Sugarcane Coogee

4.6
266 reviews
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$40 and under
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Asian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Head chef and owner Milan Strbac’s childhood centred greatly on food. Always hungry to learn more about worldly cuisines and the unique ways in which they are prepared, Strbac’s early career spanned Fez Café, followed by the infamously cool Marque restaurant and Brooklyn Hotel Italian Restaurant.

However, Strbac’s true culinary calling came to light after an extensive trip exploring South East Asia, where he developed a passionate interest in Asian cookery. This ended in a firm decision to learn the ways, methods and art of this vibrantly multi-faceted cuisine.

All of this is set amidst a completely revamped and re-designed space resembling a bustling Asian marketplace with handmade silk handbags hanging from the roof, sourced by Strbac on a recent South East Asian trip. Neon graffiti and Thai street posters adorn the walls. The dining area combines bar and banquet seating and continues the sharing and casual eating concept of Strbac’s menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Asian, Southeast Asian, Thai
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Mon to Wed: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Thurs to Fri: 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sat to Sun: 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Lunch
Fri to Sun: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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Phone number
(02) 8313 9790
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Milan Strbac
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Catering
For catering options please email or call Milan on the restaurant line.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Arden Street
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Public Transit
Nearby bus stop.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room
What 266 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great service, great food across every dish. What more could you ask for?

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

As always we had an amazing food experience.
10 out of 10 to the staff for providing a very attentative experience without being over the top. The kitchen was spot on in delivery time to table for food.
Wine was perfect for the cuisine.
Highly recommended.
Ps: I booked online & it was very easy... mentioned I'd like a nice table as it was our anniversary & it was delivery with the best... Plus the bubbles on arrival was a perfect touch & very much appreciated.

WELL DONE SUGARCANE!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

8pm booking 6 people. Food good but a busy evening meant the service and noise let it down.Took a while to get our order. Staff put our wine 'off the table' to keep it cold but kept ignoring our waving arms and empty glasses to get the bottle back. After the 2nd time this happened I told them to leave bottle on the table. At some point after 10/10.30 staff eager to get everyone out. Unasked for bills were presented and we noted that the last 5 tables treated the same and we all left at same time

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5.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Sugarcane is a great place to eat and relax. The food is great and really reasonably priced. Love it!

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5.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Excellent Asian cuisine. Every dish was well presented and delicious. This is a must visit restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

The food and the service were excellent. I look forward to going there again.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Loved the food each dish is even more delicious as they come out. Such a great place to dine!

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

I regularly go to Sugarcane and it is always excellent. The food is consistently exceptional and beautifully presented, the staff are friendly and attentive, and the cocktails are fantastic, complementing the flavours of the menu. It’s the perfect place to go with friends, order a range of share plates, and savour the creative take on South-East Asian food. Can’t recommend this place highly enough.

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5.0Dined on 1 August 2018

delicious food, excellent service, what a lovely night

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4.0Dined on 25 July 2018

The food, the ambience, the view and the service are all excellent - every single time. We tried new dishes this time as well as the most remarkable starters and all just fabulous. My guest most impressed. I am always made to feel welcome, and I will keep coming back.

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2.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Used to be much better. Order bungled Used to have lovely salmon dish. Waiter seemed rushed forgot things I had to get up to get chop sticks that they forgot to bring. Beef rindung is still good
Fairly pricey now too

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Wow- our new favourite restaurant in Sydney. Food was divine, staff were attentive, and the vibe was great.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

I had my birthday dinner at Sugarcane. The food is incredible. So much flavour and perfectly balanced. The staff were very accommodating - even offering plenty of alternatives to people with allergies and offering to make amends to menu. The cocktails were beautiful and at the end of the evening, they surprised me with a birthday dessert. Gorgeous!

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4.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Great restaurant with outstanding menu. Great value and a serious notch above, for the area.

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5.0Dined on 18 July 2018

Great food and service, will certainly be returning

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Great night at Sugarcane. Loved the cocktails food and ambiance. My only gripe with this restaurant is the two hour sitting. We felt by the end very rushed as the table was booked for 8.30. To have stayed a bit longer would have been ideal.

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2.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Nice food, not cheap, dreadful service. This is the second time in a row where the wait staff were more interested in themselves than in serving the customers. Its a shame because otherwise its a good spot but the staff let them down again and again!

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5.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Fab night at sugarcane , always reliable for good food

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5.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Amazing meal and delicious wine! Could not fault anything!

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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

We had absolutely delicious betel leaves, the best roti I have ever had and a delicious beef curry. The restaurant was busy and full of noise - but not so much that you couldn't hear each other. It was lovely and warm in winter as well. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Service and food were awesome. We chose the “trust me” menu and were very happy with the choices presented. One dish was exceptionally spicy, but still enjoyed. Also great choices of drinks

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2.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Food was great, but we were reminded far too frequently about what time they wanted the table back, we had a booking for 6pm had to be out by 8pm. We were told at 7 we had a hour left and then every 20 minutes from then the girl who served us that we had to finish by 8pm. We had starters, mains and deserts. Their was only 3 of us, it really spoiled the evening, we felt under pressure to be out asap, despite there being plenty of empty tables in the restaurant. Wont be going there again.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

Great food and great staff.

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5.0Dined on 1 July 2018

Delicious food, great service and positive atmosphere. A must visit restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Fabulous night in sugarcane, easy booking, friendly attentive staff.
Gorgeous food.
What more would you want?

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3.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Unfortunately we were seated in the outdoor area. This was not indicated on our booking and as it was a cool winter night in Coogee, we were unable to take off our coats. We were forgotten about on several occasions because of sitting outside. It has NONE of the decor, music or ambience of the interior. We asked if we could sit inside and the waiter never responded to this. Our drinks were forgotten about, we didn’t get our greens until we were well into our meal. Food great as always.

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4.0Dined on 30 June 2018

First time after a recommendation - excellent food, beautifully presented and very tasty. Only criticism was the rice was a bit dry! Also, sat next to the window which was partly opened on a cold winters evening which spoiled the experience, but not enough to want to come back again!

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4.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Excellent food, attentive and thoughtful service and wonderful menu. Wine overly inflated prices - prohibitive in fact - and not necessary where the food is so good. Highly recommended restaurant and we will come again often, and will recommend to others. We might avoid ordering a bottle of wine in future.

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Fabulous food with excellent presentation and friendly staff!

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

I've eaten here a few times now and the food is always sensational. The staff are friendly, cheerful and helpful. There's also delicious cocktails and a good wine/drinks list. The only negative is that there are 2 sittings, so if you are at the earlier sitting you have to vacate your table by a set time, which can be a bit disappointing if you'd like to hang around a little bit longer. But, you're made aware of this at the time of booking.

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5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

Great food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Great food, Good Wine list. Friendly & thorough service.

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Thank you for making our birthday dinner and surprise engagement so special! Having never been there before we were unsure of what to order but our waiter was so helpful and made great suggestions. The food and service was amazing! I will be returning with friends for another great night out

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5.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Great lunch fabulous food and great for sharing, fresh incredients, lightly spiced and tasty. Yummy cocktails in a casual setting.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

This restaurant is superb. Dishes are innovative; taste great; and come in a handy three sizes. All the sizes are generous. Even the “tasters” are a significant size and they are top quality. The prices are more than reasonable for what they are. With sharing various sized dishes, the bill is always a pleasant surprise. There’s an extensive wine list from Australia and Europe.

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Best Asian fusion food I have ever had. This restaurant never disappoints, I love the little menu changes but keeping the old favourites.

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Fantastic experience - food was amazing! We did a banquet style menu (chef’s choice). Our only criticism would be that some dishes were put on the table but we weren’t told what they actually were. No matter because they were all absolutely delicious!

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Food was tasty but pricey. Portions small

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

From the minute we arrived, we were treated like royalty......then the food arrived.....we were in Nirvana! How lucky are we to have such world class food at our back door. Could not recommend Sugarcane more highly - so happy you chose the East as your home! We will be back, again, and again and again x

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4.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Great food. Fun atmosphere and fabulous caring service.

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