It's named for a surfboard, not oldies in Zeppelin shorts or an old rockin' chair
Bondi has a new sweetener to head to its golden shores over winter with the opening of Rocker, the new café/restaurant/bar hybrid featuring Stuart Toon in the kitchen, who has spent the last ten years working with Jamie Oliver, so you can bet your longboard there's going to be a lot of comforting mod-European food on offer.
By day they're serving up Single O coffees and brekkie to chilly surfers who have braved a morning dip (winter means no crowds and better wavesfor those with a steamer to protect them). It's simple hand-held stuff like locally made pastries; a proper bacon sandwich on white bread with butter and house-made brown sauce; pomelo and rhubarb Bircher and a bowl with avo, eggs, yoghurt, nuts and seeds becuase we are in Bondi, after all.
If you've stayed until sundown or want a new date night destination, they're serving beef ragu with ox cheek, orange, thyme and parmesan and orecchiette with clams, urchin and sea lettuce on the opening menu. There's also a flat iron steak and John Dory with burnt butter, capers and Meyer lemons.
It's also a venue with a strong cocktail pedigree – they're focussing on the classics on their eight-drink menu so warm up with booze-forward faves like Negronis and Old Fashioneds, followed by wines from smaller Australian producers with a focus on natural wine making. Pop in for a drink and a snck - they're also doing little bites like school prawns with cinnamon myrtle and sea succulents, oysters, parfait and a riff on a Welsh rarebit, which is kind of like deep-fried, crumbed cheese sauce – imagine an extra cheesey croquette.
39-53 Campbell Pde
|Opening hours:||Restaurant Thu-Fri noon-late; Sat, Sun 10am-late. Café Mon-Wed 7am-2pm; Thu-Sun 7am-late|