Phew! Tick. The Eatery List is now up-to-date. Yahoo! It is looking good and very long but oooohhhh so enticing…It still does boggle the mind how many choices we have at our doorstep. Manly, you rock!
It was actually a really good exercise to help focus, align and motivate us on our mission. Thankfully, none of the restaurants that we had currently reviewed had hung up their boots…but there were some ‘old timers’ that have quietly disappeared. So I must take a moment to farewell these fine establishments… Continue reading Your Eatery List is ready
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
Have you heard of Fika? It popped up on the scene across from the Manly Library entrance just over a year ago and specialises in Swedish fare, a first for the area. Fika is a Swedish word that translates as ‘taking a break for coffee and a bite to eat’ according to the rhetoric throughout the cafe. However, the team go on to explain it is more than that… “it’s a moment to relax, to catch up with your family and to laugh with your friends. It’s making up for lost time, or part of your daily ritual. A cosy escape, or a refreshing pause. It’s the time between meals, the place between destinations. I don’t know about you, but appreciating the definition of Fika, gives me the warm and fuzzies and total resonates with me. Oh the Sweds…they are so clever! I am a sucker for Scandinavian culture though and actually make a living promoting Danish designer furniture and Swedish lighting to Architects and Interior Designers. So for our Darley Days dinner this week, The Hubby & I were looking for that cosy escape and agreed it was time to try Fika. Continue reading :: Fika Swedish Kitchen :: a kindred spirit
We were hit with a bit of indecision this week as to which restaurant we were going to tick off The List. Initially, we had settled on trying out the Yardham Taphouse but when we rocked up the lights were full beam as they had a trivia night happening. We were swapping our normal Thursday night dinner mission with Wednesday this week due to a prior engagement on Thursday. I do enjoy a good trivia night but this time around, we were looking for a more relaxed environment with warm hearty food and the bright lights really put us off at the Yardham. After a little wander around the block, we settled on Indian and walked up the stairs to Ashiana.
We have been to Ashiana before and probably frequent it the most of any Indian restaurants in Manly. There use to be at least four or five different Indian restaurants in Manly but these days there are only two. Ashiana is located on the second floor, so it is easy to miss if you don’t look closely as they don’t have the benefit of street appeal. I first heard about Ashiana back in the day when I had an English flat mate. She and her boyfriend use to eat Indian at least twice a week, which baffled me as I was more a once every four month Indian food craver…I quickly learned that the Brits had an obsession with Indian curries! Needless to say this is the last place still in business in town that she rated for their flavourful Northern Indian and regional cuisine.
When we dine at Ashiana we are going there strictly for the food and not particularly the atmosphere. The space is terribly awkward with separate rooms divided by curved archways and mix-matched schlocky furniture crammed into each area. There is so much potential to update the interiors and each time The Hubby & I dine here our minds races with ideas. Continue reading :: Ashiana :: loosen your belt buckles