Sugarcane has been on our culinary ‘must visit’ list for a while now. We had a free weekend so decided to visit for lunch on a rainy day, since it was quiet and we could easily get a booking.
It is in a beachfront location at the Southern end of Coogee beach. The venue has some outdoor seating, and a covered alfresco section, though we’d recommend sitting inside as the styling is simply stunning. The glamorous venue has dim lights, bamboo features and hanging greenery, the space feels like an upmarket Asian hut.
The restaurant is inspired by flavours from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia and a fusion of South East Asia. The menu at this restaurant has a lot of appeal, with its beautiful curries, roti and whole fried fish, and the dishes come in entree, small and large plates designed to share. Most of their dishes can be ordered in half sizes too. For those with dining requirements, there’s a number of vegetarian options as well, though their menu strongly features seafood.
We tried each of the bites which are priced per piece
⁃ Rock Oysters with Miso & Lime, Nahm Jim for $5 each
⁃ Rice Cake with Prawn, Coriander, Rujak Dressing for $7 each
⁃ The Betel Leaf was topped with a flavourful Kingfish, Kalas, Coconut
⁃ The crispy tortilla was piled high with a refreshing crab, Green Apple, Coconut, and lime favoured salad for $7
Each of these bites were great, and we’d happily eat a few more if a dish of them were a little cheaper.
From the specials menu we ordered a crispy chicken bao and the favour of this was lovely, with the chicken sitting inside a soft pillowy bao for $8 with spring onions.
We opted for the large raw plate so we could share a few of the sashimi options. Each piece of fish was super fresh and the plate was accompanied by some dipping sauces.
The cold platter featured tuna, salmon and kingfish as well as some lovely raw scallops with eschalot, green apple and roe. It also came with a taster of their ceviche.
Whilst on this visit we only had a light meal, some of the larger plates like the curries and rotis sound amazing, we’ll need to make a return visit.
The food here is outstanding and the service is friendly and efficient, with the food coming out incredibly quickly. It is quite expensive, but it is a quality dining venue and the food holds up.
We’d be keen to return and try probably good in a group to try more options. We would consider dining with a group of friends and try their ‘trust the chef’ menu, available for 2 – 5 guests at $60pp or $70pp with dessert.
Shop 1, 56 Carr Street Coogee
12pm – 2.30pm
Monday – Sundayn
5.30pm – Late