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Sydney-Style Cafe Bondi Harvest Is Going Upscale at New Culver City Location

The new restaurant opened this week with a different team and less casual menu than the Santa Monica location

Bondi Harvest interior in Culver City
Bondi Harvest Culver City
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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Bondi Harvest has a new location coming to Culver City as of this week. The Australian cafe recently took over Hayden with a new approach to its typically healthy and casual style. The new space at the Platform project still emphasizes healthy, but this time the menu hews less casual.

The Westside restaurant maintains a loyal following among health-conscious diners, but the Culver City spot has a different team altogether from the Santa Monica outpost. Owners Mark Alston and Guy Turland opened Bondi Harvest’s Santa Monica doors in 2016, where the daytime menu includes coffee, eggs on toast, breakfast bowls, sandwiches, and green smoothies.

Shared plates and barbecue are the inspiration, along with an entirely Australian beer and wine list. Butterflied barbecued prawns, a 32-ounce Aussie Wagyu tomahawk steak, and half chicken come from the grill, and starters include a poached shrimp sandwich, plant-based mushroom meatballs, and fish crudo.

Hayden closed back in June, which ended a run at Culver City’s Platform. It was a struggle for Hayden to draw a sustainable crowd, even after switching towards a casual menu in the middle of its two-year run. Bondi Harvest will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Bondi Harvest. 8820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA

Hayden Tract

, Baldwin Hills, CA