Another new restaurant has made its way onto Market Lane, bringing a new but simple concept – cheese, cured meats and wine, with a focus on local, organic and free-range produce. Cured solves your mid-week/Friday night dilemma of not wanting to cook, presenting a relaxed, casual atmosphere in which to enjoy life’s simple pleasures (cheese and wine, of course…).
I came here for a Friday night after work with my mum, as a few weeks earlier we were dining at Café Nice and the young French waiter recommended Cured to us upon hearing we were from Manly. Needless to say, we were utterly grateful for his recommendation, as the food, wine, service and atmosphere were all impeccable.
The menu features a range of cured meats and cheeses, which upon picking, are swiftly brought to the table presented on a board with seasonal pickles, extra virgin olive oil & balsamic, fresh honeycomb, olives, crackers and single origin sourdough. We chose the duck terrine and lonza as our meats, and the Coulommiers aux Truffé Camembert and Al Malto D’Orzo Whiskey as our cheeses.
As I am not a fond meat eater, I had a small taste of both meats, preferring the lonza to the terrine, as it had a lovely aroma of peppercorn and juniper berry. As for the cheese, well I just fell in love with both! I have never tried cheeses like these before, so abundant in flavour! The Camembert was soft, creamy, generously flavoured with truffle and served at the perfect temperature. The whiskey semi-hard goat/cow cheese was sensational, with a distinct flavour of whiskey that strangely complemented the cheese so well. The lovely waiter brought us a segment of the same cheese flavoured with red wine, as he could tell we were cheese enthusiasts, which we both enjoyed but I must say the whiskey was a clear favourite for me.
With such a varied meat and cheese menu, you are bound to find something that excites and interests you, not to mention the perfect glass of wine to complement it! I whole-heartedly recommend the Williams Crossing by Curly Flat Pinot Noir 2013, a superb Victorian red that I couldn’t help ordering a second glass of.
Enjoy the music, the charming French accents and the intimate table settings spilling onto Market Lane, transporting you to what I can only call a combination of Paris and New York City, then stroll along the beachside to truly top off your evening. Bon appetite!
**June 2016 update: Cured now serve breakfast! See their website for the menu. I came with a couple of friends and it was just heavenly! My almond latte and cured. brekky (seared speck, truffle brie, sous vide egg, avocado, jam and sourdough), which I changed by skipping the speck to get an extra egg, was utterly divine. My friends’ cured. roll’s were devoured! Can’t wait to come back to try more of the menu.
42 Market Lane,
Manly Beach. NSW. 2095
(ph) 9976 0698
Wednesday – Friday 4pm – late
Saturday and Sunday 3pm – late