The Hinchcliff House Team Brings a Dose of Luxury to the Newly Revamped Bondi Pavilion with Promenade
This 900-square-metre all-day venue brings next-level eats and takeaway coffee to Bondi from Wednesday, March 8.
March 07, 2023
More than seven years in the making, Bondi Pavilion's massive transformation is finally complete, and the waterfront hub's retail and dining tenants are now swinging open their doors. Glory Days Bondi has already brought a big dose of waterfront brunch to the pavilion. Now House Made Hospitality, the team behind Circular Quay's luxurious multi-level venue Hinchcliff House, has also arrived with Promenade.
Opening on Wednesday, March 8, this all-day cafe, restaurant and bar brings Lana's affection for ethically sourced seafood right to the beach, serving up picked mud crab and snapper curry to a dining room soundtracked by the sound of the waves crashing just outside. But, the menu expands far past just seafood, accommodating takeaway coffee, light snacks, quick drinks and lavish lunches, all within a breezy space that complements the new-look pavilion.
There are several defined areas within Promenade. The kiosk is on hand for on-the-go morning coffee. Inside, there's a 67-person dining room perfect for a long lunch or celebratory dinner. If you want to soak in the sea breeze, you can nab a spot on the al fresco verandah. There's a 140-person walk-in-only terrace that's designed to accommodate quick and casual visits. Or, if you're after something a little more secluded, there are several private dining areas including 12-seat space The Grotto — which offers water views and a semi-private terrace.
"The venue needed to be light and airy to complement the relaxed daytime vibes of the beach, but still cosy enough for an evening experience," says House Made Hospitality Director Scott Brown.
"The other primary focus for us was ensuring Promenade Bondi Beach appealed to locals. We want it to be somewhere locals are proud of, they feel comfortable eating at regularly and want to show off to visiting friends and family."
House Made Hospitality Culinary Director Stephen Seckold has pulled together the menu with the help of incoming Executive Chef Chris Benedet (Cirrus Dining, Yellow, Monopole, Rockpool), who will head up the kitchen from mid-March.
Alongside the aforementioned mud crab and curry, there's toothfish skewers, wagyu rib eye, lamb shoulder, and a collection of pasta dishes such as squid-ink calamarata with pippies and XO jamon. There's plenty on offer for vegetarians too, with Turkish peppers paired with tarragon mayonnaise, potato galette with black garlic, charred zucchini, and roasted cauliflower all making appearances on the menu. Once Benedet arrives, diners can expect him to put his stamp on the offerings, making tweaks or adding some of his culinary favourites.
The menu differs over at the expansive Front Yard, the more laidback 400-square-metre, 140-person outdoor dining area. Here, among the native plants and olive trees, you can order a nostalgic Sunnyboy Spritz made with strawberry, ginger, Aperol and white wine, alongside beachside classics like flatbread topped with garlic king pawns and crumbed fish burgers.
The Apollonia negroni has also made its way over from Hinchcliff House and landed on the drinks list. It sits side by side with a collection of frozen cocktails for those hot summer days, as well as Bondi Brewing Co beers and an expansive wine list featuring a range of drops handpicked by the team as the House Made selections.
Promenade Bondi Beach opens on Wednesday, March 8 at Shop 4, Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach. The kiosk will open 7am–3pm Monday–Sunday, while the rest of the venue will be open 11.30am–11pm Wednesday–Saturday and 11.30am–10pm Sunday.
Images: Jiwon Kim.
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