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Published June 4th 2012
Last weekend my partner and I were meeting friends in Manly for lunch. We woke up to a corker of a day – pouring rain and definitely on the chilly side of the thermometer. However, we braved it and headed to 'the other side of the Bridge'.
Now people who reside in suburbs along the Northern Beaches do generally have the reputation of never venturing into the city or beyond. But really, after the great Sunday we had over in Manly, I can kind of understand why they don't want to leave.
We took the ferry from Wharf 3 at Circular Quay and embarked for the 30 minute ferry trip to Manly. It wasn't windy so it was a nice ferry trip, even in the rain.
Once in Manly, we headed to Hugos, which is on the wharf and has a very well-deserved reputation for amazing pizzas and excellent service. Here we sat down for a couple of drinks, which then turned into a 4 hour fantastic lunch.
We had a group of 8 people, and ordered starters and main courses. My starter was a very generous serving of fried calamari with lemon and garlic aioli and it was lovely – tender and nicely crumbed. I also tried one of the starters on the specials menu, which was an oyster with a herb and crumb crust. It had a hint of pesto and was delicious.
Hugos Manly - photo courtesy of sydney.com
Now we come to the pizzas, which were definitely the star of the show. A couple of people in our group also ordered pasta, but most of us went for the pizza option, based on one of our friend's recommendations (he's a regular). I ordered the prawn pizza which is by far the best prawn pizza I've ever had – the prawns were soft and the toppings were generous. I also tried the lamb and pork belly pizza which were good, but by far the prawn pizza topped them all.
Stuffed full of food we couldn't manage desert but the wine selection was good and we stayed a bit longer. Hugos also have jugs of mulled wine and punch available – perfect for winter evening drinks. The service was fantastic, with no one ever needing to refill their water or wine glasses, and food service well-timed but never rushed.
After lunch we strolled down to the beach, where the Taste of Manly food & wine festival was in full swing, and tried some great wines before heading back home on the ferry.
Manly is a great place for Sunday lunch, in good or not-so-good weather, and Hugos is a place we'll definitely be returning to.