The latest venture from the Fini/Trimboli/Brannigan trio is everything you would expect from a team that creates landmark venues offering great food, a sense of ethos and plenty of spirit.
It’s no small feat to turn a rundown hotel in a non-sexy beachside suburb into a go-to venue for memorable feasts of produce plucked from an on-site Mediterranean garden, but since opening last year just two weeks before Covid, Coogee Common has made it all appear effortless.
That sense of ease extends to the unflappable team, too; from wine waiters to bartenders, chefs, garden guides and those selling the house pickles in the Common Farm Shop, they all remain truly delighted to share their knowledge and will continue to chat about dishes – a fresh take on beef tartare with smoked chilli that offers the right amount of spice, or a bright-red beetroot risotto – long after their shifts are over.
From wine waiters to bartenders, chefs, garden guides and those selling the house pickles in the Common Farm Shop, they all remain truly delighted to share their knowledge.
No matter the day, this polished 200-seater heaves with contented diners sharing Josper-roasted pork fillet with slivers of crackling, vegan turnip gratin cut with tart pomegranate or satisfyingly charred chicken breast with leeks, barley and sage, accompanied by a bottle from a list made up of local wines, or by cocktails with garden herbs. Crisp potatoes play sidekick, along with salad leaves, while crunchy chocolate brownies are topped with freshly picked flowers for a flourishing finish.
They all reflect, and are a result of, the complete confidence of the slick team in the open kitchen. Start with a Negroni and marinated olives in the bar. Finish with a singalong around the piano in the front lounge.