All up, how many years have you lived or operated in bondi?
Lived here for 7 years, operated Mamasan for 18 months. Prior to Mamasan, Gemma had Li Zai restaurantfor 6 years.
Your favourite local place for a tea or coffee?
Your favourite local place for a meal?
We love the food at Mamasan so much we sometimes eat here on our nights off. Tragic I know, but there you go!
Your favourite local place for a drink?
See above. Our bar’s made from 150 year old oak doors from China. It even has iron rings, so sometimes we chain ourselves to it.
Your favourite place to shop in bondi?
The organic supermarket in Gould St.
Your favourite season in bondi?
All of them. We love the quieter winters, we love swimming.
Your favourite local event or festival?
Sculpture by The Sea, at dawn during the weekdays when it’s almost deserted.
Your bondi ‘happy’ place?
Watching whales pass whilst drinking excellent coffee at The Crabbe Hole. They do an amazing mixed berry shake too.
Your favourite local activity?
Sitting on my balcony in the sun, surrounded by all my beer can bonsai cacti, eating breakfast, knowing that most of the day is mine.
Any bondi service you recommend?
Cliff Van Praag from Eastern Moped Components is a wizard with scooters & those cool motorized bicycles.
Your favourite part of the bondi natural environment?
I’ve been photographing the sky & the light over Ben Buckler for about 7 years – it’s incredible.
Any community groups you belong to?
Eastern Suburbs Liquor Accord.
Your favourite local place to meet friends?
Organic Republic Bakery – Murray Begg is the “Lion of the Loaf” and I wish I had his ability to remember names.
Where would you take a first-time visitor to bondi?
The bar at Icebergs to watch the sunset.
What’s your favourite thing about living or operating in bondi?
There’s a lovely sense of community here.
Any bondi secret spots or tips you’d be happy to share?
Try a glass of Tomfoolery Rose at Deli Bottega. It’s bloody great stuff.
What would you like improved in bondi?
Get Waverley Council to adopt a more enlightened outdoor seating policy. They need to understand that people who live in Bondi like to sit outdoors when they eat & drink. It’s pretty simple really.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’d like to add a bit more Vanilla Galliano to my Espresso Martini recipe.