Review: Hemingway’s Manly

Kids at Hemingway's Manly

Ernest Hemingway was a really, really famous writer who liked to travel around the world. He wasn’t French. But Hemingway’s Manly is. Well at least it’s own owners are. And it’s food. And it’s really, really good.

The restaurant is on the beach at Manly, and is so cool. It looks like an old library because there are books everywhere. I love books. Even the menus are pages stapled into old books. There’s a photo of Ernest Hemingway on the wall and a big sculpture of his head. He looked a little serious but I liked his beard. He looked a little like Santa Claus. Mama says he wrote a book about France called A Moveable Feast. Sounds like something I should read… though there’s no such thing as a moveable feast when I’m around because nothing can move as fast as my mouth can eat it.

I was lucky enough to meet the owners Sonia and Emanuel who come from Val Thorens in the French Alps. They are the nicest people. So is the chef, who comes from Germany and was really, really sweet.

Raffles meets the chef at Hemingway's Manly

We asked them for their recommendations from the menu and started our French food adventure with a Tarte Flambe.

Tarte Flambe at Hemingway's Manly

It was really crispy pastry topped with bacon and marinated onion. It looked a little like a pizza but it was so much lighter and tastier. Even my little sister, who can be a bit fussy, couldn’t get enough of it.

Then came a cheese board with three types of cheese. Oh yeah!!! There was a triple cream Brie which I want to marry, a firm and super tasty Comte, and some Fourme d’Ambert which is a blue cheese and one of France’s oldest types.

Cheese Platter at Hemingway's Manly with triple-creame Brie, Comte and Fourme d'Ambert

The only problem I had with the cheese platter was that I had to share it with everyone else. No fair. Next time I’m hiding under the table with it so I can eat the lot.

Some sautéed spice squid and a quinoa salad topped with big blobs of marinated goats curd came next. YUM.

Sauteed Squid at Hemingway's Manly

Mum and dad certainly seemed to be enjoying the different French wines that Emanuel offered them with each course as well. We were stuck with lemonade. Hmmm…

Things got really French with our main courses.

I had the steak frite with garlic and herb butter. It was medium rare, just the way I like it, and epically delicious.

Steak Frite at Hemingway's Manly

Dad ordered Moule Marinieres, which were plump and full of flavour.

Moules Marinieres at Hemingway's Manly

Mama went for the Steak Tartare. Whoah! Steak Tartare is basically a big stack of raw meat. It is very French and so, so, so tasty. Hemingway’s Steak Tartare is made to a traditional family recipe. The steak is finely chopped and seasoned and mixed together with raw egg.

Steak tartare at Hemingway's Manly

Obviously something with so many raw ingredients is not for everyone but it is definitely for me… sadly for my mama, who barely got any once I got a taste. Emanuel and Sonia say it is their favourite dish on the menu. It may be mine too.

For dessert we shared a Pain Perdu, which means “lost bread” In French.

Pain perdu at Hemingway's Manly

Sonia told us how her grandmother used to make it with week old stale bread cooked with milk and egg and says that a good Pain Perdu still take her back to her childhood. The yummy Pain Perdu at Hemingway’s Manly isn’t stale old read and is made with Brioche and coated with sugar and cinnamon and served with ice cream and strawberries.

You can see for yourself how much we liked it.

Empty plate at Hemingway's Manly

Sonia and Emanuel also run restaurants in Val Thorens. It’s really snowy there so their menu is packed full of drippy oozy fondues (which you know I love) and yummy Raclette. They’re going to introduce these at their Manly restaurant in winter. I’m not sure I can wait that long so I’m just going to have to pack my skis and head to the French Alps.

Au Revoir! 

Reviewed by Raffles – Aged 7

Hemingway’s Manly
48 North Steyne, Manly

Note: Raffles was a guest of Hemingway’s Manly.

5 Comments on Review: Hemingway’s Manly

  1. stuntman
    December 4, 2015 at 9:20 am (8 years ago)

    It’s always handy to know where to get a good steak tartare. Thanks Raffles. Awesome as ever!

    • Mr Eatsworld
      December 4, 2015 at 9:22 am (8 years ago)

      Yeah, just don’t assume you’ll get to eat it all if Raffles is anywhere near by!

        December 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm (8 years ago)

        IT is good steak tartare Stuntman but dad is right it’s best to make sure I’m nowhere near it if you want any!

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    December 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm (8 years ago)

    It’s lots of fun there! We love their cocktails-not that Raffles would have tried these but it’s a fun spot 😀

      December 9, 2015 at 6:39 pm (8 years ago)

      Thank goodness they’re still a good 10 years off! He’s already sending me broke with his food bills. If we add cocktails to the equation Id have to take out a loan to feed him 😉


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