If you saw my Christmas post a few months back, you’ll know that my very good friend Wendy came to visit over the festive period and into New Year. She very kindly sent Dan and I a voucher for The Pantry in Manly – very naughty of her! But I won’t deny that I was very excited to try this place out. We waited for a sunny weekend and last weekend, we took our chance.
The location is simply stunning, right on the beach front of Manly. It has a rustic, deli feel to it and is a very pretty place to spend a long lunchtime.
The staff here were so attentive and polite. We asked for a table in the window when we first arrived, and while this wasn’t available at first, the waitress came over and asked if we’d like to move as soon when one freed up. Luckily, this was very early on in our visit. I’m so glad we did, the view is amazing!
It must have been something about the sea air that encouraged me to chose the beer battered barramundi fillets and chips dish, something I haven’t had in ages. It was delicious! The portion was very generous, with three small fillets of fish and a bowl of chips. I have a weakness for tartare sauce and this homemade one did not disappoint! It was served on a wooden board and looked wonderful.
Dan chose the steak frites with green peppercorn butter. I did come out medium the first time, but the waitress quickly and apologetically changed this to a very rare serving – just how he likes it! They even gave him double chips, but Dan couldn’t quite manage the whole lot.
I had to finish off with the cheese plate, which allows people to chose from a range and is served with crispbread. I chose the goats cheese rolled in ash – wow! This was so tasty! I certainly didn’t need much else that day…
This really was a special treat and a fantastic place to enjoy a drink, great food and a spectacular view. Thank you so much Wendy, we will take you here on your next visit!