Sandy feet are welcome in all areas, from the coastal-chic dining room to the beachside terrace bar and kiosk.
Bondi Beach has become even more of a destination for dining with the opening of Promenade Bondi Beach in the new $48 million reimagined Bondi Pavilion.
Three years in the making, Promenade Bondi Beach is the seventh venue to be launched by House Made Hospitality in the past three years.
The sleek new 900 square metre space has been carved up into a beach-chic main dining room, which seats 67, a semi-private space, The Dunes, which seats 20, and The Grotto, an intimate space seating 12.
There’s also a spiffy 140-seater beachside terrace bar dubbed The Front Yard and a kiosk serving takeaway coffee and snacks where you might expect the cast from Bondi Rescue to make the occasional cameo.
Promenade Bondi Beach is housed in the landmark Spanish-inspired heritage-listed Bondi Pavilion, which has been a cornerstone in the seaside suburb since the establishment of municipal surf sheds on the site in November 18, 1911.
House Made Hospitality director Scott Brown says the challenge surrounding the space was to create a venue that felt sophisticated and intimate enough for a date night or celebratory occasion yet would also appeal to those who have just brushed the sand off their feet after a morning at the beach.
“I have been lucky enough to work in a lot of countries and cities around the world and one of the things I missed the most was that typical day at the beach in Sydney. I used to live in Bondi and the Bondi Pavilion is so iconic,” he says.
“The reason we wanted to be part of this precinct is two-fold. For starters, Bondi has to be one of the best beaches in the world. But from a lifestyle point of view, we wanted to create a hub for the community where you can go any time of day to enjoy amazing local food and beverages with great service.”
House Made Hospitality culinary director Stephen Seckold has curated the menu with input from newly appointed executive chef Chris Benedet (Cirrus Dining, Yellow, Monopole, Rockpool) who will join the team mid-March.
Seckold says he has designed dishes that are appropriate for a venue that is just steps away from the sand and sea.
Think small bites to tide you over until dinner, fresh grilled seafood to refuel after a morning surf and coastal flavours that veer around the globe, such as sambals from Indonesia and spices from Sri Lanka.
Expect elegant interiors at Promenade Bondi Beach, which has been conceptualised by House Made Hospitality in collaboration with The Stella Collective (Hazel, Blacksmith).
The palette in the airy dining room takes its cues from the clifftops along the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee while a 64-metre-long wavy banquette also provides a sense of place. Stroll through the historic arches and you will find yourself on the sun-splashed terrace with its vibrant red and white umbrellas that give off a Ligurian fishing village vibe.
House Made Hospitality’s stable of venues include Hinchcliff House, which comprises cocktail bar Apollonia and restaurants Grana and Lana, CBD laneway snack and drink destination, Bar Mammoni, sandwich and donut bunker, This Way Canteen, and tropi-cool bar Rancho Seltzo in Bondi.
Promenade Bondi Beach
Bondi Pavilion, Shop/4 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach
Wed – Sat 11.30am-11pm, Sun 11.30am-11pm, Mon – Tues closed
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