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Two Bars and a Restaurant Have Opened on Coogee Pavilion's Long-Awaited Middle Level

You can now go for tapas at Una Mas, cocktails at Will's and bumps of caviar and hand-rolled pipi pasta at Mimi's.
By Libby Curran
January 17, 2020
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Two Bars and a Restaurant Have Opened on Coogee Pavilion's Long-Awaited Middle Level

You can now go for tapas at Una Mas, cocktails at Will's and bumps of caviar and hand-rolled pipi pasta at Mimi's.
By Libby Curran
January 17, 2020
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At beachside hotspot Coogee Pavilion, the final piece of the puzzle has just clicked into place — and it's a big one. Five years in the making, the middle level of this historic building has finally been unveiled today, Friday, January 17, joining the multi-faceted ground-floor offering and much-loved Coogee Pavilion Rooftop.

The hotly-anticipated Coogee Pavilion Middle Floor is actually home to three distinct venues — cocktail bar Will's, restaurant Mimi's, and a wine and tapas bar by the name of Una Más — combining to mark one of Merivale's most ambitious projects yet. While each venue has its own personality and design DNA, the whole level is an homage to the idyllic coastal location and is guided by the same Australian-accented take on modern Mediterranean cuisine. Executive Chef Jordan Toft (Bert'sBar Topa) has taken the reins for this lot of newcomers, just as he's helmed the rest of the building's food offerings over the years.

Steven Woodburn

Boasting sweeping ocean views through its large arched windows, Mimi's pairs drops off a 600-strong wine list heroing the French wine growing region of Chablis with fresh seafood, top-quality meats and market-fresh vegetables grilled on the kitchen's josper. Don't expect any foams, gels or smokes here — Mimi's is all about letting the produce shine. Abrolhos scallops are steamed and served with summer fennel, black abalone is barbecued and skewered, and fresh peaches bathed in caramel vinegar and shiso.

Larger dishes include spanner crab with preserved lemon mayo; a decadent hand-rolled pasta with pipis, sea urchin bottarga and warrigal greens; and asnapper tartare with finger lime. And, for even fancier occasions, the Mimi's Selects menu offers bumps of caviar, frozen vodka, Queensland mud crab and suckling pig. Luxe.

Accompanying cocktail bar Will's exudes European charm with a lineup of Italian coastline-inspired cocktails created by two star bartenders: Luke Ashton (This Must Be the Place) and Ben Wainwright (Bert's, Charlie Parker's). Make your way through the likes of The High Tide (with peach and limoncello), the Bella Bella (nectarine, lemon myrtle and macadamia) and Greenleaf (rosemary and ruby grapefruit) or go classic with a Willy's martini or Mimi's margarita.

Steven Woodburn

Wine and tapas bar Una Más is the lively, playful sibling, where you'll happily spend a session straight off the beach. Fresh and fun, it's designed to be a modern locals' haunt, offering an approachable menu spiked with both Spanish and Australian influences. Snack on anchovies, charcuterie, octopus with fermented chilli and cauliflower with sheep's milk — then end with Catalan cream with passion fruit. To drink, there's a short list of wine, classic cocktail, sherry and vermouth on offer.

It's meant to be a rainy weekend, so swap your beach visit for a day eating and drinking on Coogee Pav's middle level instead.

Mimi's, Will's and Una Más are now open on the middle level of Coogee Pavilion, 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee. Mimi's is open from 6.30–10pm daily and 12–3pm Monday–Thursday, and 12–3.30pm Friday–Sunday. Will's and Una Mas are open 12pm–midnight Sunday–Thursday and 12pm–2am Friday–Saturday.

Images: Steven Woodburn

Published on January 17, 2020 by Libby Curran

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