Bondi's Blanca Bar is revamping its menu this winter to focus on some hearty favourites with a Japanese flair. Its Ramen X Burgers pop-up will run from May 9 until September 30 and offers up — as you can expect — ramen, burgers and Japanese-style bar snacks.
The menu is inspired by head chefs Tomi Björck and Samuel Cole's recent trip to Japan and the bar's interior has followed suit with a casual fit-out straight from Tokyo — including bespoke paintings and lamps sourced from the region. The dishes and cocktails all use local produce but have been given the Japanese treatment with specialty ingredients and flavours. This starts with the ramen, which is available in pork, chicken and even vegetarian broth options.
Patrons can choose from the chef's selections — like shoya with mushroom broth and pickled egg, spicy seafood with kimchi and bamboo shoots or tonkatsu with silky pork broth and daikon — and then top with a protein, from roasted pork belly and crispy chicken to seafood and portobello mushroom.
On the burger side of the equation, expect buns filled with wagyu, soft shell crab, chicken katsu and portobello mushroom, all of which come with a side of spicy kimchi fries. Apart from these, snacks from Blanca Dining are on offer, too, like beef tartare wrapped in sesame leaf and crispy ox-tail dumplings.
The pop-up is open Wednesday to Sunday from 3pm till late.