Miami Cuba has arrived at Manly's seaside oasis of great cafes, bars and restaurants. The Miami meets Cuba American style diner is nestled next to Hemingways on Manly's beachfront strip. A great location just a hundred metres from the corso with commanding ocean views stretching out over the iconic Manly Beach.
The view across the road in front of Miami Cuba - Manly Beach - image Seafarrwide
The three co owners are Hannah Darling, Alistair Fogg and a silent partner. They are borderline obsessed with American culture after travelling through North America With three businesses running under their belts: the popular Night Hawk Diner caters for some of the best parties and functions in Sydney; the 1940's style paddington watering hole The Unicorn Hotel; and they now have added Miami Cuba as their latest shining star.
Opening softly on the Labour Day weekend in 2014 with hardly a moment to finish or much fanfare, already establishing themselves as one of the latest casual hip new bars much loved by the local residents, beach goers and visitors to Manly. It's bright aqua mint green frontage and neon signage sings tropical Miami.
The front entrance is open and airy with a 80's vintage bamboo lounge and hot pink flamingo cushions for comfort. A retro vintage mix of tables and chairs amongst a few quirky flamingo friends, cactus plants and palm tree pots provide a tropical atmosphere.
Miami Cuba's culinary ethos is inspired by the seaside location and based around cuban flavours with an american twist. The menu is simple but interesting. You can laze over breakfast with a healthy bowl of nuts, summer fruits with acacia and chia, avocado brioche, pancakes or an omelette. Lunch and dinner consists of empanadas, salads, chilli beans, nighthawk chilli fries, burgers and pulled pork sambos. Perfect accompaniment as you savour an ice cold drink.
I had had a big breakfast earlier elsewhere but being a piggy and though only just turned midday decided to indulge. So I went for the gluten free banana pancake stake smothered in Nutella with crispy coconut sprinkles. Seriously yum and none of that bloating you feel from normal pancakes being gluten free for those slightly intolerant to wheat types like me. It was light, fluffy and delicious. I was a bit naughty and asked for a dollop of ice cream which is not part of the breakfast menu but they happily indulged me.
Hannah and her bar team can drum you up some sensational Cocktails, your spirit of choice or favourite beer from their large bottled beer $8 selection: Cricketers Arms Lager, Little Creatures Ales or Young Henry's Real Ale Long neck $12 are just a few from over 20 brands. Not forgetting the Wines like a chilled Italo Cescon Pinot Gris $12/$42 or maybe a Parri Poggiano Chianti $11/$40.