This week The Hubby & I jumped on our bikes again and headed toward the other end of town from Darley Road to tick off Ironbark Manly from our list. Ironbark has been in the same location on Pittwater Road since I have lived in Manly but even though we have been to numerous eateries all around it, we still had never ventured inside. The Hubby & I love pizza, so we were very much looking forward to trying a ‘new-to us’ pizza place. Would this be our new favourite pizza in town? We were about to find out.
On arrival, the restaurant smelled divine and had a pleasant vibe to it even though it wasn’t packed when we arrived, only three other tables of four people seated. The staff were attentive and friendly and allowed to select which table suited us best, which I always like. Now that we are photographing our food for the blog, we have learnt to find a seat with the best lighting and hopefully not too many people around us as well. Using my smart phone at the dinner table, very much goes against my commitment to being present with those around you… so The Hubby & I work together to quickly set up and snap the photos without fussing about too much. We have gotten quite speedy but are still working on the quality of our photos. Let us know if you have any tips… Continue reading :: Ironbark :: inventive pizza menu
This week The Hubby and I were feeling like heading to one of our old favourites… Jipang, the Japanese noodle house located in the Henry Roth arcade. Their location in the arcade is a busy thruway, between the Corso and library, where you can sit, eat and watch Manly walk by. The staff lovingly wear an Australian flag bandana for headwear as part of their uniform, a small touch that distinguishes the eatery and makes me smile too. The Hubby & I were after a quick, cheap and satisfying meal which we knew Jipang would deliver. Plus, we rate their Gyoza – Japanese style dumplings (6pc) as some of the best in town… I’ve been known to just pop in and order a plate of gyoza simply to satisfy a craving…delicious!
Jipang is unofficially split into three different dining areas with a handful of tables inside the small eatery, seating at the bar overlooking the action in the kitchen and lastly seating outside in the arcade thruway. When we arrived, we were able to grab a table inside and immediately started pondering the menu. The gyoza’s were an automatic order but we also included The Hubby’s new staple the Agedashi Gyoza – deep fried dumplings in soy flavoured sauce. He use to always order the Agedashi Tofu but once the gyoza version was spotted, he hasn’t looked back. I finally decided on the Mixed Tempura Udon – prawn tempura (2pcs), kakiage tempura (1pc) & some vege tempura for a main and The Hubby went with a split order of the Jipang Chahan – fried rice & a bowl of clear soup and Karaage Chicken – marinated deep fried chicken. It was an unusual order for The Hubby, and I was initially concerned that he did not order enough food which would put my noodles in jeopardy… sharing was not part of the plan tonight for the mains.. ha ha. Continue reading :: Jipang :: earn your local badge
Holy Cow! We have now successfully complied the list of all the Eateries in Manly and are blown away by how many there actually are! Have a look and see how many have you been to…
The list is still a work in progress and we welcome comments on any updates needed. We utilised the HelloManly list, the Urban Walkabout Manly map as well as hitting the streets on our pushies to make sure we had recorderd all the Eateries. Trying to classify the cuisine for some places was a little bit challenging, so comment if anything needs to be amended. Also, we had a great suggestion by a lovely friend to note which restuarants are BYO. You will see a few question marks where it was inconclusive from our research, so again, comment if you can advise which way or the other. If you eat out a lot, the costs can add up quickly, so BYO eateries are certainly sought after by us Locals. The list will be very handy for The Hubby & I on our mission but also for the community, so please share with your Northern Beaches mates!
I found it interesting to see how many Italian, Mexican and Asian choices we have in our little seaside village. Especially since only 3 years ago there was hardly any Mexican in Sydney itself and now we have several options in Manly alone! We truly are very lucky to have such a range of yumminess available to us and all in walking/cycling distance too, amazing! This project is already making me appreciate Manly more than I already did… Plus, I taught myself a new skill by learning how to build a table in HTML! Love it!
The Hubby & I are out tomorrow for our Thursday night dinner mission, no decision on which restaurant we will tick off the list yet, but we will post the review on Saturday! Stay tuned…