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Coast 89 – Toowoon Bay


Mum moved to the Central Coast a few months back, to enjoy the coastal life. Any time that we go to visit we try and squeeze in a visit to Coast 89. Initially just for breakfast, they have a great breakfast menu.  It wasn’t until our 4th or 5th visit that we went for dinner. We were glad that we did. There dinner menu was short and simple, with almost everything on the menu sounding delicious. We started out with some bread, my step dad loves garlic bread, and with two different choices, we had to try both. Next out was the oysters and spring rolls. I wished the spring rolls had come with a Hoisin or a Nuoc Cham rather than the sesame sauce which was a little overpowering. When the mains came, every one was happy with their choices and how they tasted. On to desert…

One interesting thing to note, the cakes and pies were made by a couple of local ladies. The cakes are not available to purchase directly from these ladies and they appear to only make cakes for local establishments. I’m not sure if this is true, but if anyone knows the owners or the cake ladies, I would love to know the story of how the arrangement came about. Now, I like my deserts, so when I say to you that these cakes are some of the best that I have had, I’m pretty confident you will also enjoy them.


Coast89 - Window

Window –

A view out one of the windows looking out on to the side street where there are a few other restaurants.

Coast89 - Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread  $5 – 

Who doesn’t love garlic bread? These two slices of bread had been buttered then toasted giving the butter a nutty taste.

Coast89 - Herb Bread

Pesto Mozzarella Bread $5 –  

Turkish bread with pesto and mozzarella

Coast89 - Spring Rolls

Duck Spring Rolls $14 –

These bad boys were tongue burning hot when they came out. The taste was more subtle than what I was expecting from a spring roll made with duck, they were oily but managed to stay crispy.

Coast89 - Oysters Kilpatrick

Half Dozen Oysters Kilpatrick $14 – 

Look at all that bacon on those shells!

Coast89 - Fish

Grilled lemon pepper Barramundi with potato crisps and a pear, Parmesan and rocket salad $28 –

Tender Barramundi on crispy potato’s; those potato’s are cooked so that the edges are super crispy whilst having fluffy centers .

At first glance I thought the two things on top of the fish were figs, nope, capers. I had one of those moments, where you are eating one thing but thinking it is another. At first you taste what you think you are eating until your taste buds disagree with your brain and correct the issue. I loved the experience.


Coast89 - Chicken

Pumpkin, spinach and Brie Stuffed Chicken, wrapped in prosciutto $32 – 

I can not, not order something that is wrapped in prosciutto. This chicken breast had Brie oozing out of its center which added to the creamy sauce already on the plate.

Coast89 - Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms filled with sun-dried tomatoes, capsicum, pumpkin, ricotta, spinach and Parmesan $22 –

It is great to find a vegetarian dish on a menu that can hold its own. The mushrooms were cooked perfectly and had absorbed the flavour of the toppings; the ricotta topping gave a creaminess to  go with the meatiness of the mushrooms.

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie $9.50 – 

Well constructed with a generous meringue to lemon curd ratio, always a favourite for me.

Coast89 - Banoffi Pie

Banoffi Pie  $9.50 –

OK, this was AMAZING! Everyone at the table was jealous of my selection, doubly so after they had tried it. The banana was still yellow and firm which cut through the richness of the other components and the cookie base had crumble and crunch. Having ice cream with the pie was overkill, but it is dessert, one of the few times overkill is encouraged

Coast89 - Cherry Ripe Cheesecake

Cherry Ripe Cheesecake  $9.50 –

Decent, nothing note worthy, but I suspect it had to contend with the other deserts out there on the day and was outshone by the others. Still a gorgeous desert on its own and would order it if the others were not available. And yes that is crumbled Cherryripe on the top of the cake.

Coast89 - Sign

Coast 89

89 Toowoon Bay Road

Toowoon Bay 2261

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1 Comment

  • Reply Helen (Grab Your Fork) February 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    lol I reckon with a bit of local investigation you could find out about the secret cake lady mafia. haha. can’t beat a good banoffee pie!

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