The Eastern, Bondi Junction

Until recently a mid-shopping lunch fix in Bondi Junction typically entailed ducking into a food court for sushi. But, now you can combine retail therapy with feasting without even leaving Westfield – just head to The Eastern.  Even better The Eastern now gives you a reason to head to Bondi Junction when the shops have long closed – with its choice of multi-level restaurants the re-launched venue has a bit of something for everyone after dark.

The Eastern, Bondi JunctionThe Eastern, owned by hotelier Andrew Lazarus, unveiled a brand new look and offering this week at the official launch party “The Levels of It”. This was no ordinary launch party – I was one of 100s of guests spread across four levels who experienced a little taste of everything that The Eastern now has to offer.  It’s a hub of drinking, dining and entertainment just a moment from the train station and Westfield.

The Levels of It

Fans of GoodTime Burgers and El Topo have no reason to worry about the re-launch. Both of these already thriving restaurants within The Eastern continue to offer high quality Mexican and American food at a real value for money price point.

The Eastern, Bondi Junction, GoodTime Burgers, El Topo, review, bar

GoodTime Burgers on the ground floor has direct access into Westfield.  And, just a short flight of stairs away on level one is GoodTime Diner, a new slick art deco diner, reminiscent of old time New Orleans. Don’t interpret diner as casual. This really is a restaurant worthy of a visit in its own right – even the cocktails are southern inspired.

The Eastern, Bondi Junction, GoodTime Burgers, El Topo, review, bar

Both GoodTime brands impress me not just on their edgy fit-out but also on the quality of ingredients. I mean I don’t eat burgers unless I’m clued up on the meat quality.  At GoodTime they use grass fed rib eye steak, Riverina lamb, Berkshire BBQ pork and free range chicken breast – so I’d happily pay $10 to $16.50 for the occasional burger indulgence.

And at GoodTime Diner prime quality cuts of meat are cooked ‘low and slow’ on an imported American Yoder smoker for up to 18 hours by head chef Matt Fitzgerald. Gourmet salads and sides accompany the meats and the full GoodTime Burgers menu is also available.

The Eastern, Bondi Junction, GoodTime Burgers, El Topo, review, bar

Moving up a level the newly opened El Topo Basement is on the second floor. It’s a Mexican bar with live music and DJ’s from Wednesday to Saturday. There’s even a karaoke room with pole dancing equipment – so you can be sure that the party goes on into the wee hours fuelled by El Topo’s cocktails and tequilas.

The Eastern, Bondi Junction, GoodTime Burgers, El Topo, review, bar

On the third and final level El Topo retains its crown as one of Sydney’s most authentic Mexican restaurants.  Grab a booth, order a cocktail and within minutes you’re in Mexico deliberating your feast across a range of Mexican snacks, tacos, seafood, and quesadillas.

The Eastern, Bondi Junction, GoodTime Burgers, El Topo, review, bar

Owner Mr Lazarus, said of the re-launched venue “I believe we are giving the people of the Eastern Suburbs and CBD a classy yet edgy establishment in which to socialise, with options to suit most culinary, beverage and musical tastes”. I’ll be interested to see if he succeeds in keeping the crowds in Bondi Junction.

By Feast Wisely


  • 500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction, NSW  2022
  • 02 9387 7828
  • GoodTime Burgers – Monday to Saturday 10am to 4am, Sunday 10am to midnight
  • GoodTime Diner – open daily for dinner from 6pm
  • El Topo – drinks from 12pm, lunch 12pm – 3pm, dinner 6pm – 10pm (dinner only Monday)

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