Happy First Birthday to the Coogee Pavilion
Few restaurants in Sydney offer an experience quite like Merivale’s newest beachside venue, the Coogee Pavilion.
The Coogee Pavilion celebrated its first birthday recently in a flourish of the eastern Sydney suburbs’ best foot forward. The beachside setting plays host to, and has quickly become renowned for the perfect combination of restaurant, bar and art gallery, fused together to create this truly unique dining experience, and boy, can they throw a party.No expense was spared in the celebration of Coogee Pavilion’s opening one year ago. The celebration’s theme was certain to excite children of all ages, being decorated as any kid’s dream birthday party. A wall of donuts was the main attraction, not to mention dress-ups, clowns, jugglers and pizza, being pumped out of the elaborate wood-fire pizza oven, a Coogee favourite.
Owner Justin Hemmes made an appearance, enjoying dinner with his girlfriend at the esteemed oyster bar, which sits just behind the open pass restaurant and kitchen. The restaurant challenges an industrial, meets country chalet style, that you can’t help but love. The friendly staff, recommend the ricotta, served with olive oil, rosemary honey and crostini, and the Jack Creek’s Sirloin, with a mouth-watering ‘Pavilion Fondue’.
The well-designed layout of the venue allows for three bars on the rooftop level, and one “bistro-styled cocktail” bar on the ground floor, all fit with ‘wine on tap’. If you have never been to Coogee Pavilion, the experience is one of a kind; each refreshing cocktail is formulated with the intention of continuing this ‘Coogee Pavilion Experience’.
The Cravado is a Wyborowa Vodka based cocktail, with the overpowering flavour of mint and coconut water. This mint infused beverage is one of the many ‘Coogee’ inspired concoctions, available at this unique Coogee restaurant.
The eccentric and quirky decor pays tribute to Hemmes’ design background, yet aspects of the restaurant still seem to encapsulate the ‘Coogee’ beachside vibe. The extravagance of the family-friendly venue lies in the intricate details throughout the restaurant, whilst all aspects maintain a particular theme and these aspects interrelate with both their design and location.
From the moment you step foot inside the Coogee Pavilion, you can actually feel the change in atmosphere. This crazy, mix-matched vibe, smack-bang on Coogee beach creates a truly remarkable and unique experience. There is no denying that the relaxed vibe and upbeat attitude, given off by the local hotspot is one that cannot be replaced, and one to truly be cherished.
Locals discuss concern over the construction of the middle floor, with much anticipation of what is to come. Trusting that this new addition, yet to be announced, will positively affect the unique atmosphere of such a great restaurant.
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