sands on coogee

This was hands down my favorite place in Sydney and in all the places that I travelled to when I was in Australia. It’s located right on Coogee Bay Road, but it’s such a shame because if it was just better marketed and better designed internally, it could do so much better! For $38 (tip not necessary!), we had a six course meal, catapulting us into the realm of fine dining in an informal ambiance. Seriously, a steal.

The deal is part of their 6 year anniversary special menu. This is how it looks:

Ume-shu (Japanese plum wine) with garlic bread

Appetizer: Pumpkin Soup

Japanese platter: Sashimi, Raw Oyster, Tempura Shrimp

Entree: Choose either
Spaghetti with Squid Ink
Grilled grain fed lamb loin, walnut, gorgonzola and wild rocket

Main: Choose either
Paper bag seafood (salmon, prawn, mussel, potato, spinach)
Wagyu beef skwered

Dessert: Creme Brulee

—-

I don’t even know how to begin describing the food so I’ll just list my favorites. Actually, they were pretty much all on the same level. Well, I guess I’ll just explain each course.

Ume-shu (Japanese plum wine) with garlic bread

  • The Ume-shu comes in a shot. Sweet and just slightly alocholic, its fantasmic. Unfortunately, you only get one piece of garlic bread, but hey- with so much food left, who needs more carbs?

Pumpkin Soup

angela takes a shot!
sands on coogee

  • I hate soup, but this soup was bearable- maybe because it was cold. Angela ended up finishing most of mine though

Japanese platter: Sashimi, Raw Oyster, Tempura Shrimp

sands on coogee

  • This dish made me feel as if I were in top chef. It’s served on a long platter. The raw oyster! Oy! I’m afraid of that stuff, but this- man it was so good. I never knew that seaweed salad could do the trick.

Grilled grain fed lamb loin, walnut, gorgonzola and wild rocket

sands on coggee
sands on coogee

  • Served on a bed of rocket salad. I’ve never had Gorgonzola with lamb and it was surprising how refreshing the combination is!

Paper bag seafood (salmon, prawn, mussel, potato, spinach)

seafood bag
sands on coogee

  • So if I absolutely had to choose, this would be my favorite. It comes in this pasty looking like shape inĀ  parchment paper. The server cuts it open with scissors and steam starts floating out. It was such an unique dish and the flavors all delicately combined. I loved the Tasmanian salmon!

Wagyu beef skwered

sands on coogee
sands on coogee

  • Tender juicy beef. Need I say more? But if you do get this, make sure you order it medium rare. It just literally melts in your mouth.

Creme Brulee

sands on coogee
sands on coogee

  • It was a tiny creme brulee served with fresh berries and compote. Not too sweet- the perfect ending to the perfect meal.

The service in this place is great. I mean, I almost felt compelled to tip. They do offer a wine menu that complements this particular menu for only $20 more. They also offer BYO.

242 Coogee Bay Road
Coogee, Sydney, NSW 2034
Ph (02) 9665 4924

Sands on Coogee Bistro on Urbanspoon