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HomeFoodFood Review: The Pantry Manly

Food Review: The Pantry Manly

Have you ever stuck your teeth into something and found you literally can’t stop eating?

On a rainy Friday night, Kim (our amazing ed and founder) *Editor’s note: – I’ll allow it –  and I found ourselves fighting over possibly the best garlic prawns we had ever tasted.

Down at The Pantry Manly, situated perfectly on Manly’s North Steyne beach, food is serious business.

Case in point, their olives arrived delicately warmed smothered in lemon zest and extra virgin olive oil and give a great prelude of what’s to come.

They did not disappoint. The garlic prawns were irresistible. Served in a chilli broth that was most likely crafted over many complex ingredients, it was outstanding.

Paired with plump juicy prawns and a hot fresh baguette to mop up the juices left our eyes rolling at the back of our heads.

Simply delicious. Sublime in fact. Not wanting to fill ourselves up for the main course was the only reason we managed to stop ourselves from ordering another. And another.

We also sampled their Kingfish sashimi, which is thicker than the average sashimi but delicious nonetheless, and their chorizo which is crispy and light and perfectly cooked.

For the main course we got stuck into their grilled Riverina eye fillet served with wild mushrooms and potato dauphinoise and baby onions.

Another winner. If you’re a steak lover, this is definitely the dish for you. The steak was huge and cooked flawlessly, while the sides were buttery and satisfying.

And the portion was huge. Priced at a very reasonable $42, we chose to share the dish and unless you have a mammoth appetite, you could easily do the same.

Washed down with a couple of glasses of their lychee rose mimosas, we were well on the way to foodie heaven.

We rounded off our meal with their flourless chocolate cake which was fluffy and light and the best way to end our indulgent dinner.

So, who’s behind their success? Their head chef John Wycherley has been at The Pantry Manly since November 2010, which has allowed him to craft the menu with careful attention.

English born, John grew up with a passion for growing his own ingredients and for paddock to plate style cooking which is  reflected in the restaurant’s menu where you can find dishes such as Baked Hervey Bay Scallops, Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb and Black Truffle and Mushroom Risotto.

If you’re serious about your food, then head to The Pantry Manly. We’ve already thought about when we can come again and fight over their unforgettable garlic prawns with our better halves.

The Pantry Manly
(02) 9977 0566

Transparency check  This is a non-sponsored, genuine review. It was not anonymous however and, despite offering to pay, it was graciously offered on the house.

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