May 11, 2009

It takes 70 dips in frigid water to become a member of Sydney's Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club. But you can take advantage of the scene without even getting wet. The Icebergs, a Sydney institution since 1929, recently built a five-story Modernist headquarters (price tag: $6 million). The main attraction is the Icebergs Dining Room & Bar (1 Notts Ave.; 61-2/9365-9000; dinner for two $94), where Maurice Terzini—from Otto Ristorante Italiano in Woolloomooloo—serves mod Med (sea salt-encrusted rib eye) to members and non-members alike. Come summer, the sizzling bar, with views of Bondi Beach, is sure to be the hottest place under the sun.

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

If this Bondi Beach restaurant had a motto, it might be “by the sea and of the sea.” Opened in 2002, it's located by the sea, specifically atop the South Bondi cliffs in what used to be a swimming club. “Of the sea” reflects the emphasis on local fare and seafood and the interior design of cool blue and green tones and an abundance of ocean views through picture windows. The menu offers starters like steamed crab served with polenta, lemon, and garlic, while main dishes focus on Italian cuisine, such as squid ink risotto with calamari and chili.

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