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 only need to see the words tahini, falafel and figs on a menu and I’m sold. To me, Mediterranean style food is perfectly balanced and utterly delicious, always bursting with fresh flavours like lemon, pomegranate molasses and lots of fresh herbs. After falling in love with this, I suppose, ‘modern’ Mediterranean food from eating at Ottolenghi and Honey & Co. in London and feasting in the Marais area of Paris, discovering Kepos Street Kitchen has been so exciting and heart-warmingly reminiscent of my travels.
A new restaurant has popped up on Whistler Street in Manly, and it’s already a local favourite! Creating a very NYC Little Italy vibe just off Manly Corso, Pocket Pizza is a cosy joint with red and white tablecloths, neon signage, exposed brickwork, succulent plants and black & white photographs streaming the walls. The highlight though is, of course, the food! Not only do Pocket Pizza pump out fresh, delicious pizza, but they also make some of the best salads and desserts! Gluten-free options are also aplenty which makes makes dining out in a group that much easier. Perfect for lunch or dinner, I recommend eating in to soak up the atmosphere and good tunes or taking away to the beachfront or harbour side.
Sitting by the big glass windows overlooking Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge, with trains passing by, rattling along the tracks, and the smart, white-shirted waitstaff diligently topping up glasses of wine by the carafe, as you admire the horseshoe bar, French tiling and the light hues of the decor, you are transported to seaside Nice.
Fika has become one of the most popular cafes in Manly for locals and tourists alike, and rightly so. The delightfully bright and cosy space with colour pops of yellow & blue, the glass cabinet filled with fresh cinnamon buns and the gorgeous, smiling Swedish owners creates such a wonderful atmosphere that will certainly keep you coming back as a regular. The quality of Fika’s food, staying true to its Swedish roots, creates such a delicious, interesting menu that really does bring a piece of Sweden to Manly.
The Marly is a local favourite in Newtown, serving up delicious food, local Young Henry’s beer and hosting a heap of awesome gigs. Whether you’re enjoying drinks at the bar, sitting down to a nice burger with some mates after work or watching a band downstairs at the Marly Bar, you’ll be guaranteed a good night in this wonderfully laid back, local pub.
The Manly Wharf Hotel is a bit of a Manly institution, and is one of the first places you see as you chug your way into Manly on the ferry. The simple, classic Aussie menu, featuring salads, burgers, fish & chips, wood-fired pizzas plus plenty of specials, is sure to please everyone. And of course nothing can beat the spectacular water views you will enjoy, whether you’re sitting inside or out on the pier.
Felix is a classic French-style bistro, nestled in the laneways of Sydney’s CBD. It is incredible how well the Merivale group have managed to create such a convincing replica of a classic French brasserie, that really does make you think twice what continent you’re on. The French chandeliers, fringed lamps, Parisian subway tiles, the long-stretched bar, piles of freshly chucked oysters, champagne bottles sitting on ice, and a wine cellar you’ll be dreaming about for days, create such a wonderful atmosphere that is only outdone by the food itself!