Farm-to-table dining, where the farm just happens to be right outside.
The first thing that strikes you pulling into Coogee Common – apart from the farmhouse-chic fit-out, the rows of ferments lining the shelves and the sheer size of the place – is the garden. Yes it’s verdant and bountiful, but this just isn’t about looks, with produce pulled from the ground, often that day, popping up all through the menu.
Yes it’s verdant and bountiful, but this just isn’t about looks, with produce pulled from the ground, often that day, popping up all through the menu.
It’s there in a refreshing opening plate of radishes in all colours of the rainbow scattered over fresh curd. Or in a plate of chicken in broth, skin charred, flesh juicy, in the form of fresh rocket and wilted greens. A dish of sticky lamb ribs draws plate-swiping parallels with sister venue Bread in Common, who also provide the bread to go with a pottle of avocado topped with spring onion.
Wine stays mostly Australian, with an emphasis on balance, between light and heavy, new-wave and classic. It suits the breezy tone, one that encourages you to linger, take a turn about the garden after lunch, and plot your imminent return.