The Pantry, catering to both locals and visitors to Manly Beach has a prime location. So close, the water is less than 50 metres from the restaurant. In fact, you will not find a closer dining spot unless you bring a picnic blanket and a packed lunch. The Pantry has a rustic interior which is set up for you to comfortably enjoy a meal whilst taking in the scenic Manly beach. Not at all pretentious, the staff are friendly and attentive, adding to the relaxed Australian manner of this beachside dining experience.
We were here on a nice Autumn night with the soothing sound of the waves lapping against the shoreline. Why not order a drik from their menu, which has a great range of beer, spirits and cocktails. There are many classic cocktails on the menu with the Pantry adding their own beach side touch to the name of the cocktails. The cocktail of choice this evening was their version of an old fashioned, called ‘the Old South Steyne’ (South Steyne being the area in Manly which the restaurant is located). The perfect drink to start on this occasion. It was a nice traditional old fashioned made using Makers Mark.
The dinner menu has many options including tapas/small plates and mains, perfect for a relaxed catch up by the beach or a special occasion. With a fair amount of deliberation, but help and recommendation by the staff, the tapas/small plate menu took our fancy.
With many tasty options available, what topped off our list at this beachside location was the seared yellow fin tuna served with a warm salad, a great dish using quality fresh tuna. The tasty garlic and chilli prawns served with a warm French baguette to soak up the garlic chilli oil also a good option.
Ordering from the tapas menu, we went with some classics including the grilled spanish chorizo, the charcutterie board (a meat lovers dream) and another seaside favourite was the grilled octopus. The beer battered zucchini flowers were ordered as we felt we were lacking in vegetables and lets face it, these crisp fried morsels are delicious.
To finish the dining experience, we browsed the drink menu as well as the dessert menu and no better way to finish the meal than ordering a digestive or nice single malt from their great selection of whiskies and pairing it with one of their amazing desserts, as convinced by the host The Laphraoig 15 perfectly matching with the rich chocolate mousse. My dining companion for the evening ordering the cheesecake, which I was informed was another great choice.
We thank Wasamedia for introducing us to The Pantry and thank the staff of this venue for their hospitality and great service.