Last week a friend & I took a spontaneous trip to Manly to have lunch and catch up. As soon as we set foot in the neighborhood, I knew I wanted to check out Hemingway's. I had spotted the little cafe on a previous trip to Manly months ago, and was immediately intrigued by the name. Obviously named after Ernest Hemingway, and being the slight literature nerd I am, I knew I had to check it out. So when my friend and I took the trip to Manly, I immediately suggested it to her -- for no other reason than it's name alone.
Oh man, I'm so glad we went.
|Hemingway's -- 48 North Steyne, Manly|
I was completely surprised by the interior of the cafe. Lined with bookshelves and bookshelf themed wallpaper along the bar, I thought it was the perfect theme and Mr. Hemingway himself would feel right at home there. The antique furniture and deep brown hues across the room really played with my senses, as for a moment I forgot that I was in a beach town instead what felt like an old library or maybe even Hemingway's office.
The water was served in a gin bottle and the glasses that accompanied it contained ice! Most establishments in Sydney don't serve ice in their glasses, so this was a nice surprise. The menus were located in encyclopedias and the prices were relatively on the lower to medium side of the scale. My friend and I decided to get a few entrees to share, so we could taste a variety of dishes.
|Chips 'n' Gravy - $12|
|Corn - $6|
|Tostadas - $12 for 2 Serves|
Another massive surprise was the tostadas. They contained king fish ceviche with thai style dressing and avocado puree. While messy to eat, they were the perfect mix of salty, tangy, sweet and crunchy. The fish was cured to perfection and the play on textures between the soft fish and crunchy tostada had my taste buds singing. At $12 for 2, I had absolutely nothing to complain about.
I'm sure by now you can tell my experience at Hemingway's was fantastic. If I had one complaint (other than the small corn portions) it would be that my friend and I were sitting at a table with bar stools that was much too high to eat our food on. We kept spilling food all over our laps! Next time, I'll sit at one of the regular sized tables, and leave the sky high table for those drinking cocktails -- which apparently are good there.
I hope I don't need to spell it out for you, but GO TO H.E.M.I.N.G.W.A.Y.'S N.O.W.