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The Pantry Manly, Beachfront Restaurant

One of the best waterfront restaurants I’ve been to is The Pantry Manly – and if you haven’t dined here yet, I’d highly recommend you adding this to your foodie bucket list now. I recall stepping into the restaurant and being mesmerized for split second – those oceanfront views visible through the large glass windows – wow, wow and wow. What a spectacular sight to see on a beautiful, summers’ day. The Pantry Manly is an absolute beachfront restaurant, with sand right under the seated window bay… the view is simply stunning. It is also just a 2-minute walk from both Manly ferry wharf and The Corsco. If you’re looking for a breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner venue, look no further as The Pantry Manly is the one to book. Their menu is vibrant and fresh, well presented and portioned accordingly, and the prices are reasonable for what you receive, especially given the location too. We tried the crispy skin Atlantic salmon with potato mash, radish, leaf & herb salad with bearnaise sauce (AU$34) Queensland …

Japanese Funk: Daniel San Restaurant, Manly

Staying at the Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific brought me to Daniel San. Actually, curiosity also got the better of me. Great beats, cool interiors, bright lights… It was calling us for a visit. Located in the heart of Manly and opposite Manly Beach, Daniel San is a quirky restaurant experience not to be missed. With the option of outdoor dining on large communal tables, or indoors amongst the crowd, the atmosphere here is buzzing. Good music, rock n roll themed seating areas throughout, bright neon signage in different pockets of the venue and I also noticed bamboo steamer baskets decorated as light fixtures. If only my mum saw this and she’d absolutely lose it and comment that they’re suppose to be for dumplings – not for the ceiling?! Expect a Japanese fusion meal with an array of food choices on their menu; tempura, sushi, gyozas, burgers, salads, poke bowls and more. All served as fairly large portions and a great opportunity to share meals with friends. We chose: Chicken katsu curry (AU$21), ‘Karate Kid’ sushi …

Filipino Boodle Fight at Panlasang Pinoy, Kogarah

Ready for some pinoy boodle action? A boodle what you say? Back in the hey day, a boodle fight is one thought to be a meal had without using cutlery – no spoons, forks or knifes and simply using your hands. It is what filipinos would say as ‘kamayan‘ which translated, is ‘eating with your hands’. It is a time in the military where food would be placed on top of a long banana leaf-lined table, and the troops would stand side-by-side as a senior officer would announce for the team to “commence the boodle fight.” Yes, it’s true. Sounds like a made up story, but apparently a boodle fight was part of our history. To be honest, it reminds me of how family gatherings would be. I grew up in a Filipino household, not having regular traditional boodle fights, but kamayan dining more often than not. So a visit to Sydney’s Panlansang Pinoy Kogarah restaurant was one I was prepared for… ready and waiting (to fill my empty stomach that is). This experience had …

Dural’s Hidden Gem: Lunch at Wild Pear Cafe

Wild Pear Cafe in Dural has been my go-to for breakfast every so often and I’ve always said we’ll book ourselves in for lunch at some point. So here we are returning once again, this time to enjoy their delicious lunch menu. One of my highlights each time we visit, is Wild Pear Cafe’s outdoor dining. On a sunny weekend afternoon, you have the option of either indoor or outdoor seating – pending if they’re not already at capacity. That view over the nursery is such a peaceful respite and gives you that little bit of greenery for a view, so why wouldn’t you want to sit on their undercover deck? I’ve personally found it feels a little more quieter on the deck too, rather than indoors. Our orders are taken promptly and service was very quick over the weekend. The trick for us (and the trick for you) is to arrive before rush i.e. before midday if you can, if you’re planning to dine for lunch. Otherwise, be prepared for a slight wait for …

A View Not to Miss: The Hill Bar and Kitchen, Gerringong

The Hill Bar and Kitchen, you won my heart during our stay in the Gerringong area. What’s not to love? Epic water views over Werri Beach, modern menu dining options, and my ultimate fave, dog friendly outdoor seating too. I was quite surprised in initial passing – stopped in my tracks actually. We came from the other direction, taking a leisurely stroll with our pooch, unfamiliar with the area and then we saw The Hill Bar and Kitchen. Bummer because we had already purchased breakfast in hand, wishing we had decided to eat here instead. That said, it turned into one of those fortunate wins. The kiosk next door where we originally purchased our breakfast from, is still part of this venue and when asked if we were able to dine here, the staff had no issues with us eating our already purchased breakfast in the outdoor area with our pooch. Thank you The Hill Bar and Kitchen, you have one happy customer and it’s well worth the review just because of this. It was …