Armed with a map, I arrive at Manly Wharf excited to take on three restaurants in one night. Guerrilla Eats' A Moveable Feast is a progressive dining experience where you walk to three different Manly venues within strolling distance of each other. So how does it work? You pay $79 in advance, and you get an entree with a matching drink at Havana Beach, a main and a drink at 4 Pines Brewing, finishing with a dessert at Hemingway's.
We start at Havana Beach, a cosy bar and restaurant with a great view of Manly Beach and a casual vibe to match. To begin, the pork & pickle sliders are very substantial for an entree. The pulled pork is super smokey from their housemade BBQ sauce and it's definitely the hero of the dish.
The other entree we order is the chargrilled corn with chipotle aioli, rolled in parmesan and garnished with coriander. That charred flavour on the corn is so delicious, as is the spicy aioli.
For our beverages, we can't go past the mojitos. The Mojito Royale is a concoction of Havana Club 3 Anos, lime, mint, sugar, soda and sparkling wine. I go for the Lychee Mojito, which instead of sparkling wine has lychee liqueur. They're both refreshing and a great accompaniment for the entrees. I'm actually grateful that there's a short walk required in between courses, allowing us to walk off our entrees before we tackle mains.
We stroll over to 4 Pines Brewing Company where it's abuzz with people enjoying pub grub with a beer in hand. I decide to have the fish & chips, which is enormous. The fish has a light Kolsch batter and the chunky chips are exactly how they should be - crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. My only qualm would be that it's served with aioli and not tartare sauce. I like aioli a lot, but I feel like fish & chips calls for tartare.
The veal schnitzel is potentially even more enormous than the fish & chips. The accompanying baby potatoes are sautéed in spices that I can't quite put my finger on. Regardless, they're good, albeit a touch undercooked. The veal schnitzel is crumbed in fresh bread, parmesan and parsley.
I also see the Manly mega burger making its rounds and am in awe of its size. I'm pretty certain it's the biggest burger I've seen in Sydney.
As for the drinks, we order a Kolsch and a cider for me (because I'm not a beer-drinker). Lo and behold, I've found my new favourite cider. This 4 Pines cider is seriously good. You can taste the freshness of the apple with that fermented cider taste lingering at the end. It's almost like drinking a sparkling apple juice. I'm hugely into cider, so I'll be making this my go-to cider from now on. I hope bars across Sydney will catch up on this and get it on tap as soon as humanly possible.
Last but not least is a stop at Hemingway's, where we have the Snickers dessert. It's like a frozen version of the famed Snickers bar. What you get is a multi-textural plate of peanut butter parfait, peanut butter powder, chocolate mousse, chocolate crumb, caramel, and vanilla ice cream. It's a well-thought out dessert.
I love the literary theme at Hemingway's - the menu is glued into old books and shelves crammed with books are on display. There's even a typewriter in the ladies bathroom.
What stood out to me on this food crawl wasn't just the adventurous spirit of progressive dining or the great food, but it was also the friendly community feel of Manly. It felt like everyone knew each other and supported each other.
Book into A Moveable Feast with your best buds or even with your partner for a fun date idea. Guerrilla Eats run various food crawls, including one that trawls through my hood Redfern.
Note: Sarah and guest were invited as guests of Guerrilla Eats.