St Leonards is fast becoming one of the North Shore’s most exciting dining precincts, with news that another award-winning restaurant is set to open its doors in mid-September.

Coya, run by executive chef and author Ashraf Saleh, opened its door to the Northern Beaches community of Cromer back in 2016 to highlight Ashraf’s Middle Eastern heritage and culinary training from France. In fact, Ashraf’s inventive menu even won the establishment a ‘Best New Restaurant’ Sydney Metropolitan Award the following year.

“Coya is not your average neighbourhood restaurant. We use a blend of fresh Australian produce with interesting Middle Eastern flavours,” Ashraf explains.

“This combined with classic French cooking techniques has led to a carefully curated menu that highlights how food can transport you beyond your dining table, in the best possible way.”

Coya head chef Ashraf Saleh has his second cook book coming out in October

Over the years Coya has played host to celebrities and politicians, both from Australia and abroad. And, of course, a dedicated following of locals.

With the lease up at their Cromer location, the Coya team are excited to make the move to the North Shore hub of St Leonards.

The best news of all for foodies, is that Chef Ashraf explores unique, interesting flavours and spices and then takes you on a foodie journey via degustation menus. Using only the best market produce of the day, you can choose from a 4-course tasting menu, a six-course carnivore or herbivore degustation, a 9-course menu, and an epic 13-course meal.

“Each course is bright, beautiful, fresh, precisely calibrated and artfully plated,” Ashraf tells us. “The menus are transformed every 6-8 weeks, so there’s always something to surprise and delight.

Shop 2, 567 Pacific Highway St Leonards
Phone: (02) 9981 7053

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