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“relaxed shabby chic”
Review of Hemingway's

Ranked #21 of 311 Restaurants in Manly
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $26
Cuisines: American, Australian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Manly
Description: This Summer, Hemingway’s will bring a little bit of France to the menu, mixing up our traditional offering of juicy burgers, fresh salads and tapas with traditional French dishes, including Tuna Nicoise, Moules Mariniere, Steak Tartare, Cassoulet, Duck Rillette, Saucisson, Tartiflette and Tarte Flambee. If you haven’t tried our delicious desserts yet, you should consider, our Homemade Fondant au Chocolat, Creme Brulle or Tarte Tartin, next time you are in. Join us for a breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or just coffees and drinks.
Reviewed May 4, 2014

met with a few girlfriends, service good, food good, across from beach, attentive staff and all meals came out together, bonus, shabby chic look, seats not that comfie, but once talking you forget, not a huge menu but a good choice, had the chicken nuggets, hamburger and pumpkin salad, nibbles of olives and crackling pork,all good, and all under $20 each PP,

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Stopped here for a coffee and was impressed with what I saw coming out of the kitchen saw came back later for a light lunch. Enjoyed an amazing brushetta of avocado, cherry tomatoes and the smoothest fetta cheese, with the sweetest balsamic vinegar. Absolutely amazing taste...the salads and more substantial meals that I could around me made me want to come back again. Friendly service and quaint quirky atmosphere with homage to its namesake. At night the place offers a great spot to drop by for a glass of wine or an apertif. Plates to share.. when the sun is shining..sit outside or in. But beware this place is popular and getting a table peak lunch or breakfast time can be challenging.

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1  Thank Carol948
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

We were recommended this place for something a little different and it was wonderful. We had a coffee and a tea both of which were very nice to drink. We each had salads for lunch and they were fresh and tasty. The place is set up as a mock bookstore or library and it has a very quaint feel to it. It looks nothing on the outside but don't be fooled it has character inside. The staff were very friendly and attentive. It is just opposite the beach so it is a good place to stop. A great find.

Thank Cliff T
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

Hemingway was surely the first hipster. His was a love of adventure, chivalry, and a non-mainstream life - and of course, later on, a big beard.

He also loved a good drink. So who better to build a bar around than a man renowned for his love of libations, food and an eclectic lifestyle?
Hemingway’s in Manly embraces Papa’s philosophies wholeheartedly. The bar has a bookish, romantic feel to it, and has somehow managed to combine so many elements of Hemingway’s life into one place.

Downstairs has a very European - dare I say even Parisian - feel to it, as it doubles up as a café and late-night bar. Book-laden shelves cling to the walls, and the rough-wood bar serves everything from breakfast to booze all day long.

You can also sit outside on the corso and enjoy an unbeatable view of the beach.

Upstairs there’s a suggestion of the nautical - as if you’re on board the Pilar cruising round the Cuban coastline. Pictures of Papa are dotted about and the old squashy furniture begs you to sit, read a book, quaff a martini and stare out the window at beautiful views over Manly Beach.

You don’t have to drink martinis of course. In true hipster style, you have a spectrum of choice at Hemingway’s - all served without judgement.

Sneak in a swift VB throwdown to quench the thirst and do it old-school! Otherwise there are some good craft beers available.

It’s the cocktail menu that really shows the skill and spirit of the place though. High-quality ingredients are combined with left-of-field elements that give each cocktail a ‘scraped together with what’s left’ feel. It’s done with a daring and irreverence that Hemingway would certainly have approved of.

For example, the Bearded Lady is tequila, crème de fraise, falernum, lime, ginger beer and fairy floss. Intriguing, isn’t it?

Food here is much the same. Instead of just doing the usual café fair, Hemingway’s offers homely classics you don’t often see on menus:

Buttered crumpets or Vegemite, jam or peanut butter on toast are included on a breakfast menu that’s also home to confit salmon, two organic poached eggs, crunchy quinoa, rocket and goat’s curd.

Lunch, dinner and bar menus follow suit, offering quirky, fun dishes mixed with a selection of serious foodie options.

The whole bar just has a great vibe to it. You can tell from the hirsute smiles of the gents behind the bar that you’re in a place that’s been brought about with love.

It’s a perfect spot for a date night, a good beachy lunch or a bright sunny breakfast. It’s also an excellent venue if you want to drink something weird and cut loose a bit. I’m sure Hemingway will be smiling down on you - providing you’re putting the world to rights at the same time!

Hemingway’s Cafe and Bar

Open: 8am-midnight Mon-Sat. 8am-10pm Sunday
Food: Breakfast: 8am-12pm 7 days. Lunch: 12.30pm-4pm 7 days. Dinner: 5pm-10pm Mon-Sat. Bar snacks: available midday to midnight Mon-Sat.

18 North Stayne
Manly NSW

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Had a lovely breakfast, sourdough toast with avocado and added a fried egg. Perfect view of the beach. Highly recommended, not too expensive, great atmosphere and very tasty.

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Thank AK_LDN
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