Like any self-respecting business with a 50-meter proximity to Bondi Beach, Atlas Kiosk makes ample use of sunlight, bright colours and cheerful ambience to set the scene. And it’s a scene made all the more attractive by its 1950s milk bar design, exceptional espresso and culturally diverse menu.
True to its worldly title, Atlas’s cuisine covers a wide berth of influences, from Middle Eastern and North African to French and southern Spanish. There’s a strong focus on pastizzis here, sourced from The Original Maltese Cafe in Surry Hills, as well as Turkish gozleme, Lebanese manoush and Israeli shaksuka. Though percolated coffee would be seem more appropriate aesthetically, the espresso here comes courtesy of Mecca and is a strong contender for Bondi’s best espresso.
Thongs and delicious espresso aside, Atlas Kiosk feels a little like a scene from Happy Days, merging diner-style ambience with aspects of Bondi’s famous beach culture to achieve a very atmospheric hangout. Okay, so it isn’t exactly 1950s themed – and admittedly, the presence of a vintage jukebox may be leading our imaginations astray – but between the frothy milkshakes, ice cream sundaes and nostalgic curios plastered over every wall, a suntanned Fonzarelli certainly wouldn’t seem out of place.