Sunday, December 9, 2012

Out of Africa, Manly

Sydney has always been known for its multiculturalism and this can be confirmed by the vast variety of cuisines that is offered all over Sydney. African has been one of those cuisines which I have been itching for years and finally after all that waiting, I have been able to tick this cuisine off my bucket list. 

I was nervous about trying out African because it felt so foreign and I felt like I was going out of my comfort zone. On the way to the restaurant my brain was filled with so curiosity whilst my heart was filled with excitement.

Mixed Entree's - $19.50
Brochette, briouat, sardine, spicy grilled calamari and king prawn on a bed of mixed salad
When I arrived, I immediately felt in love with the earthy decor. I wish I had taken photos to show you guys but unfortunately my table was right next to a gigantic pole. Zebra-prints, so many adorable wooden animal statues and quirky ornaments and vases plus a washing sink made of different stones which I was so desperately wanting to take with me help set the right atmosphere. I seriously did not feel like I was in Manly at that point in time. 

The mixed entree's was surprisingly a wowzer dish. Everything was so packed full of flavour as it was like someone had come up to you and showered you with a pile of aromatic spices. The chicken cigar and the saffron sauce was freaking awesome. If I was at home, I would of licked that plate clean to ensure I got every single drop of saffron that had been poured onto the plate.  

Moroccan Meat Balls - $26.50
Before coming here, Penguin Says Feed Me had recommended me the meatballs. I used to dislike meatballs and mince (and anything off similar nature) but my life changed after I experienced some mind blowing meatballs in Melbourne. Anyways so because of that, I ordered those balls and was so grateful that I did. The spicy Kefta balls drowned in this tomato, onion and garlicky sauce hit all the spots that any human body has. This would of been even more perfect had I had it in winter but hey, I can't complain. No wonder it was one of their signature dishes.

The egg in the middle was fairly well cooked. For me, I would of preferred if they had given me the raw egg and mixed it myself through that rich and generous sauce.

Reef and Beef - $33.50
The reef and beef sounded so exciting on the menu but it was probably the dish we least enjoyed (esp right after those meatballs) It was still a good dish but the sirloin was quite tough and cutting it with a standard knife didn't really help. The pricing of this dish seemed a bit steeper than the other mains which probably made me have higher expectations aswell. The mushrooms soaked in the saffron and coconut sauce though was heavenly and I could be biased here because I heart mushrooms. The juices from the mushroom along with the sauce and the melting mushroom meat was sooo goood! 

I can't wait to come back here again for more ball goodness. Not sure if I would return back in summer as the dishes can be quite heavy but once winter kicks in, you will know where to find me.

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Gotta go eat!!

18 comments:

  1. I didn't really know what African food is about until I saw this post. Great reviews that meat ball looks nice what a shame about the cooked egg, it would have been nice with a googey egg in middle.

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    1. Hi Wendy - the meatballs were definitely the winner!

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  2. African food is synonymous (for me) with rich, colourful flavours that I always love. The meatballs really looks tasty, although Manly is a bit of a hike for me to get though but glad to know there's an interesting restaurant over there!

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    1. Hi Trish - My friend mentioned that there is one in Enmore which is very popular! Maybe that might be closer to you?

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  3. yeah how good are the meatballs! shame that the reef and beef wasn't that great coz it looks fantastic

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    1. Hi Jacq - Meatballs were amazeballs lol

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  4. Love this place! It was one of the first nicer restaurants I've ever visited without the parents when I was a teenager (so.. long ago. haha). I absolutely love the lamb sosaties and order it every time but everything else on the menu is pretty epic. They also have an awesome Valentine's day menu as well :) Great photos Shanshan!

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  5. Sounds like everything was a real hit! It's been ages since I visited here as we used to live in Manly :)

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  6. Can't say that I've tried African but it looks like a mix of Indian and Spanish! Lots of earthy colours

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    1. Hi Vivian - Basically that plus lots of Moroccan and middle eastern flavours!

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  7. Everything looks good! Even the beef, a shame it was tough.

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    1. Hi Lateraleating - would of been better with a steak knife too but nonetheless it was a good meal

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  8. African food is something I haven't really explored either. All looks great. Oh and, just because you are at a restaurant, go on, lick the plate!! :p

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    1. Hi Sara - hahaha I need to work on courage first LOL

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  9. Dear Shan Shan

    I must say I am very disappointed that you didn't order the BBQ giraffe, pan-seared loin of spotted hyena, roasted wilderbeast, chargrilled lion, leopard carpaccio or the steamed African crocodile. What's wrong with you?

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    1. Hi Chopin - Point it out on the menu for me next time =P

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