Last Friday evening my wife and I dined at Coya Restaurant in Cromer to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.
We chose the "Carnivore 6 Course Degustation" menu and then complimented this exceptional food with both white and red wines.
Chef Ash Saleh has combined herbs and spices from the East with the best ingredients from the West to produce his delicious recipes.
From an equipment perspective there is a Goldstein oven with 6 burner cooktop, a Goldstein Char Grill, a Woodson benchtop double deep fryer and a small combi oven. Belying this simple kitchen setup the quality of the food was incredible and a credit to Chef Ash.
Coya Dining Review
"Cromer wasn't a foodie destination until last November when Ash Saleh did the big reveal on his first restaurant,""
1st course ... Fried Eggplant
Served with black tahini, fermented onion and baby greens.
A great way to start, flavoursome and a smooth texture.
2nd Course ... King Prawns
Flavoured with Sumac and a Piquillo pepper puree on a Raspberry vinaigrette bed.
Perfectly cooked, super tasty and the raspberry vinaigrette was simply stunning.
3rd course ... Cauliflower Fried
With garlic, lemon, chilli and tahini. Garnished with a radish salad.
Served with enough crunch to make it very enjoyable and full of the flavours of the East.
4th course ... Barramundi Fillet
Served with a cauliflower puree and green harissa.
The barra was cooked to perfection with a crispy skin and deliciously moist flesh. The combination of cumin and coriander in the green harissa complimented the barramundi extremely well.
5th course ... Beef Cheek Stew
With Ras el hanout spice, a red wine jus, carrots and potatoes.
I am a big fan of a well made sauce and this delicious and tender dish was, at least for me, the standout dish in an evening filled with quite amazing food.
6th Course ... Apple and raspberry Crumble
The crumble was light and toasted and went well with the flavour of the fruits.
Unfortunately I had a photo fail, so you will have to take my word that the dessert was as equally attractive as the other 5 courses.
Or you could try it out for yourself.
Cromer will never be the same again.
And Chef Ash and his lovely wife Kit, have forever changed our expectations with food.
Address: 63/61 Carawa Rd, Cromer NSW 2100
Phone: (02) 9981 7053
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