One of the biggest openings to hit Bondi as of late is finally here. Darren Robertson, most famous for Three Blue Ducks, as well as partners Cam Northway and Ian Clark have just opened up the long-awaited Rocker on Campbell Parade, gifting the iconic Sydney suburb an intimate neighbourhood eatery that’s split between a coffee and bar area, and a dedicating dining space.
They’ve brought in Head Chef Stuart Toon, a UK butcher who has trained with Jamie Oliver, to help lead the kitchen in creating a “no fuss” all-day dining experience designed towards European inspirations. The result is “modern comfort food that’s coastal”, offering share-style plates of all sizes from beef ragu with ox cheek, orange, thyme and parmesan, and orecchiette with clams, urchin and sea lettuce, right through to smaller plates like oysters with ginger and cucumber, and school prawns with succulents.
“We want people to come to Rocker and feel as welcome after they’ve been at the beach as they would be coming for a nice dinner or special occasion”, said Northway, speaking to the ultra-casual atmosphere Rocker is going for. “It’s about creating a place where people feel comfortable so that they can drop in a few times a week and focus on the important stuff – enjoying good company, beautiful food, wine and cocktails”.
Cocktails will get a good push from the bar space, which is separate to the dining area. On the menu so far is eight different signatures including a house negroni with Regal Rogue Vermouth, rosemary, Tanqueray 10 and Campari, and a unique take on the classic Old-Fashioned. Awarded sommelier Chris Morrison (ex-Guillaume) ensures that these concoctions are in good company with a list of wines that focus on sustainable and approachable varieties.
Address: 39-53 Campbell Pde, North Bondi, NSW
Contact: (02) 8057 8086
Breakfast Bar: 7 days; 7am-early afternoon
Restaurant: Wed-Fri (Lunch) 12pm-3pm; Wed-Sun (Dinner) 5:30pm-late; Sat-Sun (Brunch) from 10am