November 11th, 2009

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Ravesi's *UPDATED*

This restaurant is a floor above and a cut above the standard Bondi Beach fare. The new Brutalist bare concrete bar with orderly rows of bottles and low lighting makes the recently launched wine bar a stylish and enticing place to peruse the chalkboard tapas menu.

Be seduced by the cool baby blues and resort-style lounges on the spacious sheltered balcony. Ponder the panoramic view with a glass of Fantinel Extra Dry Proscecco ($9) in your hand.

It is well matched with Seared Tuna Spoons with Tomato Salsa and Salmon Caviar ($12/4 pieces).

Move into the restaurant for Grilled Sea Scallops with Roasted Peppers, Tomato and Goats’ Cheese ($18), an unusual but accessible pairing with colourful presentation – it’s the kind of dish you want to be eating by the sea.

The mains I tried still had lipstick traces of winter’s cool kiss upon them. The 10 Spice Roast Duck with Apple Salad, Chestnuts and Celeriac Puree ($32) was tasty and nicely matched to an inexpensive import – the 2007 Louise Bernard Cotes du Rhone ($8/glass, $35/bottle).

Even more to my taste was the Double Lamb Loin Cutlets with Horseradish Crust, Golden Shallots and Beetroot ($36).

But the winning dish for this pleasant evening came in the form of a summery White Chocolate and Coconut Panna Cotta ($15) with glazed strawberries and a bright passion fruit sorbet.

I have dined a number of times at this restaurant, and while it may fall short of amazing, it never fails to do a decent job. It is not an inexpensive restaurant, but the view's so good it might just be worth paying for.

You can see my previous visits HERE (February 2009) and HERE (June 2008).

118 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Ph: (02) 9365 4422

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