A Weekend in Manly

  9 February 2016

Manly, NSW

I never thought I’d say this but I am absolutely in love with Manly. I can’t handle the ferry because of my crazy sea sickness but after spending the weekend exploring I can now say that I will willingly travel to Manly via 2 buses to get there! The beaches are clean, the people are friendly and the restaurants and cafes are bloody amazing. So hey, read on and see for yourself!

The Boathouse Shelly Beach, Manly

For a beautiful brunch overlooking the water, head to The Boathouse Shelly Beach (1 Marine Pde, Manly) and start off with a dozen Sydney rock with native lime vinaigrette ($3.50each).

The Boathouse Shelly Beach, Manly

The Tuna Cracker ($26) is almost too pretty to eat! The cracker is crisp but still able to hold its shape without disintegrating and is topped with ruby red slices of juicy tuna. The splotches of creamy anchovy mayo has me instantly hooked and the hit of spice from the green chilli is brought down a notch from the fresh coriander and salty dabs of olive puree.

The Boathouse Shelly Beach, Manly

Ange chooses the Trout board ($26) which comes with a jar of creamy trout pate with a heap of dill, a pile of silky smooth sliced trout, a tub of crème fraiche and thick slices of sonoma miche to slather everything on. It tastes like summer and is the perfect meal that won’t leave you with a heavy feeling.

The Boathouse Shelly Beach, Manly

I could’ve opted for a light meal buuut I really wanted the Green Spaghetti ($29) that came packed with juicy pippies and scampi. The spinach spaghetti has the perfect bite and I made sure to swirl forkfuls into that gloriously rich garlic butter sauce!

The Boathouse Shelly Beach, Manly

Oh and we ordered a basket of Chips ($9) with aioli because well, who doesn’t like chips at the beach!?

Manly, NSW

Have a nap at Shelly Beach or sign up for the 2 hour Ecotreasures Manly Snorkeling Tour ($65/adult, $40/child). The tour starts at Shelly headland lower lookout and includes all snorkel gear and wetsuits if needed, as well as snorkel lessons. The Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve is a sheltered habitat and is a ‘no take’ marine zone, it was pretty amazing to see so many fish and so close to shore!

Manly, NSW

Take the Cabbage Tree Bay Eco-Sculpture Walk from Shelly Beach towards Manly Beach which is approx 15mins and perfect for all ages.

Manly, NSW

Relax and take a dip at the Fairy Bower baths

The Herring Room, Manly

Feeling peckish? Lunch at The Herring Room (94 Pittwater Rd, Manly) will blow you away, the Squid ink & egg yolk ravioli is a must order!

Papi Chulo, Manly

For the carnivores, head to Papi Chulo (22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly) and order yourself the Ranger’s Valley wagyu F1 brisket, (300 gm) ($36). And the Papi Chulo Burger ($20) because it is fricken amazing.

DanielSan, Manly

Or if you’re after something lighter, Daniel San (55 North Steyne, Manly) has got you covered for all your sashimi needs. P.s the Sticky Goma Lamb Ribs ($25) from the Robata are finger licking delicious.

Manly, NSW

The 2016 Australian Open of Surfing will be held from February 27th to March 6th so if you’ve still got some energy to burn, sign up for a 2 hour surf lesson ($70/adult, $55/child) with Manly Surf School (North Steyne Rd, Manly). I absolutely loved the class, we had a great instructor who was super patient and encouraging and yep I managed to catch a few waves! Me! The most uncoordinated person in the world!

Manly, NSW

There were volleyball nets set up but I was absolutely wiped and decided to park myself on the sand and rest 😛

Manly, NSW

Sunset Sabi, Manly

We headed back to Novotel to freshen up before it was time for a cheeky beverage or two… Sunset Sabi (26-28 Pittwater Road, Manly) is pretty rocking on a weekend, the cocktails are a winner and the Caramel, chilli, seaweed Popcorn ($7) is crazy addictive and the perfect bar snack. For something more substantial, try the Super Chicken ($12), bite sized pieces of southern fried style popcorn chicken that is just perfect with the yuzu crème dipping sauce.

Chica Bonita, Manly

Or head to local fave, Chica Bonita (7 The Corso, Manly) for the off menu mega drink: The Lagerita! A deliciously refreshing alcoholic concoction of a margarita and a Corona! 

Chica Bonita, Manly

The Carne Asada Fries ($13) are my weakness, golden fries are smothered in melty cheese, juicy nubbins of steak, creamy guacamole and tomato salsa.

Cured, Manly

And then there’s newly opened Cured, (42 Market Ln, Manly) which will tempt you with charcuterie and cheese boards with delicious (and affordable) wines by the glass.

Hugos, Manly

Head to Hugos Manly (Manly Wharf) for modern Italian food with an unbeatable view. They don’t take bookings so be sure to get there early!

Hugos, Manly

ChocolateSuze visited Manly as a guest of Destination NSW

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8 thoughts on “A Weekend in Manly”
  1. I love Manly but wish it wasn’t so far away and there’s always traffic on the weekends 🙁 mm that carne asada fries looks insanely delicious!

  2. Isaac says:

    God, the super chicken bites with yuzu sound awesome. Im so keen to go back to Papi…

  3. Chris says:

    I still haven’t been to Papi yet, that brisket is making me drool!

  4. I lurve Manly! When I grow up and win Lotto I want to live there. Chips on the beach is the law, so luckily you ordered them 😉

  5. I love Manly! Hubby grew up surfing their before he moved to Coffs and met me so whenever we’re in Sydney there is always a trip to Manly for him and Bondi for me! Love all these delicious meals!!

    Thanks so much for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

  6. Those loaded fries are awesome. And I could totally do with a lagerita right now!

  7. I was going to say those chips at boathouse looks amazing
    AND then.. bam you introduce me to: Carne Asada Fries
    I WANT!!

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