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Published May 30th 2015
Have a stress-free and cosy experience, whatever you do here
After walking around the iconic Manly Beach, my friend and I found Manly Wharf Hotel right on the the esplanade of Manly Wharf. Our first reaction was: "Gosh, it's absolutely packed, let's try this place!"
view from our seats (before someone sat there and blocked our view)
Manly Wharf Hotel was very organised in terms of where exactly everything had to be, from food pickup station to food ordering station to wine ordering station. It's even separated into Main Bar, Sports Bar, Harbour Bar and Jetty Bar. There were also outdoor smoking sections, general seating sections (best for the families), drinking sections, over 18s sections and a couple more that I wasn't bothered to check out.
before we decided to sit outside to avoid kids screaming next to our table
To our surprise, our food was ready within about 10 minutes, which meant that Manly Wharf Hotel must have about a dozen chefs to cater for all these people. And trust me, there were at least 100 people inside this hotel.
My friend had a "char-grilled 300g scotch fillet" with chips, garden salad and a choice of sauce mushroom or pepper (meal is gluten free without sauce). She was surprised to see such generous amounts of salad in a separate bowl, rather than most hotels that would simply place a small slab of salad on the side. She said that although she ordered the meat to be cooked medium, it came out a bit more similar to being medium rare. Nevertheless, it still had lots of flavours in it, especially with the mushroom sauce, which had generous remnants of mushrooms in it. All in all, a hearty warm meal while sitting next to a heater in a loud and merry ambience.
I had a "slow braised pork ribs"- 500g pork ribs with house made BBQ basting, fennel & corn coleslaw and sweet potato wedges. I found it quite a special and lovely surprise that it had coleslaw instead of salad, because personally I'm a massive fan of coleslaw. The mayonnaise was not too creamy to overpower the salad, but had enough flavours to give the fennel a punch. The pork ribs were perfectly cooked so that each pieces easily slipped off the bones, which saved me from the hassle and the embarrassment of picking each piece up from the bones to chew on. The BBQ basting had a balance between savoury and sweet, and had the perfect amount to accompany the pork ribs. Although I have to admit, my favourite part of the dish was the sweet potato chips. Personally, I'm not a big fan of potato chips, but I cannot stress how much I love sweet potato chips. I'll confess to you, this was one of the main reason I ordered this dish. The sweet potato chips had enough flavour by itself, so it didn't need any sauce whatsoever. They were also not too salty either, which was perfect for someone like me who prefers a meat dish with lighter accompaniment. It was sweet potato in its purest and yummiest form. I now understand why so many people would come here for their Saturday night outs- the food here is amazing and adventurous.
I have to say, kudos to the waiters and waitresses who kept coming around to ask if we needed anything. They all made sure they patrolled every table, and smiled whenever they made eye contacts with anyone. These young staff dressed in sailors definitely improved the restaurant's stress-free and cosy vibe.
To see their weeknight specials, click here. For a look at their lunch and dinner menu, click here. For their wine list, click here. For their cocktail menu, click here. Last and certainly not least, for their burger, liquor and lobster menu, click here. I would definitely recommend you checking this menu out first, as it contains $10 burgers, $16 liquors and $15 lobsters. Yep, you read that right!
Manly Wharf Hotel also offers functions and events. To view their functions package, click here. This hotel also offers a myriad of entertainment options, from DJs to Monday Night Movies to footy nights. For a look at "what's on at Manly Wharf Hotel," click here.
Now step into Sydney's hotspot of Manly and enjoy everything that Manly Wharf Hotel has to offer!