Spicy, spicy Bloody Marys and Breaky Bowls at the ready, Bondi brunch staple Porch and Parlour has opened the doors on their next-door expansion.
It's been a long time coming for Porch to get a little roomier; since opening in 2010 the Campbell Parade cafe has has queues out the door for their freshly-squeezed juices, Will & Co. coffee, and trademark Green Breaky Bowls — also, that house rosé. To meet the weekly demand, the team took over the store next door and nabbed themselves an extra 40 seats.
Porch's extensions continue the design of the beloved original interior, sourcing timber from the bones of Sydney's biggest icon. "Our intension was to improve the flow and functionality of the space but hold onto the old Porch feel," says co owner Sarah Hendriks. "We sourced timber from old Sydney Harbour Bridge formwork to craft the furniture and fittings, which not only has historical but sentimental value as our relatives worked on the Bridge construction in 1932."
But an extra room isn't all Porch has added. Owners Hendriks and Sam Smith, alongside head chefs Mark Mansfield and Daniel Brown, have added hospitality heavyweight Alexander Relic to the team, who's managed the likes of Low 302 in Surry Hills and several Keystone Group venues. Looks like those killer Bloody Marys will have some menu company, Relic's carefully crafted a concise back bar and cocktail menu for the space — one we'll be taking full advantage of for boozy spring brunches and after-swim drinks.
Finally, a big one for Bondi residents looking for a new evening nosh spot, Porch's renovations mark the cafe's move toward dinners (starting August 5), a move fellow Bondi resident Harry's also made in recent months.