Eric, what inspired you to open your café, Clementine’s, in Pyrmont?
Two reasons: the first is because it’s outside of the lockout law area; the second is, when I first came to view the shop location I liked the view of Harris Street towards the water. I thought I’d enjoy seeing that every day. It’s held up – I still like it.
Where do you like to eat and drink in the area?
The Quarrymans. The taps rotate a lot, there’s quite a lot to choose from, it’s never packed – like elbows to elbows in the CBD. It’s my favourite place to come after work, because I usually like to have a beer afterwards. Otherwise, Gallon, which is a wine bar down on Harris [Street], Momofuku is a good place for a nice glass, there’s also the bar at Black.
And when you’re hungry?
Banh Mi Co next to Bar Zini for a good cheap [eat], Bar Zini for easy-going Italian, Kura for cheap sushi. There’s a pizza shop in the Star, Pizzaperta, that’s a good time as well. There’s actually another good café up the road called Two Sis.
Any businesses you’d recommend?
I actually have a chiropractor around here, who is really good – Dr Israel Lewis [at the Pyrmont Chiropractic Centre]. I think the Pyrmont IGA is the best in the city [laughs]. The range of goods is excellent. I shop there for everything.
What’s a Pyrmont hidden gem?
The whole waterfront area is beautiful, it’s one of the reasons why I decided to be in the area. It’s nice to have a meander around, especially for younger families. There’s also the Zebra Bar down there, there’s LuMi. Up around the Fish Markets there’s beautiful land, like Blackwattle Bay, which is a really nice walk to go up towards the Tramsheds. I never knew how beautiful the foreshore was around here. It quickly became my favourite landscape around Sydney; even more so than Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, I love the Anzac Bridge a lot more now.
What’s next for Clementine’s?
We’ve applied for the liquor licence. Long-term, I’m looking forward to making use of my experience in the wine industry. My idea is to do a charcuterie, salumi, wine and cheese thing as an additional offering [at night]. I’d like to develop something slightly more European, which I think fits with the ethos and the style of the community here.