Insitu – a bar and restaurant with a happening vibe
Manly is a happening place to hang out, especially in the warmer months. Stroll down the esplanade, pull up a towel and sunbake, walk through the markets of a weekend or stop by one of the many bars or restaurants for a drink and a bite to eat. Insitu is a cafe by day, restaurant by night, and you’ll be sure to find yourselves satisfied at any visit.
Insitu is true to its name, it’s been in place for many years now, becoming a popular venue for amazing food and cocktails. Of an evening, the place is buzzing with hens parties, birthdays, date nights and groups of friends catching up for a drink (or a few). And, why not, when the cocktails were only $10 at happy hour! An incredible price for some amazing concoctions.
The Jalepeno Caipirinha is a must, a Brazilian specialty in this case prepared by the barman of Brazilian heritage. This drink is refreshing and also has a slight kick of spice, perfect to get the night going.
The apple crumble martini with Absolut vanilla vodka shaken pomme de verte, creme de cacao and crisp apple, poured straight up with a fresh cream float tasted of an apple pie, an enjoyable cocktail to sip on.
With a tapas style menu at the time we were visiting as a group we decided to share a few items. The Schezuan spiced calamari with lime Aioli has us fighting for the lions share. Insitu also have Gruyere Arancini which you cant go past ordering! We were also pretty keen on the seared prawns which were super fresh and tasty!
For a larger share option, the Pizzas are a popular option, and we can see why – super tasty, crispy base. With many tasty flavour combinations the choice was difficult, we opted for the roasted pumpkin pizza, sprinkled with quinoa, cream cheese and a bit of a kick from the jalapeños! We accompanied this with a goats cheese salad, with a honey and balsamic dressing topped with poached chicken.
The ambience is awesome – it’s has a fun vibe to it, a few musicians playing some tunes and cool bartenders making their work look fun. The outdoor seating down the back was a great place to sit with fresh air and a comfortable setting too.
Michail, the manager welcomed us and has a long history of experience with bars and venues such as this and filled us in on the restaurant, it’s history and food offerings. We would like to thank all staff as they were absolutely excellent. We loved our visit here and we will be sure to pop back next time in Manly. We thoroughly recommend this place!