The Point Group, behind Shell House and The Dolphin Hotel, will launch a brand new dining room and bar in Bondi Beach on Thursday 14 April, opening Topikós Dining Room & Bar – the embodiment of modern Greek dining. Opening just in time for the Easter long weekend, Topikós (‘local’ in Greek), features a modern 80-seat dining room, a spacious 100-seat bar, and an outdoor terrace on the promenade, for an additional 60 seats.
The all-star team from Shell House will lend their talents to the new iteration of the corner of Campbell Parade and Curlewis St, including restaurateur Brett Robinson and interior stylist Anna Hewett who will lead The Point Group’s collaboration with Joel Bickford (Culinary Director), Danny Corbett (Group Exec Chef) and Alex Kirkwood (F&B Director) to deliver a brand new dining destination for Bondi. New talent to join includes General Manager Danny Webster-Clamp (Royal Hotel/Totti’s), Head Chef Charles Woodward (ex Pilu, Bathers’ Pavilion, Cottage Point Inn) and Restaurant Manager Nick Ingall (Apollo, Greca), creating a team to showcase a new social centre of gravity in Bondi Beach.
The Dining Room within Topikós is where the team will really flex their culinary and wine muscle, packing a menu that perfectly balances the best of contemporary Greek cuisine with Australian influence, produce and honest simplicity. The offering draws inspiration from the many islands of Greece, and colour and vitality of the Mediterranean. Bursting at the seams with talent, the team is crafting a menu that cuts the line between taverna and modern dining. The menu will feature a substantial list of meze, encouraging sharing and group dining, a real vegetable section, a charcoal grill and woodfire oven for everything from deliciously fresh seafood and the very best homemade pita this side of the Aegean.
“We’re staying true to Greek cuisine, calling on traditional recipes, cooking techniques and flavours, combined with incredible Aussie produce we’re presenting our contemporary take on classic Greek dining. At the heart of the menu are the essentials; an olive oil program and house made pita, a simple base to build out our menu from”, says Joel.
Bar Topikós will be classic Greek in its approach, sharing the dining room meze all day, as well as a selection of souvlaki, and the team’s contemporary take on traditional Greek style platters and gyros, featuring seafood and meat. Alongside the classics, other dishes will include Saganaki Split King Prawns on the grill with lemon, garlic and olive oil; and wood fired octopus with fried white bait, feta and sweet pepper filo pie.
“We want to create the very best quality wine and cocktail bar whilst embracing the bohemian spirit of Bondi”, says Robinson. “Restaurant quality sips and snacks from midday to midnight. The perfect social meeting point, a pre/post lunch or dinner drink and reliable place for friends to relax or celebrate no matter what time of day or night. It’s something we know Bondi locals really want.”
The wine program has been skilfully prepared by The Point’s F&B director and acclaimed sommelier Alex Kirkwood.There is a short, sharp list of progressive wines that you can expect to cycle regularly. The drinks and cocktail program is authored by Josh Reynolds (Dolphin Hotel, Shell House, Scout) and will have all the hallmarks of what makes The Dolphin cocktails legendary due to their fun, approachable and unique modern tastes. Josh’s drinks like the Aegean Spritz, the Hydra Spritz, The Sunshine Sour, The Baklava Old Fashioned and Topikos Iced Coffee, are all sure to make your time at Topikos memorable.
“Our team is thrilled to be opening an all new Dining Room and Bar that will mean something important to the locals of Bondi. The name Topikós means local, and as locals we know that Bondi has changed. We are responding to that change. There are less tourists and more locals in Bondi than ever before. They want quality dining and bar experiences close to home and footsteps from the beach. Our friends and families have spent many years in the islands of Greece and we can’t wait to open our little slice of the Mediterranean way of life in Bondi,” adds Brett.
Topikós Dining Room & Bar will open its doors Thursday 14th April, 2022.
Topikós Dining Room
Dinner 5-10pm Monday to Friday
All Day Dining Midday-10pm (Kitchen open all day)
What: The Shell House team head East to open Topikós Dining Room & Bar – fresh, modern Greek breathes new life into dining out on on Bondi Beach – bookings now open
Who: Topikós Dining Room & Bar – Brett Robinson, Anna Hewett, Joel Bickford, Danny Corbett, Charles Woodward (Pilu, Bathers’ Pavilion, Cottage Point Inn), Alex Kirkwood, Danny Webster-Clamp (Totti’s), Nick Ingall (Greca & Apollo)
When: Topikós opens Thursday 14th April 2022
Where: 180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
How: Bookings now open www.topikos.com.au