Suburban foodies: Manly & Wynnum
Ok, it’s true, we often get stuck in the inner city and forget how delicious the ‘burbs can be.
Sometimes a bit of a road trip out to Manly or Wynnum is in order for a dining experience by the bay. A weekend brunch or an evening feed followed by a walk along the sand is reason enough to make the commute out to Brisbane’s eastside eateries.
From Italian cuisine to fish and chips, here are a few of our favourites.
SHUCKS BAR | 457 ESPLANADE, MANLY
If loving oysters is a crime, you’d better lock us up! Manly’s best, this gorgeous bar and kitchen serves up freshly shucked oysters like there’s no tomorrow, with a range of fresh or grilled oysters with flavours like tarragon mignonette, ginger tomato butter and black bean and garlic. If oysters don’t catch your fancy, indulge in roasted beetroot, grilled swordfish or maltagliati pasta alongside other delectable eats.
FINN’S FISH HOUSE | 205 WYNNUM ESPLANADE, WYNNUM
Hungry? Get your feed on at Finn’s Fish House, with a plate or two of their calamari, sea scallops, burgers and fresh fish. As well as specialties like grilled octopus and Greek salad or prawn, haloumi and avocado salad, their share platters are perfect for the whole family (or just you, we wouldn’t judge).
MANLY BOATHOUSE | TRAFALGAR STREET, MANLY
Oh buoy, does this stunning restaurant and bar deliver good seafood and good times! With wraparound views of Manly harbour and bay, whether you share a seafood platter, indulge in a sand crab linguine or treat yourself to fresh oysters and prawns, seafood + a breathtaking view = perfection at Manly Boathouse.
THE ARSONIST | 457 ESPLANADE, MANLY
Adding a spark to Manly’s dining scene, The Arsonist is certainly living up to its name. Hanging out on Manly’s Esplanade, this moody restaurant and luxe bar is serving up fire-licked fare, with smoke-kissed dishes like Stockyard beef with king prawns, suckling pig and figs with stracciatella to coal-roasted desserts like banana parfait, creme brulee and s’mores with toasted marshmallows. You’ll also find a signature smoked gin and plenty of whisky behind the bar.
CAMBRIDGE LANE ESPRESSO | 61 CAMBRIDGE PARADE, MANLY
Slightly off the main strip at Manly is Cambridge Lane Espresso. In a quaint space with cast-iron tables waits a well-thought-out breakfast menu and a fresh dish of water for any four-legged family members along for the drive. Pair a smooth coffee with the smoked bacon, haloumi, rocket and tomato relish on sourdough for the ultimate start to a day by the bay.
FRENCHIES CAFE | BAY TERRACE, WYNNUM
Frenchies Cafe is another pet-friendly establishment that welcomes all guests and furry friends alike. The café’s dog-loving owners clearly got their inspiration from their very own adorable French bulldogs, with drinking bowls and special treats on offer for your pets (think: woofachinos and dog ice cream). Of course, there’s eats for humans too, such as smashed avo on sourdough, banana bread and a classic eggs benny.
MANLY VILLAGE PIZZERIA & TRATTORIA | CAMBRIDGE PARADE, MANLY
The instructions are simple from the owners of Manly Village Pizzeria: gather your friends, grab a bottle of vino and relax at their ‘little Italian eatery.’ Sounds good to us! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the al fresco eatery with food baby-inducing pizzas, pasta, gelatos and homemade Italian desserts.
THAI CUISINE | 24 BAY TERRACE, WYNNUM
Like the name, the food gets straight to the point with flavoursome and vibrant dishes. Serving authentic Thai, this spot is a go-to for plates of Thai chicken, tamarind prawns, ginger fish, chicken satay and curry–and don’t even get us started on their laksa. You’ll be back for more, it’s just a matter of Thai-m.
If you find yourself sea-side, splash out!