Daniel San has brought a little bit of the neon nightlife to the beachfront of Manly. The prime beachside venue next to the Novotel has been revamped into a one of a kind eclectic hangout that brings Japanese and rock n roll together.
The kids will be drawn to the pretty pink lights at the front door and also the quirky decor inside. They even have their very own activity table in the middle, that’s full of blocks, paper and pens to keep them entertained. While you can sit back and enjoy the view, meal and a cold beverage.
If you’re a bit of a foodie than you’ll be pleased to know that ex-Toko chef Benajamin Orpwood heads up the delicious menu. If you’re an eater of good food than you’ll be pleased to know that you’ve come to a delicious place that don’t mind children.
The menu is casual Japanese street food. When you are ready, place your order at the bar (ask for a highchair if you’re needing one). The meals will come out as they are ready to your table.
All the meals are great for sharing. The spicy tofu and salad rock n rolls ($8) were super fresh, so much so that the tofu was light and fluffy but we couldn’t taste the spice. The porkie steamed buns ($5) were a favourite, gorgeous honey glazed pork belly that melted in the mouth a different take on the Asian pork bun. The crispy fried squid ($9) were moorish with a slight crunch and the robata glazed wing skewers ($9.50) were juicy – you have to use your fingers for these ones!
From the Kids menu we ordered the chicken katsu nuggets ($8) and Missy Moo loved them. It was hard to hold her back until they cooled down. They also came with tempura sweet potatoes on the side.
The great thing about street food is that it’s made quickly and made for eating with your hands so the full menu is suitable for kids. Also handy when you need to make a quick getaway.
Afterwards you can pop down to the beach or there’s a beach front play area a short stroll towards Queenscliff that’s recently been upgraded. For parking the closest council parking is on Central Avenue in Manly your first two hours are free during the day.