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Published July 30th 2015
Expect the Unexpected
The vibe of Manly Beach's local neighbourhood is welcoming and relaxed. Over the past few months, Sydney's northern beaches have been blessed with a vibrant burgeoning cafe scene.

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Smashing Fusion Menu


Showbox Coffee Brewers Cafe is another exciting cafe tucked away on the quiet Whistler Street. It is not on the main Manly strip but still a stone's throw away from Manly Beach.

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Take Heed - Showbox Coffee Brewers Cafe


The décor of this small intimate cafe adopted an urban industrial feel with polished concrete floor, rustic metal-steel finishes and raw brick as the background.

The all-day menu is full of surprises and focus heavily towards wholefoods and healthy ''ancient grains'' dishes. It is certainly different compared with all other corner beach cafes that offers bacon and egg rolls and your typical Big Breakfast.

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Strong Coffee Presence


It was a cold winter morning and we were in need of a good coffee. We have heard great things about the coffee here, but with so many good coffee choices, such as Mecca, Reuben Hills, Sample Coffee Roasters, Marvell Street and Seven Seeds, we were hesitant.

My eyes lit up when I saw unexpected drinking vinegars on the menu and Pomegranate Vinegar was my final choice despite the strong coffee contenders.

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Drinking Pomegranate Vinegar $6 (mild sweet, tart, amazing - mixed with soda)


I love vinegar drinks as they aid with detoxification and assist with weight loss.

My pomegranate vinegar drink tasted sweet and really refreshing. They mix one part vinegar with four parts soda water. I liked it a lot.

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Mudhoney Smoothie $8.50


My friend got a Mudhoney Smoothie ($8.50) and it was rich, thick and smooth. It was made from raw cacao, almond milk, banana, cinnamon, avocado & honey. It tasted wholesome but very delicious. She offered me a sip, I could not help myself to take a large gulp or two. I would call this a "happy drink'. It was a sensational chocolate drink to have at any time.

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Love our drinks!


We felt the vibe was good and we decided to grab a light brunch here. We browsed through the creative healthy menu with interest and we ordered a Not-Your-Normal Nasi Goreng and a healthy-take Doner Kebab.

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Nasi Goreng $17 Cauliflower rice with Indonesian chicken and fried egg (GF)


My friend ordered the Nasi Goreng ($17) and it was wholesome, colourful and beautifully presented with cauliflower rice, peas, raw coleslaw and sprinkled with almond flakes, coriander and pickled cabbage.

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Cauliflower rice is surprisingly yum~


The grilled Indonesian chicken tasted tender with the oozed fried egg, but they dimmed next to flavoursome wholefood cauliflower rice. It was a light dish and we did not feel too full or bloated afterwards.

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Silver Bullet Doner Kebab with slow roasted beef, eggplant, hummus & tabouli $16


I was curious to see how the chef can twist a naughty junk food like a kebab into a wholesome healthy meal.

The doner kebab ($16) arrived wrapped in foil and placed in a adorable red plastic basket. The wrap has a chewy texture, slightly similar to a Mexican tortilla. It was generously filled with tender soft, slow-roasted beef, charred eggplant, creamy hummus and refreshing tabouli salad.

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Love this melt-in-your-mouth beef kebab!


It did not have a greasy aftertaste. If all kebabs tasted this good, then I would have no qualm eating a doner kebab so early in the morning.

The inspiration of these dishes clearly came from South-east Asian to the Middle East.

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Interesting delicious wholefood menu


I must say Showbox Coffee Brewers exceeded my expectations. Summer is not quite here but this worth-finding cafe can be my one reason to visit Manly during Winter.

Showbox Coffee Brewers is open for breakfast and lunch, with a menu that goes beyond the typical cafe fare.
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Why? For great coffee and wholefood menu
When: Mon to Sun: 7am–4pm
Phone: (02) 9976 5000
Where: 19 Whistler Street, Manly
Cost: Approx $25 p.p
Your Comment
Wow, these meals look really healthy! I've never heard of drinking vinegars, though I do sometimes take apple cider vinegar (strong stuff) when I've had a heavy meal. Good idea!
by Kristin Ravelle (score: 2|302) 1596 days ago
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