Sugarcane Coogee

4.7
308 reviews
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$40 and under
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Asian
Top tags:
  • 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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Cross street
Arden Street
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Public Transit
Nearby bus stop.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Private Room
What 308 People Are Saying
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4.3
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Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I cannot Fault anything, we had the best dining experience! Service was awesome 👌

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Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Wonderfull food !

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Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food, as always, is superb here. What lets this place down bigtime is the service and certainly this was lacking in my last visit.

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Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious!!!

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Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our absolute favourite in Coogee. Have dined at Sugarcane five times over the last 18 months and has been on point every time.

Everything on the menu is fresh and delicious. Service is efficient and friendly.

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SD
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Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love it! Very reasonably priced for the high quality and range of food. Great drinks. Extremely friendly staff that seem happy to be at work. Food was beyond my expectation. A real local gem! We will be back.Trust the chef is the way forward!

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Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was exceptional - fresh, tasty, nutritious (apart from sugar content - but that's to be expected based on the restaurant's name!). Authentic Asian flavours but presented in a modern way.
The menu is, however, somewhat limited for anyone severely allergic to shrimp paste.
The staff were absolutely wonderful.

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Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Relaxing,vibrant, local eatery. The food and service created the feeling you were in a exotic location far away from Sydney.

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Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Love the food here! One of my faves in Sydney

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Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and incredible food. Compliments to the chefs and all the staff. We will definitely come back and will recommend to others.

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Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The four of us came here for a family birthday celebration and were extremely impressed. The food was stunning and the portion sizes were generous. Also our Kiwi host was friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back!

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Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience - my daughter enjoyed the okra and eggplant dish (and she isn't a fan of either of these veggies - but the taste won her over). Delicious food and fantastic service. They went above and beyond and served my husband a birthday slice at the end - something I didn't ask for but mentioned in my booking. It's 5 star service in a casual, relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. A fave of ours!

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Dined on 9 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Great food but pretty bad service

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Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and our waitress was attentive!

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Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our dinner experience at Sugar Cane was delightful since our arrival. Our waiter has been exceptional in guiding us through the menu , suggesting but leaving us in control.
We enjoyed every single dish which was of top quality and presentation. The cultural experience is unforgettable and the food carries the passion and the dedication of the people that work in the kitchen.
Desserts were amazing, perfect finish after our dinner. I couldn't resist and took one home to my husband to try...

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Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been many times before with my wife and friends and Sugarcane never fails in any department. The service is always spot on and the team will do anything they can to accommodate dietary needs too, the food is consistently well cooked & delicious and the ambiance is perfect for all occasions. Love it and will keep going back!

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Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my partner here for his birthday. Everything was great. The food, the service, the whole lot!!! They even put a candle in our dessert and sang him happy birthday (without my knowledge) which was very sweet of them.
We will definitely be back!!!!

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RS
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Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our first visit but will definitely be back! Every dish a winner!

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Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have been here over 10-15 times for romantic, family, birthday events and have never been disappointed. The ambience, the happy, friendly staff and OMG the flavours of that sensational food they make!!! My partner and I are foodies and this by far is our favourite. You have our expectations so high now and have not found anything close. Well done and look forward to eating there soon.

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2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food. Busy, so service a bit slow, but a lovely night with friendly staff and yummy!

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Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sugarcane is the best restaurant in the Eastern Suburbs..... there is no close 2nd.
Food is farking fantastic as is the service.
You pay for what you get so expect a bill.

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MM
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Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is amazing, loved it. We were between two noisy tables so sometimes hard to hear.
Highly recommended.

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Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really delicious food that is unique. Could not fault any dish and felt very satisfied afterwards.

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SZ
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Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was too expensive(tiny bit)
Food was fantastic,service was fantastic

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Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I love Sugarcane. The food is delicious and the staff are friendly knowledgeable and very helpful. On this occasion we were running late I rang to let the restaurant know and they were fantastic. Nothing is a problem .

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TK
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Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always consistent, great staff, good management and to top it all... delicious food and wines :)

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Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good foods and nice owner.

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Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely LOVED it here! It was very busy in a Sunday night.. and now we know why!
We had the “surprise” tasting option. It was excellent value for money and so much food!
Service, atmosphere and food was excellent!

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Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Last minute booking at 5.30pm on a Saturday evening. Beautiful food - healthy and perfectly cooked. Great variety on the menu. Very noisy once the room filled. Attentive but clumsy waitress (she was very apologetic after the third mishap: one of which was accidentally throwing her pencil at one of the diners on our table!). Reasonably priced.

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B
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent addition to Coogee gastronomy! Authentic Vietnamese restaurant with a modern flare. Highly recommended.

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NB
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a brilliant time at Sugarcane. We felt extremely welcome from the time we walked in the door. Sam was an exceptional host and made sure we were looked after. It was also some of the best Thai we've ever eaten. Thank you Sam and we will be back.

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SD
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Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, service and location are all excellent. We drive over an hour to eat at Sugarcane and are never disappointed. They are lovely to our teens as well. We highly recommend it.

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Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This place will make the weekly ‘places to go for dinner’ list. The staff were friendly and welcoming from the start, and the service was just as good throughout the evening (timings when taking orders, food coming out, wiping table down when it got messy). The food was great, good choices (incl. ‘surprise me’ option if you don’t know what to get) and genourous portions! Ambience was great and kid friendly (we have a 3 y.o.) although a little tight (kept having people slide up against my chair).

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Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good service and food, was a great option for a business meal with colleagues and the vegan options were great and much appreciated! Will recommend

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Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Delicious food & cocktails. Service was very slow though in an almost empty restaurant. Had to get up twice to find a waiter to serve us a second drink, then to take our dessert order.

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Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The most delicious food served by friendly and professional staff. I cannot fault this restaurant!

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Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Attentive and knowledgeable staff, good atmosphere and great food.

South East Asian, but with a twist that lifts the dishes above the normal.

The whole menu looked good so we opted for the “Surprise” menu. We had a wonderful selection of delicious dishes, more than enough to satisfy the hungriest and, in my opinion, good value for money

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Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

From the moment we walked in we were looked after.
Escorted to our seats, asked about drinks almost immediately, given adequate time to make our food selections. Dinner served quickly with dishes spread apart as required.
Drinks always topped up and staff asking if all ok.

Great night out.

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Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food at Sugar Cane is as good as you could get in the category of Asian food

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Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been there twice now absolutely fantastic. I took my daughter there on her 18th birthday and they really made it special. The food oh my god is just Devine. My daughter love everything about the place. We’ll be back again and again snd again 😂

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