Stafili Wine And Mezze
Sea, sun and Stafili
It takes a lot for a Bondi local to stride right past the best value pizza and gelato at Pompei’s and take the risk on a brand new opening.
But spend a few minutes sitting down at this new cluster of tables on Roscoe Street and you’ll witness the passing foot traffic double take at this shiny new wine bar and eatery.
With its fancy glass facade and expansive bar Stafili Wine and Mezze is set to compete with Bondi institutions Pompei’s and Hurricanes.
Just one week ago Stafili was under wraps, only to reveal last Friday a small but perfectly formed open plan space, with kitchen to one side and bar to another, while tables high and low nestle underneath.
It’s still in its early days, which can be sensed in the slightly self-conscious service from floor staff and anxiously loitering owner James, enthusiastically close at hand to ensure his first solo venture is meeting all expectations.
For a wine bar a few more wines by the glass would be welcome, but a large selection by the bottle of Argentine, French and Australian wines will satisfy intrepid oenophiles.
We enjoyed a correctly balanced and presented antipasto plate ($22) bearing flat breads, houmous, dolmades, tzatziki, roasted peppers and other decidedly Greek fare.
The fried calamari ($12) were nicely crunchy but under seasoned and let down by a heavy bed of sweet potato puree. The lemonades ($7.50), lemon-dressed hand-cut potatoes, would have been a far more successful pairing.
Agenda recommends you experience Stafili so you remember what it was like when so young and new. Because while it has yet to find its feet, it’s already good – and that says that in the coming summer months this new venture will develop into a tip-top spot for a post-beach tipple.
Where: Stafili Wine And Mezze is located at 1/152-154 Campbell Parade Bondi