Coogee Pavilion opened in July 2014 and this iconic Sydney landmark overlooking Coogee Beach has been transformed into a dining venue for all walks of life, from hipster to families. Merivale are behind Coogee Pavilion and have recognised that the area is full of young families and therefore provided a venue that caters to them. They have gone all out to create a vibe, facilities and menu that little ones and parents will love.
The ground floor is the first of the three level complex to open and has a ‘market’ feel to it. Walk around and check out the fresh local seafood, including a raw and oyster bar. If that’s not enough, there is a Will & Co coffee cart (open from 7am), cold-pressed juice cart, grilled meats, florist, barber, theatrette, ping pong table, toy area and huge scrabble wall. Families tend to congregate in the far left corner where little ones can play on the fake grass area and older children can enjoy a game of giant connect four or scrabble. With so much space, you can let the kids enjoy themselves without worrying too much about other patrons.
The kids menu is on the back of the colouring sheet, which you may have to ask for. They have all the usual suspects covered, such as fish and chips ($13); cheese and ham toastie ($13); grilled fish, steak or chicken with vegetables or fries ($13); and Vinnie’s kids pizzas ($11.50-$12.50). Kids smoothies are $8 and available until 2pm Mon-Fri and 5pm on the weekend.
The main ‘market’ areas of the ground floor opens daily at 11am. If you are just after a coffee or snack before 11am, the front section is open for service from the Will & Co coffee cart from 7am. Given the ‘market’ feel of Coogee Pavilion, the selection of food available is fresh and extensive. All food is ordered at their respective counters and you are then given a number. The bar menu includes seafood, grills, rolls and snacks. The main menu is divided into oysters, raw food, salads, Vinnie’s pizzas and desserts. The pizzas are perfect to share amongst kids and a group of friends.