Ravesi's


Ravesi's

Review

Ravesi's has firmly established itself as the place to eat, play and stay. Located at Bondi Beach, Ravesi's offers the best in location, service and style. Their new bar, Drift, is as good as any found in Australia and is already building an international reputation. You haven't experienced Sydney until you have experienced Ravesi's - Greg Tingle, Media Man Australia.


Location

Ravesi's on bondi beach is exactly what the the name suggests- directly opposite stunning bondi beach, offering unbeatable views in a stylish setting. Not only are we steps away from the the sand and surf but only 20 minutes from the city........location, location, location!

ravesi's on bondi beach
118 Campbell Pde
bondi beach 2026
australia

PH: (02) 9365 4422
FAX: (02) 9365 1481

History

A Bondi Icon Is Born

Ravesi's Corner, a Bondi icon, was built by the Ravesi brothers in 1914 after migrating from Italy. Throughout the first half of the century the building consisted of eight flats on the upper floors and a variety of shops on the ground level.

One of the shops operated as a traditional Italian coffee shop and for many years the Ravesi's brothers could be seen in their customary white aprons serving coffee to Bondi regulars or standing out the front watching the passing parade.

As the years went by, age and the harsh beachfront conditions took their toll. The buildings' condition deteriorated and eventually the family decided the upkeep was too much and they decided to sell the building.

In 1986 the current owners purchased the building. At the time the structure was in very poor condition. A complete upgrade followed. The façade was retained due to its heritage value. The interior of the building was completely redone over two years to incorporate a large restaurant (located on the 1st floor), 16 hotel rooms (now 12) and suites, a hotel reception area and 5 shops (on the ground floor).

In 2001 the restaurant was closed and another major refurbishment commenced. This included creating two new bar areas; one where the corner retail outlet existed and the other in the lower ground floor storage area. In May 2002, the refurbishment was completed, the licence granted and the bars opened. They have been an overwhelming success.

Soon after, the refurbishment of the hotel suites began making Ravesi's the only boutique hotel in Bondi. Conceived by designer and artist Dane van Bree the guestrooms have been individually decorated to make each distinct and unique.

Now home to Sydney's hottest new bar, Drift, Ravesi's again sets the benchmark for Bondi. Opening Friday 30 November, 2007; the bar presents an important addition to the premium end of Sydney's hospitality offerings; and provides a new high-end home for Bondi's A-List locals and Sydneysiders, looking for their next luxury experience. The lounge bar also marks the latest commitment by Ravesi's General Manager Troy Graham to the reinvigoration of this stunning and unique heritage location.

Synonymous with Bondi's glamorous coastal lifestyle; Ravesi's excellent Australian cuisine, boutique accommodation and fashionable bars are a familiar and favoured destination for chic locals and luxury loving visitors. Committed to presenting the best of Bondi to local and international guests, Ravesi's continues to set new standards of excellence on Australia's most famous beach. (Credit: Ravesi's).

News

Drift, at Ravesi's, by Kelsey Munro - 29th January 2008
(Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald)

Attention intrepid social anthropologists: this slinky beachside venue is a study in clique culture.

One day a study will be done to determine the connection between beachside bars and the way-above-average incidence of blonde women in white jeans. Or it should be. There are further corollaries to be explored around gold shoes, spray tans and mini-skirts, too. To the intrepid future social anthropologist who signs up for this crucial work, I propose you start at Drift, the slinky new upstairs bar at Campbell Parade mainstay Ravesi's. There you will find a mother lode of case studies.

That, I'm sure, is what most of the late 20s-to-fortysomething men are doing here, in their own uniform of close-fitting T-shirts, shorn heads and expensive jeans. Braving three sets of door people - we have to get a stamp from one - we take a seat on the suede banquette at the rear, since the balcony is full. It's a Sunday night but Drift's DJ is pumping out loud, funky dance music. The place is full of dressed-up people who don't have to be at the office first thing in the morning, judging by their convivial mood. The waitresses are cool - not exactly unfriendly but looking fabulous, dressed like hot secretaries in pencil skirts and pretty vintage-looking blouses.

The room is glam: dark carpet and mirrored walls, a dramatic bar at one end with high shelves of bottles, artfully lit. A large white sculptural chandelier resembling coral hangs above the DJ's booth. Small candles flicker on each small table. The glass-lined balcony must have some furniture on it but I can't tell for the crowd.

Unfortunately, our position inside restricts the perving potential. And that, it seems, is Drift's lifeblood: the meat market. Because going on the Peach Smash Royale, the Dark + Stormy Night in Bondi and the Anejo Highball we try, it certainly isn't the cocktails. All three are virtually devoid of fresh fruit, save a token slice of lime, and have a stultifying, cordial-ish sweetness. They're disappointing, although not shy on booze - as you'd hope at $18 a pop.

The food brightens us up a bit. From the Raw Spoon Bar we try the wagyu carpaccio with wasabi mayonnaise and wakame ($16): all four bites are mouth-watering and we wish there were more. For something more substantial we try a tasty and fresh scallop and sliced potato pizza ($20) with rosemary and bacon. My companion is still hungry so we add the antipasto ($16), which is uninspired: reheated flatbread, a few slices of salami and some cold marinated vegies on a glass plate.

I confess I feel slightly conflicted about unisex toilets. One side of me thinks we should tear down this outdated bastion of segregation, we're all grown-ups etc. My other side thinks, OMG, boys in the toilets? No way! Drift has unisex toilets. And taps that require some sort of instruction manual or perhaps an engineering degree to operate. OK, so I figure out the taps eventually, after waiting for two highly polished girls to finish redoing their eye make-up. Meanwhile, a woman in a white dress and fluffy beret and a guy in a pink shirt head into the same cubicle behind me, taking the whole unisex issue to another level. I'm sure they are just trying to conserve water - perhaps that's something my anthropologist can look into. In short, go for the unparalleled people-watching and perhaps stick to a beer.

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Kashif Amjad (Slimtel) and Greg Tingle (Media Man)

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