DIXON REOPENS BUNGALOW 8 AS BEACHSIDE VILLA

In Changing Times by Clyde Mooney

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A year after announcement of the purchase from the in-receivership Keystone Group, new owner Dixon Hospitality Group has relaunched Darling Harbour’s Bungalow 8 as a beachside villa.

Dixon (DHG) bought Bungalow as part of a package of former Keystone venues, including it and Cargo in Darling Harbour, The Winery and Manly Wine, CBD bar The Rook, and Woolloomooloo fine-dining restaurant Kingsley’s.

Yesterday (2 Nov) DHG relaunched the waterside venue with the “relaxed vibe of a beachside villa”, boasting shapes and tiles in shades of pastels, blues and whites that convey airy, seaside vibes.

The two-level venue still holds The Loft upstairs for late-night dancing to name DJs, now adorned in rich plum, greys and timber.

The Loft. Images: Anna Kucera

The new-look menu is by executive chef Justin Wise, with modern Australian beach club classics, seasonal salads and fresh seafood, schnitzels and burgers. Aiding the goal of European-inspired long lunches in the sun, larger dishes like the seafood platter service those wanting to share.

“We’re bringing Bungalow 8 back to life!” says Wise.

“We’ve created a menu and a space where you can easily imagine yourself in Tahiti or Bora Bora. There’s fresh salads with exotic fruits for a light bite, or you can go all-out and order the seafood platter or braised pork hock to share.”

On the drinks list is a range of local and international wines, boutique beers and jugs of summer-inspired cocktails, such as the retro Great Grape Cooler, made with grape Kool-Aid, green apple Smirnoff, shiraz, lemon, berries and lemonade.

The Loft offers a further selection of cocktails, making use of fresh juices and house-made syrups, beside magnums of celebratory bubbles.

Bungalow 8 is now open every day and night, until late.