Merivale have done it again – another stroke of genius and another stunning venue.
The Pavilion is HUGE and located right next to the beach at Coogee, a suburb desperate for a good restaurant and bar.
Whether you’re looking for a lazy brunch, a place to hang out with your kids or some cool afternoon cocktails, The Pavilion has it all. Out the back there is a floor to ceiling scrabble game, board games and ping pong tables – the ideal games room and kids entertainment area. Along the beach side of the restaurant there is a standing bar, to the left a huge open kitchen, in the middle an abundance of dining areas and an old school pizza oven, and the front of the restaurant is home to Sydney’s busiest coffee cart.
The menu features over 10 pizzas which are made from fresh dough served thin, crisp and full of flavour. Unsurprisingly seafood is also a big focus on the menu featuring fresh oysters, classic fish and chips, sashimi plates and lobster rolls. The salads read well, but were a little underwhelming.
There is only one coffee machine being serviced by two manic baristas serving all the patrons dining in and taking away, so if you’re in a rush or desperate for a coffee I would go elsewhere as you will probably receive your coffee 30-45mins after you order it. The meals also come out when they are ready so you might be finishing your meal by the time others are getting started – not helped by the fact the the staff are likely to kick you off your table to make room for another booking. But they will be incredibly polite about it, the staff were incredibly friendly, end when they have red wine accidentally spilled all over them.
All flaws aside, Coogee Pavilion is the perfect place for a post-beach beer – I am definitely looking forward to more visits over summer.
The bitter: The wait time to get seated and then the wait for the food and coffee
The sweet: The interiors and set up – it is the ultimate place to settle in an afternoon after the beach
The damage: Pretty standard – main meals range from $20-$30 each.