Atlas Kiosk – Bondi

Coffee: 15/20
Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 29/40

Another weekend and another trip to Bondi. I’m clearly trying to make up for my lack of beaching last year with trying to hit the beach every weekend I can, even if I’m a Darlinghurst resident…

After a bit of a wet Sunday morning, Nerd 2 and I having done a wild cliff walk, looked to hit up one of the multitude of cafes on Hall Street. There are a few famous ones on the street: Sensory Lab, Bills (Bondi); Gertrude and Alice; and a whole stack of other hyper popular joints like Bondi Hardware, choice is not the problem.

One of the first cafes on Hall Street (if coming from the beach) is Atlas Kiosk a café with a strong 1950’s diner vibe. The café, when thinking on it could easily fit into any seaside suburb along the Sydney coastline. Although it’s larger than life staff like surfy/musico staff clearly fit the Bondi bill.

Walk in, pushing through the surfies waiting on the footpath for their takeaway coffees and pull up a chair. You, like I, may find the menu a little hard to come by, so go past the counter on the way in and the staff with sort you out.

The menu boasts of Deluca House roast being pushed though the grinder, that the menu names as the ‘beast form the east’. Love a bit of bravado in hyping up a coffee. Also note they highlight where the milk is from or something (I’m not up with my milk knowledge) regardless I thought it was cool.

Order at the counter and go for one of the Mediterranean options. Look, I don’t review the food, but to this totally unknowing nerd it was some good stuff.

When it came to the drink orders I went a latte (hey how could you not want to try Jersey milk?), Nerd2 a chai (the drink with the leaves).

While waiting on the food and drinks Nerd2 and I scoped out the place. It’s clearly a lot of people’s local, the banter between the barista, staff and customers was amusing and friendly. It’s also worth checking out the wall of random post cards/posters and other stuff around the shop (not that you’d miss them).

The coffee came out – it looked good although it was a “no extra shit” kind of place. While I expect the barista knows how to make a leaf out of milk and what not, that’s not just a big thing here. Points do however do get added for the tourist spoon, it really fit in with the whole outfit. Milk ratio wise, as you can see for yourself, my drink sat right, milk was hotter than some places, but not burnt at all, thanks jersey milk?

The coffee smelled and initially tasted of dark chocolate and something a bit nutty likely hazelnut. It was a full-bodied affair for a milky coffee and had the hint of something sweeter to it.

Letting the sucker sit for a while, brought out something far sweeter to it, like mixing caramel and dark chocolate together, the nuttiness I found was getting a little lost in the cooler drink.

Overall, I’ve been to Atlas 3 times in the last 3 years and not been disappointed once. The staff are friendly, food tasty and coffee a very strong option in a highly competitive street. Would recommend.

1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7/10 – spoon wins them love
Experience (taste and smell): 8/10
Coffee total: 15/20

2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): Happy Days
Cool?: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Cafe: 14/20
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 29/40

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