Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
There are a few Sydney restaurants that encapsulate the city’s dining scene quite like Icebergs. Opened by acclaimed restaurateur Maurice Terzini in 2002, this modern Italian restaurant and bar at the south end of Bondi Beach attracts both local and international guests for its regional Italian cooking and breath-snatching views of the surf below.
Following a seven-month restoration in 2022, Icebergs reopened twenty years to the day of its first service. Terzini re-engaged Lazzarini Pickering Architetti, the Rome-based architecture firm behind the building’s original design, to once again create an “invisible restaurant” immersed seamlessly within Bondi’s coastal landscape.
The result is a sleek dining room rendered in sea blues and greens that reflect the Pacific Ocean crashing beyond the windows and dramatic terrace. There’s now a 50-seat private dining room with uninterrupted views of the sea, and a seafood counter showcasing the exquisite produce and suppliers the venue works with.
As ever, the menu is inspired by Italian coastal dining and Terzini’s own Italian heritage. For head chef Alex Prichard, it’s also about incorporating flavours Terzini’s own mother would recognise. A pizzelle (a wafer-like Italian biscuit) with N25 Oscietra Caviar and cultured cream is one example. You can also expect lovingly made pastas, daily crudo selections, seafood platters and desserts such as lemon soufflé with salted almond gelato.
Terzini has long been a champion of modern viticulture, and much of the restaurant’s extensive cellar now resides inside a custom walk-in fridge. The current focus is chilled reds, coastal vineyards and Italian varietals.
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