A Tavola translates as ‘to the table’ in Italian, chef Eugenio Maiale’s native tongue. For the past few years, that table has been in Darlinghurst, but now Maiale and his team have moved closer to the ocean and set up a new ‘table’ in Bondi. Heading up the A Tavola Bondi kitchen team is head chef Luke Randall, with front of house covered by sommelier, Ennio Di Marco.
Why Bondi? Maiale believes it’s Sydney’s next hot dining destination. “The opening of the Adina complex upstairs heralds an exciting rejuvenation of Bondi’s dining scene, with Gelato Messina, Harris Farm and Sensory Lab opening up in the building. A Tavola wanted to be part of this.”
The fit out was a collaboration between Maiale and architect Angelo Di Marco of Woodhead Architects. The A Tavola team wanted warm colours with an organic feel, to marry the coastal location with an urban vibe. The bar is a new addition for the Bondi space, which will open during the day for drinks and snacks.
The trademark feature of both A Tavola spaces is a marble communal table with chic overhead lights. Floors are black butt with a slight lime wash, with Momo bamboo used for the carpentry, banquette and cabinetry. The signature A Tavola dish of freshly made pasta is reflected in the table decorations - vases filled with wheat.
The Bondi menu shares similarities with Darlinghurst’s, but reflects the new restaurant’s seaside location. The chefs have focused on fresh seafood dishes, pasta is handmade each day on the communal marble table and only the best seasonal ingredients make the plate. Must try dishes include the stracciatella con fave (strips of creamy mozzarella with broad beans and zucchini flowers, not to be confused with stracciatella soup) and pappardelle con ragu di manzo e rafano (hand made pappardelle with rich wagyu beef shin and red wine finished with finely grated fresh horseradish). To finish, if there is only one dessert to be ordered, it has to be the signature cremino al cioccolato; a layered chocolate, hazelnut, Italian meringue and salted caramel ice cream cup.
A Tavola Bondi
Shop 2 / 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach
(02) 9130 1246
Mon-Sun 5.30pm- late
Lunch Sat-Sun 12pm-3pm