Seaside Table Love – A Tavola

atavola2You’re all for ‘provenance’ – whether it’s meeting the farmers whose happy hens have laid eggs for your fry up, viewing the kitchen garden, or running your fingers across the cool, smooth marble table you’re seated at; where only hours ago heaving bodies where pushing, stretching and needing dough. If only tables could talk – this one could fill a library with its stories. Welcome to A Tavola!

The Darlinghurst pasta darling is bringing chef Eugenio’s special touch of “abruzzese” cuisine (home to Eugenio’s family, north-east of Rome) to Bondi. Look through the glass-fronted Adina Complex and you’ll find tables adorned with white cloths, walls with chalk boards and racks of drying pasta art-like installations.

You won’t be able to resist diving into their signature Pappardelle, it’s enough to make men go weak at the knees as perfect al dente ribbons do a breast stroke in a red wine sauce with wagyu beef shin. Lighter dishes such as milky stracciatella di burrata dotted with grapes, zucchini flower and pickled shallot, and white polenta with drops of spanner crab and a hit of preserved lemon provide seaside dining highlights.

So break some focaccia with someone you love, or make new friends ‘a Tavlova’ at the table. It’s where the action is and will continue to be for generations to come.

A Tavola
Shop 2, 75-79 Hall Street Bondi

Dinner – Mon to Sat: 5.30pm – late, Lunch – Wednesday to Saturday: 12pm – 3pm. The bar remains open for bar food and drinks right through to dinner service, which starts at 5.30pm Sunday: al 12pm – 9pm 

About the author

Karen’s corporate job back in the UK had included entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (thread count does matter).


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