The gorgeous Audra and I have been friends for many years now and have just recently started reconnecting more by making a concerted effort to brunch together on a semi regular basis. Our last bottomless brunch was pre blog and at the end of it Audra asked if it would be ok if the next one could be on her side of the bridge. Auds is from Deewhy and always travels to meet me somewhere in or about the city at a place of my choosing all of which are pretty much walking distance from my place in Surry Hills. I was on a mission to find the best Bottomless Brunch on the north side and even though it’s my first – it’s the best one I’ve found to date.
Manly is a great place for both of us. Stu, Audras hubby is a surfer and dropped her down on the way to the beach. Living across the road from Central makes it easy for me to get virtually anywhere that’s accessible by public transport. I did a little search on tripview and found the right ferry. There are two ways of getting to Manly via ferry. #thingsilearntontheweekend The public ferry which is slower and about 7 bucks and the Manly Fast Ferry which is shitloads faster and only $2 more. I’d already worked out I was catching the fast one before I knew it was faster or cost more because it arrived at 11.55am and I wasn’t sure how far Manly Wine was from the wharf (not far as it turned out.)
We arrived pretty much on the dot accidentally meeting at the corner. The wharf being a short 10 minute walk to the South Steyne which is just on the other side. We were quickly shown to a table for two at the large front windows opposite the beach. Table with a view.
Manly Wine is the first bottomless brunch I have found that goes for 3 hours. There’s no need to feel pressured by the time. Sit back, relax and let the fabulous staff bring you an endless stream of Bellinis in peach, lychee or raspberry flavours.
We sat down drinks were bought, conversation was had and out came our first course. It would hardly fit on out small table for two. The crisp fried salt and pepper squid with lime aioli was light, tender and crunchy. Delicious salami, ham and my personal favorite a large chunk of chicken and pistachio terrine was served with a soft smokey Camembert, a blue and a sharp cheddar cheese. Topped off with some perfectly pickled vegetables, toasted bread and crackers, it was the perfect way to begin our brunch.
The next course arrived. Unfortunately the photos of the fish sandwiches served on a crusty baguette and the pulled pork sliders with delicious BBQ sauce didn’t do them justice. I’ll leave that one up to your imagination. (Note to self do not deconstruct sandwiches and take photos of them, it just ends up looking messy!) There was also a poke bowl. No need to choose between the salmon or tofu. Both were in the bowl with some lettuce, rice and some sort of wonton like chips which were delicious. When we asked for more the waitress happily accommodated us. This is definitely a brunch you won’t leave feeling hungry.
I am a sweet girl at heart and the petit fours did not disappoint. Moist pistachio cake, baby lemon meringue and the pièce de résistance was the chocolate macaroon cake. All of which were delicious.
Auds and I toddled out the door with kisses and promises to brunch again sometime in the near future. I tipsily wandered to the wharf with a happy smile on my face and thoughts of the ferry ride ahead. If you’re on the North side this is not a brunch to be missed. Another brunch bites the dust.
📍 where – 8 – 13 South Steyne Manly
🌏 www – https://manlywine.com.au
🥂🍑 bottomless – Bellinis
💵 how much – $79 For food and beverage package
🍽🥗 food – set menu
⌚️ how long – 3 hours
🗓 when – Saturday and Sunday – 2 sessions a day 12 – 3pm and 3.30 – 6.30pm