Icebergs Sydney reopens just in time for summer

In perfect symmetry, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar’s first service has arrived following its seven-month-long restoration. 

20 years to the day that Maurice Terzini and the team first opened Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, after an extensive refurbishment, the iconic bar and restaurant overlooking iconic Bondi Beach has reopened on the 14 December.

The original team of Carl Pickering and Claudio Lazzarini from the Roman-based architects are back in the design seat. And have evolved the Icebergs Dining Room and Bar in keeping with the original ethos of the venue but bringing it forward in time to welcome in 2023.

Classic Italian dishes © Nikki To

Panoramic pacific views

The Pacific Dining Room is an exciting new addition perched above the Pacific Ocean. The 50-seat private dining room encompasses the former terrace space with an expansive and uninterrupted ocean views. With one of the new design additions coming from the lighting by Milan-based iGuzzini, to create a new nighttime light landscape.

Pickering and Terzini spent much time studying the different ways of the ocean’s moods. The lean and sleek space has been reborn in sea greens and blues, reflecting its home perched above the Bondi Beach waters. Custom tiled tables have been introduced, made by one of the oldest tile manufacturers in Italy near Florence, who hand-made the tiles using glazed terracotta.

The grand raw seafood platter and dining rooms © Nikki To

Seafood and seaside dining

Taking cues from classic Italian seaside dining, the menu integrates a vast seafood counter filled with the finest seafood. Its hero dish – Crudo Piatto – is a grand raw seafood platter that’s an elegant expression of the best seafood in Sydney.

In unison, Maurice and the team are launching a book, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar 2002 – 2022. It looks back at the food, drinks, architecture, art, and events of Icebergs of the past two decades. Featuring recipes of past chefs including current Head Chef Alex Prichard. Along with a food focus, the book covers the venues history. Of epic parties, artistic collaborations and playlists inspired by the sounds of Icebergs. 

As Maurice says, “There are restaurants all over the world, but how many of them become institutions? I’m honoured I get to share it with you. Welcome to the restaurant.”

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