The Coast’s latest waterfront Greek restaurant & bar
Tara Senam and the Meraki Group have done it again with Kefi, a waterfront Greek restaurant, bar, and event space in Koolewong. With its picturesque location and fresh Greek cuisine, Kefi promises to be the Central Coast's summer hotspot.
If you've been curious about the untapped potential of the Koolewong Marina, Kefi has arrived to provide the answer. Over the years, the space has sat in anticipation, having seen various concepts make their mark, yet none managing to captivate the local community. Senam’s dream of a Greek restaurant that pays homage to her heritage has found the perfect home at Koolewong Marina.
Kefi is ready to set sail, boasting an interior that evokes the coastal charm of Mykonos, featuring white stucco, tiled floors, and abundant greenery.
“The space has had a bright facelift. The interior was very dark when we took over. It’s now definitely more bright and welcoming,” Tara said.
With its floor-to-ceiling windows offering picturesque marina views, it's the perfect setting for leisurely long lunches, relaxed dinners, and evening drinks that extend into the night. Tara's father, Michael, and fiancé, Adam, played pivotal roles in this transformation.
“We always make a formidable team in designing and building all our venues.”
Head Chef Maurizio Santoni's menu at Kefi is a blend of traditional and modern Greek dishes.
“We’ll be serving all the classics from Chargrilled octopus souvlaki, skordalia, herb emulsion to Lamb keftedes with oregano, feta, and tomato, accompanied by a diverse range of seafood and vegetarian options.”
Enjoy Ossetra Malossol Greek Caviar on a potato gratin, mascarpone, and herbs, while enjoying a curated selection of wines and cocktails, all with a view of the passing boats and sleepy pelicans. You can choose to add a glass of Billiecart Champagne or a shot of Black Belvedere Vodka.
For those who prefer not to make decisions, Kefi also offers a selection of two tasting menus.
It’s been a joy to watch the transformation process of the space on Tara’s socials, from choosing the wallpaper and light fittings, and even asking for help from her “friends, followers and fans” (as she jokingly put it), on how to pick up a cactus.
It's Tara's unfiltered enthusiasm and chutzpah that underpin her commitment to the hospitality industry, driving her passion to leave a lasting imprint on the Coast.
Having seen countless individuals enter the scene with deep pockets but no concept, while others, like Tara, understand the importance of starting with a well-crafted menu and identifying the gaps in the local offerings. This, indeed, is the key to achieving success in the restaurant business – give the punters what they want.
Yet, the enchantment lies in finding the perfect idea, bringing it to life, and ensuring your dream thrives, all while making sure your team is on board for the journey. One team. One dream.
It’s a good problem to have, as Kefi, translating to ‘joy, spirit, and passion’ in Greek, is a reflection of Meraki’s core values and commitment to sourcing the finest produce, even welcoming daily deliveries of local oysters via boat.
Speaking of boats, if you're aiming for a grand entrance, access the restaurant via water taxi or on your own fancy cruiser. Just remember to keep your balance, watch your step, and don’t do a Jennifer Coolidge.
In her spare moments, Senam also champions young entrepreneurs and embodies persistence by, literally, stepping into the boxing ring.
Despite the recent blows the hospitality industry has taken, the Meraki Group has come out swinging, and we’re all in their corner.
There's plenty of guest parking available at Kefi, and the Woy Woy train station is located just a short hop away, making it the perfect dining destination, just beyond the Spike Milligan bridge. Opa!