PLAYMAKER
The Playmaker
Let's play
PLAYMAKER
  • It's Wednesday
    What day is it?
  • Now
    What time is it?
  • Anywhere in Sydney
    Where are you?
  • What do you feel like?
    What do you feel like?
  • And what else?
    And what else?
  • LET'S PLAY
11° & CLEAR SKY ON WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE IN SYDNEY
FOOD & DRINK

Totti's Is the New Pasta Joint Inside The Royal from Pinbone's Mike Eggert and Merivale

Launching this December, the Bondi eatery will pair woodfired breads with handcrafted pasta and many Italian cocktails.
By Aimee Sics
November 13, 2018
  shares

Totti's Is the New Pasta Joint Inside The Royal from Pinbone's Mike Eggert and Merivale

Launching this December, the Bondi eatery will pair woodfired breads with handcrafted pasta and many Italian cocktails.
By Aimee Sics
November 13, 2018
  shares

The first stage of The Royal, the long-running Bondi pub, has reopened, with punters able to quench their thirst yet again with daiquiris, espresso martinis and many take-home wines from the attached bottle-o. However, it's the pub's eatery we've all been waiting patiently for — and with Merivale steering the ship, we knew it wasn't going to be a half-hearted effort.

And you'll be happy to know that, come early December, chefs Mike Eggert (Mr Liquor's Dirty Italian Disco, Pinbone) and Khan Danis (Rockpool) will be heading up the kitchen of the Totti's, a casual Mediterranean-style eatery serving up pasta aplenty, woodfired breads and classic Italian cocktails.

The food is set to be a more mature version of that served at Dirty Disco — the six-month pop-up at The Tennyson Hotel, and the first collab between Eggert and Merivale — with the menu aimed at convivial sharing.

Cooked-to-order flatbreads will come straight from the woodfired oven to the table, to rip and tear alongside small plates of charcuterie, Italian cheeses and antipasti. Pasta, a focus at Dirty Disco, will also be central to the food offering here, with Eggert telling us to expect dishes like rigatoni with milk-braised pork belly, yabbi linguine and twists on classics, such as lamb bolognese.

A Josper oven (part grill, part oven) will fire most of the proteins, including fish, house-made sausages and schnitzels charred to perfection, and sides including a radicchio and burrata salad and grilled eggplant. And remember that polenta, corn and chervil side that stole our stomachs at Dirty Disco? We can confirm it'll be making a comeback, too.

Another aspect of the eatery similar to Dirty Disco is the drinks. While there's no walk-in fridge — you'll have to head over to The Tennyson's latest pop-up for that — the pub's in-house bottle shop allows the eatery to have an extensive wine list, with house wines, naturals, biodynamics and higher-end varieties, all available by the carafe. Hop fans will be taken care of with a long list of local beers and Mediterranean classics, such as negronis, and peach bellinis, will please the cocktail devotees.

The 185-seater restaurant and courtyard might seem mammoth, but Eggert maintains that it will still feel like your local. "It's a big version of a small trattoria", says Eggert. "We want people to come in and be able to have a great bottle of wine with a steak, and still be in their clothes from the beach." The skylight and big alfresco area will take inspiration from a taverna on the Mediterranean sea, with huge olive trees taking centre stage to really set the scene.

With further menu details still to be announced, the talent behind it all has thus far convinced us that come summertime, it's going to be our new favourite Bondi hangout.

Totti's is slated to launch inside The Royal, 283 Bondi Road, Bondi, this December.

Published on November 13, 2018 by Aimee Sics

  •   shares
      shares
  • VIEW COMMENTS
Tap and select Add to Home Screen to access Concrete Playground easily next time. x