My first job in Sydney was at this joint - some 30 years ago, as entertainment manager - and I'm not sure if I'm amused or bemused by how little it's changed.
We ate at the brasserie and opted to eat in the beer-garden, oops, it was so filthy we moved back inside to the brasserie, oops...
Our table in the beer-garden was absolutely ferril! you could almost smell the fungus growing on it, it smelled like someone had relieved themselves under the table - and the puddled was gruesome. We asked the busboy if he'd mind cleaning our table, he reached into a bucket of slop, dragged out the skankiest rag I've ever seen and slopped more muck over the table, and us. KUDOS to the bar-staff, not only are they good, they're really good.
In a desperate attempt to stay outdoors, I headed to the bar and asked for a CLEAN cloth, I was handed a - just sprayed with chemical - brand new cloth (thank god for thinkers) Unfortunately, it didn't help, the table still smelt like a dying cat lived under it!
Moving back inside wasn't any better...
We ordered the seafood platter, deep-fried in old oil, soggy frozen fish and warm oysters natural (I literally spat the oyster into a napkin) As if the platter itself wasn't offensive enough, it took 45 minutes to fry, grrrrr.
If you're 19, looking to get hammered and in the process annoy those around you, this place is for you! If you're not, Coogee has a bunch of places that'll make you feel human.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All rooms offer a refreshing beachside option, incorporating natural timbers, soft blues and crisp white tones. Located behind the main hotel is the Boutique Wing offering stylish, modern accommodation for corporate travellers and those seeking a relaxing retreat. The Boutique Hotel offers 4 star luxury on the shores of one of Sydney's most famous beaches with competitive rates and a range of weekend packages to entice. If you're seeking 3 star affordable accommodation, our Pub style rooms, located within the main hotel building, is perfect for those wanting to be close to the action. Please note our Pub style rooms may be subject to hotel noise from the bars below and are accessed via stairs only. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay Coogee
- Coogee Bay Hotel