Coogee beach is pretty awesome. Less busy than Bondi but still boasting a gorgeous ocean view, Coogee is home to the Barzura Cafe Ristorante (since 1994). Barzura serves Modern Australian for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with specials from Monday to Friday that consist of a drink that matches the meal of the day. Less conventional menu items include nasi goreng (fried rice), congee and som tum (Thai papaya salad).
With the wide range of options on the menu, we decided to try out a variety of starters. First off we had half a dozen oysters with rice vinegar and salmon roe which was super delicious (for those who aren't afraid of raw oysters). Having had a bad experience with oysters in the past, these did not have that overpowering aftertaste and the vinegar gave it a bit of zing (if that word exists).
freshly shucked half dozen sydney rock oysters with rice vinegar and salmon roe ($20)
The poached ocean trout with dill kipfler potatoes and green beans was really light and the light mustard dressing to the salad (and extra bits of salmon roe on our plate) was a really nice addition to this gorgeous combination.
poached ocean trout (pink) with dill kipfler potatoes and green beans ($18)
I have always been a fan of the phenomenal mussels served at Barzura before (the ones they used to serve with a spicy tomato base sauce are no doubt comparable if not better than other "mussel institutions"). The mussels served with coconut sauce this time round were a bit salty and less "substantial". The bowl full of empty mussel shells and the disappearance of the bread (for dipping the sauce) still makes it pretty good. (If the owners of Barzura are reading - please bring back the mussels served with the spicy tomato base sauce! Those were amazing!)
local black mussels with coconut, garlic, chilli and lemongrass ($16)
After your meal you can explore Coogee and the surrounds. For those keen on Yoga, you can check out the Livingroom Yoga School which is just one floor above the restaurant. Access to Coogee is easy via public transport and some free parking is sometimes available right in front of the restaurant itself.
Barzura has received multiple awards and is certainly a place to impress tourists for some nice views and Modern Australian food. Fans of seafood won't be disappointed. Vegetarian options are available as well. It can get busy, so make a reservation if you want a nice seat.