“It’s about how the customer feels when they first walk in,” says General Manager Julian Damjano about the focus of Rosebery’s newcomer, Clubhouse. “We want people to leave happier - and engage in the experience.”

Housed in the headquarters of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA), this unpretentious space is fitted with an open kitchen and outside deck, and harbours neutral tones inspired by Bondi Beach at sunset. Think natural timbers, sandy yellow cushions and sea blue walls adorned with archive-sourced black and white photographs of surfing and beach times gone by.

Cocktails are celebrated at the cheerful bar with fitting titles like Lifesaver and Sugareef. As Damjano explains, “We don’t want to alienate people. We want our bar to be approachable and accessible so that our bartenders can engage with customers and customise our drinks to their preferences.”

The sharing menu reflects Australia’s melting pot, showcasing an international cuisine including bite-sized swordfish tacos with celeriac remoulade, tomato and corn. Chargrilled corn topped with chipotle mayo and fetta appears alongside larger sharing plates like pork belly pizzetta, decorated with generous shavings of apple, fennel, radicchio and buffalo mozzarella. If you like, add a side of truffled polenta chips with aioli and tomato jam.

“We’ll always be trying something different on the menu,” says Damjano. “We want to play to the strengths of our chef Rafael Tonon (formerly of Barrio Chino) and whatever catches his eye at the markets.”

Dessert here focuses on refining the classics like Eton mess with balsamic strawberries and basil and warm chocolate brownie served with salted caramel ice cream and praline.

Damjano points out that there is more in store for the Clubhouse team, “We plan to open the Saloon and Lounge Room downstairs shortly. Our next site will be the original Surf Life Saving Australia’s headquarters, under Bondi Icebergs. We want to bring it back to life again.”

Clubhouse
789 Botany Road, Rosebery
(02) 9669 2828

Hours
Mon - Fri 7am til late
Sat - Sun 8am til late

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