Nestled in Cromer, Coya is a fine-dining restaurant celebrating a fusion of modern Australian and Middle Eastern cuisine with bold new flavours – and you can choose up to a 13 course degustation!

Coya, run by executive chef and author Ashraf Saleh, opened its door to the Northern Beaches community back in 2016 to highlight Ashraf’s Middle Eastern heritage and culinary training from France. In fact, Ashraf’s inventive menu even won the establishment a ‘Best New Restaurant’ Sydney Metropolitan Award the following year.

“Coya is not your average neighbourhood restaurant. It’s a hidden gem on Sydney’s Northern Beaches that uses a blend of fresh Australian produce with interesting Middle Eastern flavours,” Ashraf explains.

“This combined with classic French cooking techniques has led to a carefully curated menu that highlights how food can transport you beyond your dining table, in the best possible way.”

A very proud chef and owner, Ashraf with wife Kit. Image: Coya

The best news of all for foodies, is that Chef Ashraf explores unique, interesting flavours and spices and then takes you on a foodie journey via degustation menus. Using only the best market produce of the day, you can choose from a 4-course tasting menu, a six-course carnivore or herbivore degustation, a 9-course menu, and an epic 13-course meal.

“Each course is bright, beautiful, fresh, precisely calibrated and artfully plated,” Ashraf tells us. “The menus are transformed every 6-8 weeks, so there’s always something to surprise and delight. Signature dishes such as king prawns with sumac, chilli jam and raspberry vinaigrette have been so popular that we’ve been requested never to take it off the menu!”

King prawns with sumac, chilli jam and raspberry vinaigrette. Image: Coya
Slow-cooked goat with saffron rice. Image: Coya
Smoked duck breast. Image: Coya
Halava marquise with almond tuiles – a dessert full of Middle Eastern flavours. Image: Coya

But it’s not just meat and seafood lovers that Coya caters to. Its 6-course herbivore degustation, which is gluten and dairy-free, with dishes like cauliflower fried with white tahini and kale chickpea falafel, “will definitely impress” the vegan or vegetarian eaters.

“Coya is becoming a speciality restaurant, serving affordable luxury and the best value degustation in Sydney. It’s a real foodies’ adventure exploring unique flavours. Each course is delicate, light and delicious,” says Ashraf.

With Northern Beaches restaurants offering dining experiences like Coya’s, 2021 is looking up already. Don’t forget to add Coya to your must-visit dining list for the new year.

Contact details

Address: 63/61 Carawa Rd, Cromer NSW 2100
Phone: 02 9981 7053

Instagram: @coyacromer

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