Louie Aims to Keep the Coogee Summer Vibe Alive All Year

Louie in Coogee
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If you thought Coogee’s beach buzz couldn’t get any better, think again. Louie, the newest addition in the seaside suburb of Coogee’s dining scene, is keeping the summer energy alive even during winter, with its contemporary Italian fare and relaxed ambience.

Nestled just a stone’s throw away from the beach, Louie has been turning heads since its quiet opening in April 2023.

Local resident Chris Lu, the mastermind behind popular establishments like Happy as Larry and Flower Child cafes, is the driving force behind this restaurant feels. It feels like a homecoming for Lu, who has been on the lookout for the perfect spot to create a local gathering place.

The restaurant’s design exudes a minimalist charm. The stunning arched windows lining the front facade allow the refreshing sea breeze to sweep through on warm evenings. A small green wall painting of “Louie” serves as the only hint that you’ve found the right place.

@rubyalexander__ Come check out Louie in Coogee with us! Totally worth a visit, the Zucchini flowers, ravioli and tiramisu were chefs kiss!! 👏🏻👏🏻🫶🏼 #sydneyeats #louiecoogee ♬ Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2 – PinkPantheress & Ice Spice

Step inside and you’ll be greeted by a sleek yet cosy interior. A bar adorned with woven-leather stools takes centre stage at the front, whilst the dining room boasts tile-topped tables and plush green booths. 

Louie offers a menu of refined classics meant for sharing, along with inventive twists on beloved Australian favourites. The restaurant takes pride in its homemade offerings. 

Their fluffy sourdough, often served warm with a sprinkle of pecorino and truffle butter, is baked in-house. Additionally, they craft all their pasta from scratch. The restaurant maintains a solid commitment to minimizing waste, using every part of the animals they butcher and incorporating locally sourced produce into their weekly menu updates. 

Whilst their menu features rotating dishes, a few favourites have become mainstays. Start off with succulent lamb skewers and grilled king prawns, then dive into the indulgent slow-cooked Wagyu brisket and porcini ragu pappardelle or the vibrant blue swimmer crab and prawn campanelle with cherry tomatoes and chilli oil. Sharing both dishes with a date is highly recommended for the ultimate dining experience.

@belsheridan Honeslty 100% recommend Louie in coogee! #newinsydney #sydneyrestaurants #sydneyfoodspots #placestovisitinsydney ♬ could you be loveddd – sophi

Louie also offers a carefully curated drinks menu. Wine enthusiasts can explore a selection of Italian varieties and local wines, including Doom Juice. For cocktail lovers, the restaurant presents six signature cocktails, such as the burnt pineapple and chilli Margarita and the classic French Martini. Local beers are available as well. To satisfy your sweet tooth, Louie serves house-made gelato and light and airy tiramisu, with a Weis bar-inspired dessert soon to be introduced.

But the evolution doesn’t stop there. Louie is expanding its outdoor seating to accommodate 25 guests, providing glimpses of the sparkling waters nearby. Sunday sessions, featuring drink specials and live music, have already kicked off, with plans to introduce food specials in the near future.

If you find yourself at Louie, you’ll feel transported to an Italian summer holiday while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere, delicious food, and carefully curated natural wines. Whether you’re a Coogee local or visiting the area, Louie promises an unforgettable dining experience, where any night feels like a Friday.

@stephaniedoess divine new restaurant in Sydney’s east. @ Louie in Coogee, Italian food on point and service to match #sydneyrestaurants #foodtok #sydneyeats #easternbeaches #coogee #placesyoumustvisitinsydney #italianfood #fyp #sydneyfood #thingsido ♬ La dolce vita (In via Veneto) – Remastered 2017 – Carlo Savina

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Published 7-June-2023