Sydney import Bondi Harvest feels like a longtime community member at a digital campus in Santa Monica that Tastemade Studios anchors. Their photogenic space with surfer flourishes features rustic wood seating indoors and out and a bar that dispenses Vittoria Coffee beverages. The food from Australia natives Guy Turland, Mark Alston, and GM/partner Sabrina Harper is fresh, seasonal, and vivid, and that style doesn’t stop at the plate.
Bondi Harvest also devotes a whole menu section to smoothies. Nobody would confuse smoothies as cutting-edge in 2016, but this group does manage to dial the concept up a notch. I was particularly impressed with Kombucha Kick ($7), a bold, colorful blend of mixed berries, spicy-tart Health Ade ginger kombucha, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Aromatic thyme from Bondi Harvest’s garden serves as a dual garnish with dry chia seeds.