Campbell Parade favourite, Porch and Parlour, has reopened its newly renovated doors over looking iconic Bondi Beach.
Since it’s original opening in 2010, Porch has become a local staple with queues always reaching out the door. To meet the high demand, Porch has recently taken over its neighbouring space and gained an extra 40 seats. Devoted locals and tourists can now watch the ocean with a cup of Will & Co coffee during the day, or a glass of wine during the evening.
Porch and Parlour has aimed to provide a space that is approachable but considered in its design. “The venue and raw materials are an extension of our personalities. Our intension was to improve the flow and functionality of the space but hold onto the old Porch feel. We sourced timber from old Sydney Harbour Bridge formwork to craft the furniture and fittings, which not only has historical but sentimental value as our relatives worked on the Bridge construction in 1932,” says co owner Sarah Hendriks.
Owners Sarah Hendriks and Sam Smith have included Alexander Relic as a new partner to the team. Alex has a strong hospitality background and worked in a range of establishments ranging from late night drinking holes and live music venues to fine dining. Alex has lead bar teams at several Keystone Group venues and managed Low 302 in Surry Hills, and now eager to catapult Porch and Parlour into popular sundowner trade and dinners.
Since renovations, Porch moves from day to night with the addition of concrete bar height table, dimly lit hanging lights, and a concise back bar for Alex Relic’s carefully curated cocktails. “Our vision is to draw on our surroundings and ethos when it comes to hospitality and essentially provide a relaxed, warm and textured atmosphere. We’ve paid attention to all the finer details within the venue from the food, to the drinks and venue fit out to give our customers a complete experience we believe in and want to share,” says Alex who is proud of the hand made craftsmanship by the team.
Evenings also open Porch and Parlour up as a sought after venue space. The two separate rooms can be cornered off for functions without disrupting usual service. “Versatility is key when operating a larger space and regular service in sync, so our new dinner menu is sharing oriented fit for any occasion,’’ says Alex.
From a nourishing morning pick me up; to cozy evenings over share plates, this coastal sanctuary uses a wholesome combination of mindfully sourced produce prepared creatively with the local health conscious community best intentions at heart. The food offerings comprise fresh, seasonal produce crafted by executive chef and owner Sam Smith alongside head chefs Mark Mansfield and Daniel Brown.
The Green Breaky Bowl was the first of it’s kind in Sydney. “I was overwhelmed with the hundreds of comments on Instagram about people’s craving for our signature Breaky Bowl during renovations, and flattered by their versions created at home,” says Sam Smith who designed the healthy dish in 2012. “Our first week of dinners has crowned the most popular meals; chilli and salt crusted Beef Carpaccio with baby herbs and lemon dressing or sesame seared Yellow Fin Tuna, dijon and cucumber pickle.”
“We hope to be a proven destination spot for not only Bondi locals but greater Sydney and beyond. More seats means more time enjoying the Porch and Parlour experience that includes the famous view,” says Sarah Hendriks.
For more information stay up to date on the popular Porch and Parlour Instagram account @porchandparlour or visit www.porchandparlour.com or visit 110 Ramsgate Avenue, Bondi Beach, Sydney NSW.