Cafe's new owners add a bit of polish

Revamped: Aromas Cafe's new chef David Lee and Marty McKowen, co-owner, with the expanded menu. Picture: Anna Warr
Revamped: Aromas Cafe's new chef David Lee and Marty McKowen, co-owner, with the expanded menu. Picture: Anna Warr

WHEN new owners Martin McKowen and wife Ivy Fu took over Aromas Cafe in Gymea earlier this year they looked for a new chef.

That search has ended with the appointment of Malaysian-born David Lee, who arrived with an impeccable background.

Mr Lee was formerly head chef at Speedo's at Bondi before his move to Gymea, but he previously worked at Michelin Star restaurants in England and Europe, including the Four Seasons and the Savoy hotels in London and the five-star Hotel St Moritz in Switzerland.

"The focus since then has been on improving the quality of the food and the service," said Mr McKowen.

He says the menu is "modern Australian

cuisine with a mix of dishes that are reflected in the fresh new menu which keeps the old, but offers more taste choices".

"This is especially true of the breakfast menu, available until noon with some choices included in the all-day breakfast."

With a new lease of life for one of the oldest establishments along the famed restaurant strip in Gymea, and the arrival of its new chef, Mr McKowen said people were starting to call it the "New Aromas Cafe".

Details: Aromas Cafe,

2 Gymea Bay Road, Gymea.

Phone: 9524 0971.