In what is arguably, the spiritual home for brunch, Bondi’s Cami Kitchen is an honest offering that has a familial, local feel about it. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Campbell Parade, is the small, light and breezy shop that echoes the seaside themes of Bondi. The walls are painted a crisp white, and sea blue, with local artwork from Tracy Greenstone and wicker light fittings, adding to the Bondi vibe.
Cami Kitchen opened in December of 2016, it’s owner, Eugene Chernyshov, knows every brick he tells. The father of three migrated here from the Ukraine in 2012. He decided that he needed a complete lifestyle change, opting out of the financial sector after 20 years, for a more local life as a small business owner.
“20 years is too long, I lost the joy, I wanted the different culture of the small business where you have to deal with people.” He explains.
The food at Cami Kitchen rides the line between the health-focused menus of many of Bondi’s café’s and the causal easiness that many Sydneysiders come to expect. The end product is a menu that is healthy, but approachable. There are still all you breakfast favourites, and they are all made in house. With house baked granola, bacon and egg rolls and big breakfast.
“Our most popular seller is definitely the Bacon and Egg Roll, with a coffee.” Explains Eugene.
However, it’s a local café, and what the locals want, they get. So there are little flecks of Bond that can be seen on the menu. Dishes like the Healthy Benedict, which is an eggs benny with a kale sauce, or the Green Bowl, with spinach, kale and pepitas. All the dishes on the menu have Eugene’s approval.
“I think you have to be authentic in this business, and stand behind what you offer, everything here that I sell I like personally.”
Cami Kitchen feels relaxed, like a local café should. It’s a little hidden gem; a step away from the tourist focused, steep charging Bondi. It’s a little piece of Bondi that promises to do the simple things, the Cami way.
Open 7 days a week
7am - 3pm