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.
Market Lane has become the new café haven of Manly over the past few years, with two local institutions, Fika Swedish Kitchen and Market Lane Café, sitting on either side of Manly Library. But now the holy trinity has been formed, with the latest edition of Bare Naked Bowls. Unlike the usual Manly café menu of poached eggs, avocado toast, muesli and various baked goods (which I am all very fond of), Bare Naked Bowls has brought a new and highly anticipated concept to the Manly food scene – delicious, healthy superfoods with a focus on local produce, nutrition and doing good, with 10% of Bare Naked Bowls profits going towards International Brothers and Sisters House, a charity that supports orphaned children in developing nations. Needless to say, both the local and broader-Sydney response has been overwhelming, with people pouring in from early in the morning to well into the afternoon and others placing in their takeaway orders to enjoy on the beachfront. The most popular menu item are their range of Acai bowls, but other menu items include muesli or chia breakfast bowls, superfood smoothies, salads, raw vegan desserts and coffee/tea. Continue reading
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.
I’ve cooked a few recipes from Anna Jones’ new cookbook ‘A Modern Way to Cook’, and this recipe is the best so far! It’s the kind of dish that uses only everyday, pantry staples so can be whipped up rather simply without a trip to the shops. After making flatbreads from scratch for the first time using this very basic recipe, I don’t think I’ll ever buy store-bought ones again, and I’m sure you will agree once you try these light, fluffy and flavoursome flatbreads. I chose to use Greek yogurt as opposed to warm water and it was so delicious I think I’ll stick to it every time. The flatbreads are perfectly complemented by the slowly cooked onions, peppers & mint which become such a lovely and sweet concoction. Anna suggests crumbling a little feta cheese on top before serving, which I did, and this worked so well and added a nice hint of saltiness and creaminess.
I have never been a huge fan of banana bread. I feel like it’s only on the menu of a lot of cafes because it ‘has to be’ and usually isn’t made in-house. However, when I was driving through the lower North Shore suburb of Sydney, Northbridge, and needed a quick, nutritious breakfast to-go, I couldn’t help but notice this gorgeous hole-in-the-wall cafe pumping out takeaway coffees to locals.
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.
Iku Wholefood is one of my favourite places in Sydney to grab a quick and healthy lunch. Their menu is completely vegan, as well as additive, preservative & GM free, so you are guaranteed a wholesome and nourishing meal! I’m always surprised at how well priced the food is too, considering the quality of the ingredients!
This is a great little cafe in Chippendale serving up simple, homely food to locals. Its graffiti covered outside walls, milk crate chairs lining the curb, old school tunes played on vinyl and the scent of freshly ground coffee make this a little oasis in the urban environment of Chippendale.
About Life is a fantastic marketplace chain in Sydney that includes a wholefoods cafe, supermarket and natural pharmacy at each store. The menu caters to all, from meat-eaters to vegans, making it a great option for those who sometimes struggle to find a cafe that caters to their dietary requirements. About Life do an amazing job of creating some of the healthiest, tastiest and innovative dishes, from banana and sweet potato hotcakes, vegan scrambled cauli-bowl, to the cacao chilli beef superfood burrito! These crazy flavour combinations somehow always seem to work, as I’ve always loved my lunches here, and my sceptical mum did too!