After a mid-morning stroll along Manly’s foreshore, enjoy a long, languid lunch at one of the most exciting openings on the northside for some time.
Manly Greenhouse’s owners, Patricia Nunes and Greg Anderson (Sails on Lavender Bay), have breathed new life into the three-level former Shore Club to deliver a venue that offers a rooftop bar with stunning panoramic views, a ground-floor contemporary Italian and a serious grill in the middle. With a design by Luchetti Krelle (Banksii, Acme), the restaurant is awash with greenery hanging from the rafters in a room where white brick walls, blond timber and pastel blues and greens set a seaside retreat vibe – and the food is just as pleasing.
Shaved fennel, grapes and pomegranate add colour and freshness to kingfish crudo. Ethereally thin, rich slices of prosciutto partner new-season figs and whipped mozzarella. Burnt butter and king brown mushrooms star on a woodfired pizza, while peas and asparagus bring spring to risotto and a fat pork chop is crumbed cotoletta-style. Finish with the tang of a lemon curd tart along with another stroll on the Steyne.
Images: Yasmin Mund
Atmosphere: Holiday in Hamptons vibes
Best for: Lunch with friends
Cuisine: Contemporary Australian
Stand-out dish: Green risotto
Open: Daily for lunch and dinner
Address: 36-38 South Steyne, Manly
Phone number: (02) 9056 3388