Today I found myself in beautiful Manly with my boyfriend. It’s been a while since we were last in Manly and as it was a beautiful sunny Winter’s day we thought we would check it out and take a stroll along the promenade overlooking the beach.
You could still see some of the aftermath of the crazy storms of last week. The water wasn’t as clear as it usually is and there was still a lot of sand on the promenade which had been blown over by the strong gale winds. However people were still out walking, jogging and surfing and generally enjoying this gorgeous day.
As it was late afternoon we decided to grab a late lunch at one of the many cafes. Now whenever I am by water I always feel I need to have fish of some kind and today would be no different.
We soon stumbled across Fusion Point Bar & Restaurant, just off the main road. Not only does Fusion Point serve great coffee, but they also do some good grub too and luckily for me this included beer battered fish and chips with a salad and tartar sauce for $17 – sold!
Fusion Point has seating inside and outside, with heaters on outside if you prefer to take in the fresh sea air and do a spot of people watching. However, we decided to take a seat inside where we perused the menus out of courtesy as I already knew what I wanted – fish and chips of course! Other dishes included salads, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, pasta and seafood, alongside the daily specials. There was also a counter at the front displaying the most wonderful array of cakes including sticky date, cheesecake, chocolate cake and more. Hmmm, these looked very tempting and I rarely indulge in sweet desserts.
As well as serving fresh coffee, Fusion Point also make a mean milkshake which my boyfriend went for, whilst I went for the pink lemonade which arrived in one of those jam jar type glasses.
It didn’t take long for our fish to come out (you guessed it, we both went for fish and chips). Both plates were nicely presented with lots of fish, a good-looking salad and an adequate portion of chips served in one of those small square metal baskets.
The tartar sauce was delicious, although there wasn’t enough of this for my liking – more please! The fish was perfectly cooked, with just a thin coating of batter and the tender piece of fish inside which was still moist and ever so delicious. The fish was not dry at all and the batter wasn’t oily or filling. Yum.
The chips were good, but for me I would have preferred these to be a little crunchier as they were still a bit soft in the middle. I love a good crunchy chip! The salad was extremely flavoursome and well balanced with rocket, tomato, cucumber, olives and sundried tomatoes. It’s not often that you get served a side salad with sundried tomatoes, but this really made the dish stand out, plus I absolutely love sundried tomatoes so this was a clear winner to me.
Overall, our food was very good and well priced at $17, needless to say I devoured the lot! Fusion Point also does breakfast and dinner so I would be keen to see what breakfast and dinner consists of.
Perfectly positioned and easy to find, Fusion Point Bar & Restaurant
is definitely worth checking out and is just a few minutes’ walk form the beach, ferry and the Corso in Manly. Open every day from 5.30am until 5pm and dinner Friday and Saturday nights, there is plenty of opportunity to dine here.