Overall, the service was excellent and super friendly, the atmosphere was great, and the food was delish. Apparently a popular pick amongst the hungover crowd, Stuffed Beaver is somewhere I would go if I wanted a casual chilled out night with friends.
Or if I'm just craving poutine and hot wings.
Note: Tammi from Insatiable Munchies and her partner ate as guests of Stuffed Beaver and the Trish Nichol Agency
We ate at:
02 9130 3002
271 Bondi Road
Bondi NSW 2026
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