DINNER AT COCONINE IN KINGSTON

Coconine in Kingston is a Thai restaurant on the Kingston Foreshore in Canberra.

Coconine has been part of Kingston Foreshore for a few months now but it was only recently that I had a chance to pay them a visit. I’ve walked past this restaurants many times and the delicious smells wafting through it’s wide open doors always made me hungry – even if I’d only just had dinner!

So before I left to spend a week in balmy Cairns, it was date night at Coconine.

The restaurant is large with matching décor and tables spilling out onto the boardwalk, which is great for summer. It was a busy night for the restaurant and I was doubtful that we’d get a table, but luckily there was one available outside.

Menus promptly arrived and I was surprised by the number of dishes that were on offer ( I think the numbers hit close to 100), some with funny names!

Coconine Kingston

Someone is staying clean at Coconine

Slipping in some lemon grass at Coconine

Slipping in some lemon grass at Coconine

However, the entire drinks menu fit on one A4 page with only one beer available. I didn’t pay much attention to the wines as I had already decided I was going with the beer option, but I think there were about five to six each of red and white wines available.

We decided to share an entree and opted for the fish cakes ($7.90) which came served with a side with sweet chilli sauce, which I didn’t like at all. On it’s own, the fish cakes were flavourful with mild spiciness. The sweet chilli sauce really let this dish down.

For my main I chose the pumpkin and chicken red curry with steamed rice. This dish was excellent – thick and creamy red curry, plenty of herbs and generous quantities of chicken and pumpkin. The pumpkin was bursting with flavour absorbed from the curry. I’d definitely order this dish again.

Thai pumpkin and chicken red curry

Thai pumpkin and chicken red curry

For the second main we chose a casserole seafood dish with glass noodles ($35+). The seafood included prawns, fish, scallops, soft shell crab, mussels and squid. When the dish arrived I was surprised (and disappointed) to find the seafood had been deep fried – not much of a casserole!

The glass noodles and sweet tasting sauce that came with the dish were quite nice. On any other day I might have enjoyed this dish a little bit more – but not tonight when I wasn’t feeling like any deep fried food.

Casserole seafood with glass noodles

Casserole seafood with glass noodles

Over all I enjoyed my night at Coconine and will certainly visit again as there were so many dishes on their menu that I would like to try.

After dinner we headed to Max Brenner for something sweet and got ourselves some nice hot drinks – thick Italian dark hot chocolate and a classic white hot chocolate.

White and dark hot chocolates

White and dark hot chocolates

Coconine Kingston – 3.5 stars

Address: 132/2 Trevillian Quay, Kingston ACT 2604

Ph: (02) 6162 1964

Open for lunch and dinner Tues – Sun

Website: Coconine Kingston


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