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Tapas at Miss Marley’s, Manly

It certainly has been a while since ‘The Mother’ and I caught up with P and his lovely wife, C. So when P suggested we have dinner in Manly, we thought great! Manly is one suburb we don’t venture to often, P and C are the only friends we know that lives there. In Summer, we would go to Manly once or twice, ride the ferry and enjoy the sun but besides that, never.

P suggested we go to Miss Marley’s, tapas place in Manly. He has been to this restaurant a number of times now, and had some wonderful meals. It’s quite a small but yet funky restaurant. Apparently they have taken on the ‘small bar concept where 1950’s style vintage glam meets the passion of Central and South America’. I love the mix design and quirky features of this place. It’s very cozy, casual and extremely relaxing.

Considering P has been here a number of times, thought we would leave the ordering to him.

We started with the grilled eggplant salad and marjoram vinaigrette ($14). The eggplant was thinly sliced and grilled – I love grilled eggplant. It was tender and moist and the marjoram vinaigrette was a combination of sweet and sour which was a wonderful complement to the grilled eggplant. I’m not usually a fan of eating onions unless it is barbequed to a crisp, however, it was blanched with the marjoram vinaigrette and was surprisingly good. It was refreshingly light and absolutely delicious.

Next, the spice baked squid filled with a crisp jamon and kiplfer potato salad ($17). Baked squid with kipler potato salad inside – it was absolutely wonderful. The squid was tender, and the potatoes were cut into bite size pieces. The flavours were amazing and well executed which I thoroughly enjoyed.

P has raved about the next dish, and I can see why! Aji de Gallina for 2, Peruvian curry of turmeric, chilli and chickin served with wild rice and black beans. Shredded chicken with curry, which were extremely flavourful and the hint of chilli really gave it that nice kick.

The wild rice and black beans were different but were great complements to the curry. I especially loved the black beans.

I’m not usually a huge fan of lamb but the garlic and paprika lamb for 2 with saffron quinoa filled zucchini and sofrito paste ($27) was fantastic! It didn’t have that strong lamb flavour, and served medium rare was incredibly tender and incredibly succulent. The zucchini with saffron quinoa and sofrito paste was just magnificent. I would have been happy to eat just the zucchini. I did like the combination of the zucchini and lamb!

Lastly, quesadilla with mozzarella, goat cheese and oregano with raspberry chilli jam ($11). The photo really doesn’t do any justice – sorry about that! But this was superb! Toasted tortilla and oozy cheese topped with raspberry chilli jam with a side of guacamole and sour cream – need I say more? Probably one of the best quesadilla I have had for a long time!

The drinks menu was quite extensive, ranging from wine, beer, cocktails and margaritas. If you are not up for food, you can always just have a drink at Miss Marley’s drinking margaritas.

It’s a great find and thanks for recommending it P! It was wonderful food amongst friends, what more can you asks for?

It was wonderful catching up with both of you, let’s do it again sometime soon!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Miss Marley’s

32 Belgrave Street

Manly 2095

Ph: +61 2 8065 4805

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  1. January 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    What a great find. Loving the South American vibe and the squid and the eggplant sound delicious!

    • January 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      it is quite funky! you should def give it ago when you are in manly next 🙂

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