Stroll in off the beach in casual clothes to this recently revamped space. Adam Gerondis has transformed this former fine diner (read my old review HERE) into a warm, everyday bistro with dining specials and weekend brunches from 9am-3pm.
You do pay the usual Bondi view premium, but it’s a sterling view here, so dine early to enjoy what you’re paying for. Voyeurism is aided by a bottle of wine like the racy 2007 Salitage Unwooded Chardonnay ($46) from Pemberton.
(Seriously folks, I cannot rave about Pemberton as a wine region enough - tonight I tried an Ad Hoc Chardonnay ($22) from my local favourite bottle shop, Annandale Cellars and it was superb. This region is really my favourite Australian wine region at the moment, I haven't drunk a wine yet from there that I haven't liked.)
Chef Craig Schofield eschews foams and follies in favour of simple, consistent, well-cooked fare, appropriate to beach-side dining. Start with nice locally produced Organic Republic Sourdough ($3) with olive oil – it also goes well with his super-approachable and compelling Chicken Liver Pate ($15). I loved this dish - pate has been a firm favourite for at least a year now, and if I was ever going to introduce someone to one, THIS is the one I would get them to try - think roast chicken flavours plus a slightly lemony edge.
While the Seared Scallops with Chorizo ($17) are popular for good reason...
...I was most impressed with the Pork Belly ($33). Beautifully cooked (as one piece) the pork was largely left to stand for itself in terms of flavour. I was also impressed with how consistent these all looked coming out of the kitchen.
Served on the side was a great house-made red cabbage cooked in apple cider vinegar which cut against the fattiness of the pork beautifully.
The goose fat Confit Potatoes ($9) are also worth a look-in.
Lamb Fillet ($28) is nicely cooked on a bed of flavoursome tomatoes; but do leave room for dessert. I apologise for the poor quality of my dessert photos... for some reason my camera chose not to focus, and all the coaxing in the world didn't help. Then the smell of this simple yet stellar Macadamia Fondant ($14) with a heavenly soft white chocolate centre got the better of me, and I ate it.
My dining companion loved the Expresso Creme Brulee ($14) and I'd agree, it certainly commands your attention with an intensity to the coffee that defies you needing a latte to accompany it!
All up, a very competent meal, and one I would happily return to if I found myself beachside and hungry.
70A Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Ph: (02) 9300 8898