The Riverview Hotel
This sensitively renovated gastro-pub dining room is very Balmain. “I’m putting up a registry for my thirtieth,” cuts through from a neighbouring table to illustrate my point. Luckily most conversation is reduced to an indistinct murmur by the room’s angles, so I lose myself in the picturesque Balmain roof-line and purple hued sky.
The Big Scoop
Last Saturday I joined a smaller-than-expected queue outside Australia’s first Ben & Jerry’s for their ‘12-Hour Scoop-A-Thon’. Surrounded by fake cows and eager families, I felt conflicted; we had to decide on a flavour before entering the store. I chose Phish Food on the advice of experienced consumer: “You’ve got to be careful; the ones that sound really good are too rich.”
This restaurant is a floor above and a cut above the standard Bondi Beach fare. The new Brutalist bare concrete bar with orderly rows of bottles and low lighting makes the recently launched wine bar a stylish and enticing place to peruse the chalkboard tapas menu.