Nestled in the heart of Glebe, hidden just off the main road, lies Mano Espresso.
Sit inside at the rustic wooden tables or outside and enjoy the view of the city skyline. Inside, the ceiling is half glass and half vergola. The glass has retractable sails if the sun is too hot, otherwise the glass allows the light of the day to light up the shop. The vergola means that the slates in the roof can be opened to allow the sunlight and the fresh air to come streaming in. In this unique al fresco setting, the smooth mix of jazz plays creating a cosy space to relax or socialise.
For coffee lovers this is the place to go. With a master barista at the controls, Tino will make you any coffee exactly the way you want it. A perfectionist at heart, Tino, a coffee lover himself, will make you a perfect coffee every time. Mano Espresso uses Campos Coffee and coffee flavours, as well as a range of teas and chai if they are more your speed.
Mano espresso offers a range of food to suit any taste. For a hearty breakfast there is bacon and eggs (poached, scrambled, fried or boiled), with mushrooms, tomatoes, sausages, baked beans, avocado and Turkish toast. Have the lot or choose your favourites from the list.
Bacon and tomato or mushroom and fetta omelettes served with rocket and Turkish toast.
Or maybe you would prefer the Baked Beans on Turkish Toast sprinkled with fetta and topped with basil? It is delicious and served with Tabasco (on the side) for those of you who like to spice things up.
If you prefer something lighter, Mano Espresso has something for you too. Bircher Muesli served with fresh strawberries and apple slices or fruit yoghurt – Sweet yoghurt topped with fresh strawberries, sliced apple and pear, muesli, sprinkled with nuts and drizzled with honey.
Mano espresso also serves freshly squeezed juices, made to order with your choice of fruit and vegetables: oranges, pineapple, apple, watermelon, celery, carrot, beetroot, lemon, tomato and ginger.
For lunch options, Mano Espresso offers a range of food. From a range of sandwich options that include:
Warm Chicken over Basil Pesto, avocado, garlic aioli mixed greens on Turkish bread and toasted to perfection. Fresh Salmon, cream cheese, horseradish cream, capers, red onion, rocket and sprinkled with lemon juice and toasted (this is best served on a bagel).
Maybe you would prefer a light salad:
Tuna Salad, mixed greens with canellini beans and fresh tuna drizzled with lemon dressing and served with a slice of sourdough toast. Or maybe Avocado Salad (Chicken, Salmon, Lamb can be added). Mixed greens, topped with sliced cucumber, tomato and avocado drizzled with balsamic vinegar dressing and served with a slice of sourdough toast.
For something more filling, try the warm lamb wrap, the Spanakopita or the Lasagne. The warm lamb wrap is Greek marinated lamb, caramelised onions served on mixed greens and sliced tomato with your choice of sauce (I recommend the garlic aioli, it goes perfectly).
Otherwise try the homemade Spanakopita or Lasagne, served with a small salad of mixed greens, sliced tomato and balsamic vinegar. They really are delicious and quite filling if you're feeling rather hungry.
For something more authentically Italian, try the Bruschetta. The homemade tomato, onion and garlic mix is served on sourdough toast, drizzled with olive oil and topped with bococcini cheese and basil is simply scrumptious.
The spanakopita, the lasagne, the tomato relish as well as the jam (both mixed berry and cumquat) are all homemade.
Gluten free bread and muesli is available as is soy milk.
Everything is made fresh so any food allergies can be catered for. There are also vegetarian options.
If you're new to the area or simply want to chat, talk to Tino behind the coffee machine. With his beret and quick wit, he's always ready to meet new people and welcome you into his shop. With its local flavour, Mano Espresso oozes charm. The girls behind the counter are lovely. With a smile, great food and service makes this an enjoyable experience every time.