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Monday, March 19, 2012

Getting Manly in Sydney

Rock oysters
Grilled halloumi cheese with fresh mint
Tagliatelle with calamari, butter, chilli and pangrittata
Grilled sardine fillets, bread, tomato sauce, lemon and pesto
Grilled barramundi fillet with fries, lemon and tartar sauce.
Homemade (half-eaten) breads
Delicious (half-eaten) truffled salami
(Partially eaten) banoffee pie
Interior and view of Manly Beach
LOCATION: The Pantry Manly, Ocean Promenade North Steyne, Manly Beach, Sydney
CATEGORY: Brunch, lunch/dinner, farm to table
DRINK: Pasquale Pinot Gris (2010) Waitaki Valley
WE THINK: Housed in the 100-year old Manly Beach House, The Pantry Manly is situated right on the fringe of the golden sands of Manly beach with tremendous views of the ocean and the surfers in it. This is no doubt the best place in Manly to enjoy white wine and oysters while drying off after eating it on a surfboard (or just dipping your toes in the water). We were hungry from all our manly activities and ordered some halloumi and delicious oysters to start with, followed by 3 mains of which the barramundi was simple but fantastic, the grilled sardines also delicious and the squid pasta with pangrittata a bit "meh" (confusing cheese and squid combo). After that, we returned to the starters and ordered some really terrific home-baked breads and a yummy truffel salami, finishing off the meal with banoffee pie--always a winner.
OUR TIP: We hear that the Pantry Mantry also serves a great brunch, so it would seem that taking an early ferry from Circular Quay to Manly and having some eggs and mimosas here is a pretty decent way to start a day on the beach.

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