Carbòn, which translates to ‘charcoal’ in Spanish, is really all you need to know about this new Mexican eatery. The Bondi restaurant, from the owners of another Bondi local, Taqiza, focuses on wood-fired dishes, using traditional Latin American “parrilla” techniques to build their menu.
Owners and chefs, Pablo Galindo Vargas and Liber Osorio explain, “At Carbòn, we wanted to rescue the indigenous culinary elements of our backgrounds, going back to our roots to create a menu full of flavours, colours and textures while maintaining the integrity and sustainability of the produce.”
The menu at Carbòn utilises the flavour and smoke of the wood fire, combined with the Latin American barbecue techniques to enrich the flavour each dish. Like a lot of Mexican food, it’s all about sharing with family and friends. Diners are encouraged to create their own taco flavour combo, from Hampshire Suckling Pig, with Achiote Adobo, (a red, spicy marinade) to roasted lamb shoulder with chipotle citrus yoghurt. Other stars include the flavours of the sea, Octopus in a Zarandeado sauce or a whole market fish, in a las brasas sauce (a Peruvian salsa verde of sorts) and avocado salsa.
It ain’t really Mexican without Mezcal, and the bar is stocked, serving up premium cocktails like ‘Bondi Sunset’ with mezcal, elderflower, lime juice and mandarin, or the Oaxacan Pink Lady, with mezcal, brandy, lemon juice, agave syrup ad aquafaba. The bar also boasts some delicious Mexican tequila labels like Fartaleza and Don Fulano converting those who shudder at the thought of tequila, into fully-fledged fans.
Carbòn takes it inspiration from the haciendas synonymous with the Mexican Caribbean. Think Playa del Carmen and Cancun, with its white walls and dark timber tables dressed in fitting in nicely at Bondi with its fun, relaxed, but elegant coastal vibe.
Carbòn Mexican Wood Fire
288 Bondi Road, Bondi Beach
(02) 9365 6092
Tue to Sun 5pm–12am