Little Shop of Waffles

Inside Little Shop of Waffles, Sydney’s only bubble waffle café

June 3, 2021

The first thing you notice about the Little Shop of Waffles is the smell. It’s sweet – like sugar and batter – reminding me of Sunday’s spent baking in my Nan’s kitchen. The big difference being my Nan never made bubble waffles and until a few weeks ago, I had never even heard of them. […]

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Review: The Bistro at Manly Pavilion skews Italian with new chef

April 19, 2021

Manly Pavilion holds a special place in the Northern Beaches. There are of course many time-tested institutions in the area, but few can boast the same sparkling, impressively serene location of this venue. Perched on the water’s edge, in a restored heritage building, it’s rightfully a top choice for long-lunches, evening cocktails, and more relaxed […]

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BunBar: the new Manly joint challenging how we think about burgers

February 6, 2020

A new burger bar concept has emerged in Manly, rethinking the very idea of what a burger could be, by focusing on the bun. It’s no surprise that more and more burger lovers are swapping traditional carb-heavy buns for healthier alternatives, such as the ubiquitous naked lettuce wraps. BunBar seems to thrive on this evolution, […]

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Atmospheric Mexican joint El Camino Cantina opens on Manly Wharf

November 13, 2018

Rockpool’s energetic Mexican concept El Camino Cantina has expanded to a spacious waterfront eatery in Manly, with promises to equal the good vibes that made The Rocks original such a hit when it opened. Making the rooftop on Manly Wharf its new home, the Tex Mex joint promises frozen margaritas, taco Tuesdays and sunset soirees just […]

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Merivale trades Papi Chulo for Queen Chow on Manly Wharf (Sydney)

July 15, 2018

Based on the success of Merivale’s Enmore debut, the hospitality group have now opened a second location for their Cantonese kitchen Queen Chow, which moves into the former digs of waterfront meat-sweat haven Papi Chulo. Patrick Friesen and Eric Koh are aiming for “classic neighbourhood Cantonese” inspired by the way the diverse cuisine is recreated […]

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Merivale will close Manly’s Papi Chulo to make way for a new Queen Chow (Sydney)

April 8, 2018

Merivale will say goodbye to Manly Wharf’s beloved Papi Chulo on Sunday 29 April, to make way for Queen Chow in the coming months. With Queen Chow’s Enmore location an undeniable hit for the hospitality group, the crew will be swapping those waterfront meat sweats for Cantonese cuisine. “We have had a lot of fun at […]

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Manly Greenhouse is Sydney’s new three-storey beachfront restaurant and bar

February 28, 2018

Manly is about to get a leafy new beachfront bar and restaurant from the same team behind Sails on Lavender Bay. Manly Greenhouse will be a multi-storey venue taking over the former Shore Club Hotel and transforming the venue with a very open, free-spirited aesthetic reflecting the natural beauty of the coastal suburb. In an […]

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World’s Best Steak winners Jack’s Creek to host special six-course dinner in Manly (Sydney)

October 10, 2017

It’s safe to say that when you hear the name Jack’s Creek you are guaranteed a good steak. In fact, you’re guaranteed the world’s best. Three times they’ve taken out top honours in the World’s Best Steak international competition, proving that their superior produce coming from NSW is truly special for those who love a […]

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Review: The Bistro at Manly Pavilion finally does the heritage listed building justice (Sydney)

October 10, 2017

It’s a mystery why a number of restaurants have failed in this exceptional heritage listed building overlooking the sparkling waters of Manly, with different iterations of the former bathing pavilion over the past couple of years not quite sticking the landing. Though it’s tempting to place a fine dining establishment in this stunning space, perhaps […]

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Peter Kuruvita hooks up with Novotel Manly for one-off sustainable seafood feast (Sydney)

October 5, 2017

Celebrity Chef Peter Kuruvita has linked up with beachside property Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific to offer guests a special seafood feast this month. The event, dubbed Seafood from the Heart, will feature five courses of dishes making use of a range of fresh seafood including wild scallop sashimi, salmon pearls, local tuna, BBQ southern calamari, […]

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Manly Spirits Co. have opened their local distillery up to the public (Sydney)

May 23, 2017

Manly locals sure are spoiled when it comes to quintessential drinking spots. They’ve got Four Pines, which remains a favourite, and now just a short stroll down from the wharf is Manly Spirits Co., the Northern Beaches very first artisan distillery. Just opened recently for public tours, tastings and cocktails, the distillery aims to welcome […]

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Beach Clubs and Hermitude: Australian Open of Surfing to bring the heat to Manly Beach (Sydney)

January 23, 2017

The make summer a bit more bearable in Sydney the 2017 Australian Open of Surfing are giving people a pretty damn good reason to head down to Manly Beach in the last days of summer. The program of free live music, food and drink they have planned alongside parties and big names of surf, skateboarding […]

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Papi Chulo launch “Who’s Your Papi?” menu (Sydney)

September 18, 2016

Manly go-to Papi Chulo, which has become one of the more popular casual dining destinations for Merivale, has edged into spring with a new three-course set menu offering going by the name of “Who’s Your Papi?”. They’ll be making this one available for three days a week, from Tuesdays through Thursdays with the option to […]

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Review: Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant & Bar – Manly (Sydney)

June 16, 2016

Nestled within Q Station, a heritage retreat and Australia’s first and oldest Quarantine Station, Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant & Bar has upped the ante with Matt Kemp at the helm. With an impressive list of lauded restaurants under his belt, Matt Kemp took on the role of Executive Chef of Q Station in March 2016. Formerly […]

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Sydney’s Manly Wharf Hotel converted into a pop up mini seaside cinema

May 28, 2015

In just a couple of days Sydneysiders will be able to watch Jaws on Manly Wharf. Could anything be more perfect? The Steven Spielberg classic will be the first of many classic shown at Manly Wharf Hotel as the seaside venue transforms into a cinema every Monday until the end of September. While Jaws launches […]

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Interview: Ryan Fogwell and Tavis Cunningham on the musical Chess

May 21, 2015

It’s hard to describe Chess, the musical composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA with lyrics by Tim Rice, with its intricate plot, complex characters and multitudinous themes of love, politics and war – one really has to see it to experience it. With such well known songs as “Anthem” and “One Night […]

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