90-96 Bourke Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
Breakfast, lunch & dinner 7 days a week
Vegan, vegetarian, gluten and dairy free options available
COOH is undoubtedly one of the more fashionable restaurants in trendy Alexandria with its modern, spacious, chic interior and cosy, laid back vibe. Weekends are busy with a wait for a table so booking ahead is recommended.
COOH caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a varied and interesting menu based on natural, wholesome food. There is indoor and outdoor seating, indoor in a refurbished industrial space with concrete floors, hanging plants and lamps and floor to ceiling glass windows; outdoor on the large, elegant covered deck. There is also a brightly lit bar in the middle of the restaurant.
We went in for lunch on a busy Saturday and boy, were we glad we had made an earlier booking. Each of the 50-odd tables were filled with families with children, families without children, couples and smaller groups of friends. The atmosphere was buzzing with activity!
We ordered the Moroccan Lamb & Quinoa Salad ($28) and the Grilled Barramundi ($28). The little one ordered Spaghetti Bolognaise with pecorino ($12) and fresh apple juice ($5) from the kids’ menu. It was polished off quickly with a verdict of ‘yum’!
The Moroccan Lamb & Quinoa Salad came with Chermoula marinated free range lamb rump, sweet potato, coriander, currants, caramelised onion, cherry tomatoes and mint yoghurt. The lamb was tender and juicy and cooked to perfection. The herb, quinoa and currants gave it a Middle Eastern feel which was at once healthy and flavoursome.
The Grilled Barramundi, on a bed of green mango salad, nam jim dressing, mint, coriander, root crisps and lime aioli was a feast for the senses. The Barramundi was perfectly cooked, the crispy skin and the root crisps adding the wonderful ‘crunch’ element to the dish. The nam jim dressing on the mango salad and the soba noodles was tangy and sweet and complemented the dish very well. I could easily see the mango salad and the nam jim dressing as a side dish accompanying any meal! The lime aioli was an indulgent addition to the meal.
No meal is ever complete without a sweet ‘something’, so of course we had to order the Vegan Chocolate Torte with Matcha and raspberries. Unfortunately, the waitress advised us that they had run out of matcha cream and there would be a 20 minute wait for the matcha cream to be whipped up. They provided an alternative: a variety of gelato flavours and we opted for the vanilla bean gelato. The tartness of the raspberry puree mixed with the richness of the dark chocolate torte and the sweetness of the vanilla bean ice cream was a winning combination. I also ordered the Peanut Butter Latte which was the right mix of peanut and coffee with a hint of sweetness. The fuzzy feeling of a warm hug on a cold day!
Despite the lunch hour rush, service was professional and friendly and the food came out fairly quickly. COOH claims they serve “honest food full of flavour’ and I rightfully agree! Great restaurant, great food, great ambience!
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