You may think that Bondi is already chock-a-block with great places to eat, drink and be merry, but that hasn't stopped smart cookie Cam Northway from opening up a seriously cool new venue in North Bondi.\r\n\r\nRocker is a caf\u00e9 \/ restaurant \/ bar that caters to locals and visitors all day long, starting with coffee and breakfast in the wee hours and staying open late to sling top-qual cocktails and proper dinners.\r\n\r\nWe caught up with Cam to get the low down.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat can guests expect from Rocker that\u2019s different to what Bondi\u2019s already got on offer?\u00a0\r\n\r\nWhat I love about Rocker is that it\u2019s for everyone. No pretence, just a casual neighbourhood spot serving delicious food and drinks \u2013 all day. We\u2019ve got the daily surf report listed up with the specials, so if you're straight off the beach, that's cool. We don't want it to be too fussy.\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ve tried to create a place that you can come with your family, for a date, a long-lunch. It\u2019s the kind of place that you can come to everyday for a coffee and to read the paper or three times a week for dinner. It\u2019s comfortable, its approachable and overall has a really nice vibe.\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s the main focus in the food menu and what can we get excited about eating?\u00a0\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s definitely got European feel to it \u2013 it's modern comfort food that\u2019s coastal, wholesome, tasty and a bit of fun. It\u2019s designed to be shared, approachable and will be constantly evolving.\r\n\r\nThe opening menu has a beef ragu with ox cheek, orange, thyme and parmesan; an orecchiette with clams, urchin and sea lettuce. Smaller plates include the likes of oysters with ginger and cucumber and school prawns with succulents.\r\n\r\nIf you\u2019re coming for breaky make sure you order yourself the Bacon Sandwich. I promise you, it will be the first of many. We\u2019ve also got a pretty special Bircher and selection of pastries on offer.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnd with your strong background in cocktails, how will mixed drinks tie in with Darren & Stuart\u2019s menu?\r\n\r\nWe don\u2019t have an extensive cocktail list (currently 8) but every cocktail on the list is good and has earned its place. The drinks will echo the same sentiment of delicious simplicity and really let the flavours and ingredients shine. Like the food the cocktails will be constantly evolving.\r\n\r\nIt was important to us that the drinks be a core part of the whole guest experience and have approached both our wine and cocktail list with the same energy as the food. We\u2019ve got cocktails that work with the food menus from brunch to dessert.\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ve also included a cocktail into the dessert menu because we know it works just as well as the blue cheese or tart & ice-cream as the perfect end to a meal.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAny must-try cocktails off the menu? How will the venue be approaching classics?\r\n\r\nI might be a little biased, but I think they are all worth a try. Cocktails are pretty personal; your mood, taste or the occasion you\u2019re out for might all influence what you feel like drinking.\r\n\r\nIf you had to try one though, I\u2019d order the house Negroni \u2013 its Regal Rogue Vermouth infused with Rosemary, Tanqueray 10 and Campari, and it\u2019s delicious. It\u2019s simple, recognisable and works whether you\u2019re in for brunch, a night-cap or anything in between.\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ve also got a take on an Old-Fashioned which stays true to the classic yet with a fun Rocker twist in the way that it\u2019s served.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTell us about how your time with well-loved drinks\u00a0agency\u00a0Sweet&Chilli has prepared you for a stand-alone venue.\r\n\r\nThe philosophy amongst the team at Sweet&Chilli is simple. A drink is not just a drink. It\u2019s an experience.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s exactly the same way that I\u2019ve approached Rocker. I didn\u2019t want to just create a venue, I wanted to create a place that people would love to come to spend their time and enjoy great company, food and drink.\r\n\r\nSweet&Chilli is a full-service hospitality, brand and events consultancy that offers a unique range of services to the hotel and food & beverage industries. It\u2019s given me the practical skills needed to launch a new venue on a tight deadline. It\u2019s been great to take all of the things I\u2019ve learned and apply it to my own project.\r\n\r\nThe whole team is pretty grateful to Sweet&Chilli, as well as the team working on the venue - it played a huge role in bringing the Rocker team together. My business partner, Ian Clark works with me at Sweet&Chilli and Darren and I actually met through a World Class event I was running for Diageo back in 2015.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ve got a dedicated somm on the team, what\u2019s the cellar hold in store for us?\u00a0\r\n\r\nWe\u2019re pretty stoked to have award-winning sommelier Chris Morrison (formerly Guillaume) on-board and in charge of the wine list. Chris has captured the sustainable, shared, approachable and constantly evolving narrative behind the menu \u2013 and replicated it with the wine list which features smaller Australian producers and natural wines alongside more conventional drops.\r\n\r\nYou\u2019ll be opening for breakfast, lunch and dinner - how will the menu evolve throughout the day?\r\n\r\nIf there is a unifying feel to the different menus it is their laid-back and simple vibe.\r\n\r\nThe menu evolves pretty organically as the day rolls on, we haven\u2019t tried to be too fancy with it. Just the right kind of food for the right time of day.\r\n\r\nWe\u2019ve also made sure that brunch kicks off early on the weekend because we all know that sometimes you need a cocktail before midday on a Sunday.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat is it about Bondi as a whole that makes it such a veritable hub of drinking, dining and hospitality?\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s the combination of the people, the environment, the food and drinks and of course, the beach. It's all about a lifestyle. Sitting in a caf\u00e9 or bar, looking down the hill out to the water at sunset, full stomach, glass in hand, life feels pretty good.\r\n\r\nRocker is located at 5\/39-53 Campbell Parade, Bondi NSW\r\nCheck out Rocker\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.