After extensive renovations, South Coogee Bowls Club has reopened, introducing a new casual restaurant straightforwardly dubbed Bistro on the Greens. Appropriately titled not only for its location overlooking a bowling green, the design, courtesy of David Veksler's team at Guru Projects (nel., Harry's Bondi, Charlotte's Little Sister), features banana leaf wallpaper, lime coloured cushions and vines cascading from the ceiling.
It's kind of like The Greens meets Coogee Pavilion. The space is open and light, flowing seamlessly from indoors to out, making the most of its beachside location. The inspiration, according to Veksler, was "a desire to make the space versatile, flexible and something the community could be proud of."
Restaurateurs Filomena and Gary Di Paola (Bankstown's La Piazza) have also refreshed the menu, with pretty old school bistro fare mostly designed for sharing. The usual suspects include caprese salad, a selection of classic pastas, arancini di zucca, well as bistro staples like beef nachos, grilled salmon and parmigiana. But considering its nearness to the ocean, there are also plenty of seafood options, such as chilli mussels, barbecue octopus and garlic prawns.
If you're feeling particularly peckish, there's also the Greens Mega Burger with black Angus beef pattie, caramelised onion, pineapple, bacon and Swiss cheese — and it's a bistro, so pair it with sweet potato fries in a mini deep fry basket (you know). And for pizza heads, you'll find an extensive list of options, including the Bistro on the Greens special featuring mozzarella, mushroom, artichokes, sundried tomato, 22 bocconcini, ricotta, wild rocket and prosciutto.
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