Tantalise your taste buds with an epic fusion food experience
Located in Cromer, Coya is a local gem offering an epic fusion food experience for everyone who loves a very special and unique dining experience. Hospitality is central to Middle Eastern culture and the love for food is what you can taste in each and every dish that COYA serves.
The menu is modern Australian cuisine with a Middle Eastern twist, with a focus on clean, fresh and tasty flavour combinations. Being a veteran of top restaurants across Sydney as well as in Paris and London, it is not surprising that chef Ashraf Saleh’s menu is not only tasty full of flavour, the food also LOOKS absolutely amazing. Garnished with flowers and colourful edible details, the food at COYA is literally to die for. COYA is BYO restaurant, if you fancy a glass of vino with your food, stop by at the bottle-o next door before dining in.
The staff at COYA is attentive but not invasive, and we took their recommendations on a few of our orders. We started with the “Fleur de Courgette Farcis au Fromage” (Zucchini flower stuffed with four cheeses) and Scallops (Parsnip velouté taleggio, kale, crispy peas), which were my absolute favourite – a little piece of bliss: soft, but not too goopy and the tangy veloute sauce is a real treat.
While the degustation menu looks like a beautiful delight and is probably an absolute pleasure, we chose the Barramundi Fillet and Duck for mains. They were not only visually appealing, my friends of dietary extravagances, but BOTH also are GLUTEN and DAIRY free! Yay!
The Barramundi, aka “Samke Harra”, comes with sautéed coriander, chilli, garlic, onion, green thyme, and goji berry and sesame seed and while it doesn’t look like a big portion at first, is very filling (I couldn’t even finish it).
If you’re a meat lover, try the “Confit Muscovy Duck” which comes with orange blossom, dates, and chilli and honey carrots and is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S-L-Y tender.
I recommend you pick a side plate to enjoy with your main. If you want some more Middle Eastern taste to your food, pick the Fattoush, a salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread and mixed greens and other vegetables, or the Quinoa Tabouli, which will give you the perfect mix of a classic Middle Eastern salad and the “it“-grain-superfood-quinoa.
While I am not a sweet tooth and only wanted to try the Arabic coffee, we had Ashraf’s team convincing us it would be worth indulging in some of the desserts. Now, COYA does not simply do desserts. What COYA does should be described as pure delight and pleasure. The desserts are well decorated and tasty treats. We tried the “Chocolate Gateau” (gateau = cake) with oreo soil, macaroons, strawberry and raspberry sorbet is lusciously moist and of rich flavour and “Halawa Marquise”, which is made of yoghurt and rose petal syrup on a hint of pistachio ice cream and tantalised our taste buds.
By the end of an evening filled with wonderful aromas, textures and flavours, we were ready to sleep!
Next time, we will be back for the six course degustation.
63/61 Carawa Rd, Cromer NSW 2100
Wed-Sat 6-9 PM
Sun 5-9 PM
Phone: (02) 9981 7053