Hotel Ravesis unveils 12 boutique rooms and suites

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Hotel Ravesis, one of Sydney’s most iconic beachside establishments, has completed a venue-wide refurbishment with the unveiling of 12 redesigned boutique rooms and suites. An ode to mid-century chic and the beachside playgrounds of Cuba and Miami, the reimagined accommodation is now open for bookings.

Located at the geographical heart of Australia’s most famous beach, the four-storey space occupies prime position on the corner of Campbell Parade and Hall Street, remaining the only hotel in Bondi to offer sweeping ocean views. A recent renovation saw Hotel Ravesis’ bars, restaurant and upper terrace brought to new life in stunning effect, with vibrant hues of white and flamingo pink highlighting the floor to ceiling arched doors and windows, dating back to 1914.  

On its upper two levels, the heritage listed building houses a collection of rooms and suites including the Beachfront King, a spacious open plan room with uninterrupted views of the water, framed by original art-deco arches; the Hall Suites, which offer side ocean views from historic Juliet balconies and The Loft, complete with a wraparound entertaining terrace affording a private vantage point of Bondi’s iconic shoreline.  

Styling by interior designer Carina Hicks echoes the coastal aesthetic of the beachside destination, imbued with mid-century forms. Pieces from Australian makers, VELA Living and MCM House have been customised in fabrics to reflect the iconic palette. Luxurious king and queen beds draped in crisp, white linen are offset with fabric headboards in 60’s patterns or plush velvet and gold finishes.

The hotel mini bar is packed with premium offerings including a bespoke blend Archie Rose x Hotel Ravesis gin, Koval Whisky, Fever Tree tonics, Tamari almonds, Whittakers chocolate, classic Italian Pastiglie Leone mints and Marvis Toothpaste. In room purchases have been exclusively created for Hotel Ravesis by Killanoodle Design with the Bondi lifestyle in mind. Items include silk eye masks in tropical prints, bat & ball sets, Hotel Ravesis branded tote bags and bespoke hand-drawn playing cards.

Guests will also receive a complimentary illustrated Bondi map, complete with recommendations on where to eat, drink, shop and surf. A 24-hour concierge team is on hand to help with every need, from in-room massages to surfboard storage.

Hotel Ravesis has returned as the true heart of Bondi. Relaxed elegance at its best, Hotel Ravesis 12 rooms and suites begin at $285 per weeknight stay and $315 on weekends.

Hotel Ravesis

Address: 118 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Website: www.hotelravesis.com.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotelRavesis/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hotelravesis/

Iconic Italian restaurant celebrates 35 years in Paddington

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Two-hatted Lucio’s Italian Restaurant Paddington first opened its doors in 1983 and this year celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Both Lucio’s and Paddington are steeped in history. The restaurant has welcomed every Australian prime minister since Gough Whitlam, international movie stars and entertainers and some of Australia’s most celebrated artists through its doors. Founder and inimitable host, Lucio Galletto was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008 for his contributions as a restaurateur, author and supporter of the arts.

Lucio says, ‘The combination of great food, great service and great art on the walls is, in my opinion, one of the best dining experiences you can imagine. I look forward to continue celebrating with our regulars, and welcoming a new generation of diners with our series of unique, and approachable innovations as tribute to our 35 years. Paddington reminds me of the villages I grew up in in Italy, and I can’t think of a finer place to continue calling home’.

The kitchen continues to focus on Northern-Italian cuisine, fresh pasta and classic dishes with a modern touch. Lucio’s iconic art collection, along with the restaurant’s warmth and legendary service have led to it becoming one of Sydney’s hospitality stalwarts.

Lucio’s Italian Restaurant Paddington

Address: 47 Winsor Street, Paddington

Tel: +61 2 9380 5996

Email: info@lucios.com.au

Paper Bird to launch new brunch menu this April

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After a brief hiatus, Paper Bird’s weekend brunch is back, with a contemporary East-Asian inspired menu. Launching on April 7, the Potts Point bar and restaurant will replace the former breakfast offering with a series of new dishes, along with extended opening hours.

Brunch will make a return from 10am – 3pm every Saturday and Sunday, with a broadly Eastern Asian menu encompassing the best bits of Korea, China and Japan. Developed by chefs and co-owners Ben Sears and Eun Hee An, highlights include a Pork katsu sando, Pipis with miso butter and rye toast, XO arancini and Crab wontons with chilli and black vinegar.

Licensed from 10am, co-owner Ned Brooks has created a drinks list designed especially for the early hours, such as the Korean Bloody Mary and Campari Iced Filter. Rounding out the menu is Brooks 85-bin wine list, that favours natural varieties, along with a choice of sake and craft beer. Coffee comes courtesy of local specialists, Single O.  

Paper Bird’s new brunch menu launches April 7 and is offered all weekend from 10am-3pm.

 Address: Paper Bird, 46a Macleay St Potts Point NSW

Phone: 02 9326 9399

Website: paperbirdrestaurant.com

Instagram: @paperbirdpottspoint

A multi-storey beachfront bar is en route to Manly

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The team behind Sails on Lavender Bay will open Manly Greenhouse, a multi-storey beachfront bar and restaurant in April 2018. Greg Anderson and Patricia Nunes will transform the former Shore Club Hotel to new glory – creating a hub for Manly locals and visitors alike. Taking its name and cues from the free-spirited culture and natural beauty of the coastal suburb, Manly Greenhouse will comprise three distinct levels; a casual street level bar offering all-day dining, middle level grill restaurant, and rooftop bar.  

Greg and Patricia have enlisted award-winning studio Luchetti Krelle (ACME, Banksii) to design the space which accommodates 400 across its three levels. Taking inspiration from greenhouse forms, the steel structures and transparent materials used will be offset with abundant greenery. Collaborations with local plant specialists, The Plant Room and illustrator Beci Orphin will continue the vision, with verdant, lush plant life and a specially commissioned series of pressed flowers, representing indigenous flora and natives.

At street level, the venue will offer a casual beachside bar and all-day dining. A glass frontage will connect diners with street and ocean views while the open floorplan offers close access to the bar, coffee counter and pizza oven. The middle level will welcome a brand-new concept for the beachside destination, a refined restaurant where the menu will centre around a charcoal grill. Completing the space will be an impressive rooftop bar with panoramic ocean views. A light-filled oasis where a central bar will be the focal point, situated under a canopy of cascading ferns.

Previously home to the Shore Club Hotel, the venue has a troubled history and Greg and Patricia look forward to creating a new future for the site. Greg said, ‘The space has been vacant for almost four years, a wasted opportunity for our locals and visitors to enjoy those spectacular views – whether over a morning coffee, intimate dinner or rooftop cocktail. We’ve witnessed the Manly Wharf grow in popularity over the years and we believe now is the time to breathe new life and hospitality into one of Sydney’s best beachfronts’.

Manly Greenhouse will open in May 2018. Stay tuned for more details and info as the date draws closer. 

Address:  Manly Greenhouse, 36/38 South Steyne, Manly NSW

Website: www.manlygreenhouse.com.au

Instagram: www.instagram.com/manlygreenhouse

Facebook: www.facebook.com/manlygreenhouse

WOOLLAHRA INSTITUTION BUZO RELAUNCHES AS JERSEY RD. BISTRO

Today, Woollahra institution Buzo relaunches as Jersey Rd. Bistro, with the new name reflecting the transition from Traditional Italian Trattoria to Modern Australian Bistro.

It’s a new name for a new chapter. Head Chef Jason Dean, formerly of Bentley, Est. and London’s two Michelin-starred The Greenhouse, together with Sous Chef Chris Cho, formerly Oscillate Wildly, has gradually evolved the food from its Italian roots to a modern bistro style menu, featuring Australian producers and ingredients and modern cooking techniques. Expect lighter, more relaxed dishes at affordable neighborhood prices.

Jersey Rd. Bistro is open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner from 5pm and on Sundays for brunch from 10am-3pm.