Estate Coogee Beach
This four-in-one venue has a taco joint and a hidden karaoke room.
The term 'hotel bar' has taken on a whole new meaning with the opening of Estate within the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach. The four-in-one venue boasts a seafood-focused dining room, a tropical terrace bar, a dedicated taqueria and even a hidden karaoke room.
The multimillion-dollar refurbishment is headed by Chef (and Creative Director) Matthew Butcher, who has worked alongside a few of the culinary greats — including big names like Gordon Ramsay and Vue de Monde's Shannon Bennett. Butcher is joined by Head Chef Scott Eddington, who has clocked time with Rene Redzeppi at Noma, as well as at Australian favourites A1 Canteen, Belle's Hot Chicken and Melbourne's Mamasita.
Start off at the Terrace, an outdoor bar giving off Bali beach club vibes. Think beanbags, heaps of tropical palms and a projector screening sunset films and live sporting events. Bar snacks — such as fish tacos ($20 for three), oysters ($27 for six) and totopos with guacamole ($14) — are served out of a vintage Airstream trailer alongside locally made beers and wines.
Meanwhile, over at the dining room — dubbed Kitchen — expect an ocean-themed fit-out that reflects the menu's focus on fresh, local seafood. King salmon with ginger sauce ($36), zucchini tagliatelle ($32) and spicy tuna with kaffir lime ($26) all make the regularly changing menu.
In the Taqueria, there are neon lights, orange furnishings and bright patterns aplenty. The main offering here is the soft-shell tacos, which come in four varieties: chicken and avo ($6), fish with mojo-spiced cabbage ($7), beef with ancho sauce ($7) and huitlacoche ($6). Otherwise, you can tuck into a big ol' bowl of vegan nachos ($18). There are heaps of margaritas and micheladas going around, too.
Also hidden within the premises is a private karaoke room that can (and should) be reserved for late-night revelry.
Views of the Coogee coastline surround the venue and it's set up to fully embrace in those views —the courtyard even has three-step bleachers installed, from which punters can look out over the the ocean. Estate will be run separately from the hotel, though nothing is stopping you from turning your night out into a new excuse for a staycation.
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