Chef Guy Turland formerly of Est. Sydney, co-created the food and lifestyle brand Bondi Harvest, comprising an award-winning blog, You Tube cooking show and cook books. Bondi Harvest Cafe in Santa Monica opened in 2016. See bondiharvest.cafe
Santa Monica has three farmers' markets each week and the Wednesday Downtown Farmers' Market is, in my opinion, among the best in the world. Every vendor here is overflowing with fresh, in-season and flavour-filled farm produce. Take a tote bag and get ready to fill it right to the top. I usually start with a punnet (or a couple) of fresh berries to snack on and then take my time to explore and taste all the gorgeous produce on offer. I find a lot of our inspiration for the cafe menu here at the market.
Our cafe is the perfect combination of Aussie and LA vibes that hero seasonal, fresh and healthy ingredients (if we do say so ourselves) with delicious coffee (of course). Our Summer Squash Pancakes with Sweet Avocado Mousse are like no other pancakes you've tasted. A gluten-free base, folded through a summer squash puree and topped with honey sweetened avocado puree. They tick all the boxes: healthy, delicious and filling.
Milo & Olive's garlic knot or burrata prosciutto di parma – if you are a garlic lover like myself, then this is a must when you come to Santa Monica. Tender roasted garlic cloves all bundled up in some of the best pizza dough I've ever had, fire roasted in the pizza oven until golden. It's not the most fancy dish in Santa Monica but it's definitely one of the most flavour-filled.
If you're a burger and beer lover then Father's Office is an absolute must. It's been named as the "OG" – or original – of gourmet burgers in LA and has been a burger institution since 1953. The Father's Office burger is a flavour bomb with dry aged juicy beef, melted gruyere, and sticky onion chutney on an oval bun. All served up with casual dive bar vibes and the best rotating craft beer list in town. You can't go wrong.
If you're looking to let your hair down for a fun yet stylish night, then The Chestnut Club is the place to visit. The vibe is super cool with rustic wooden beams, exposed bricks and old school ship-inspired lighting. The Chestnut Club Old Fashioned is made simple and right: with 10-year-old bourbon, sugar, bitters and orange zest.