On Sunday last week, MC and I visited Whitewater Restaurant in Manly with a bunch of other food bloggers including Excuse Me Waiter, Food Diary By CK, Nessy Eater, Mademoiselle in Sydney and The Kawaii Kitchen.
Whitewater is located opposite the beach and has a stunning view of the water. It’s super convenient to get to although you should plan to get there early to find parking on sunny days like the one that we visited on!
Whitewater has a very bright and modern interior with white ceilings and a wooden roof, exposed brick walls and beautiful beach-style accents such as shells and nets. It has a fresh and inviting look and it’s sleek design suits the Modern Australian menu and beachside location.
There is a large bar on one end and a pretty decent cocktail list to go with it!
The restaurant also has a great private dining area for larger groups, with its own air conditioning unit, a TV and a separate bar counter.
The bottle shapes on the wall give the private dining room a nautical feel and are a great feature point!
Cool giant crab shell!
Overall, I thought the restaurant was very tastefully decorated and had a great modern look.
The staff were very attentive and always made sure our water glasses were full and our plates were cleared when we were finished. They checked if we wanted another drink and asked how our meals were.
All our dishes came out on in good time without any errors or issues at all. A fuss -free dining experience!
As it was a very hot day I decided to go for the Coco-Mango Daiquiri.
The Daiquiri featured Havana Club white rum, Malibu, mango liqueur, mango puree and lime juice. It was quite sweet (the way I like it) and had a good amount of alcohol in it- enough that you could taste it without being too overpowering. It was also icy and cold, so great for summer!
Others ordered Somersby ciders, Pimms & lemonade and a Kryptonite, a very green Wicked-like cocktail which I hear was quite strong!
For entrees we shared a number of dishes with those sitting nearest to us. We started with the Summer Corn with chilli, lime and truffle parmesan. The corn was charred and delicious, with a very smoky taste and sweet, juicy kernels. It could have done with a little more parmesan (I love my cheese) but otherwise, very tasty.
Summer corn, $6.95
Next was the squid. It was described on the menu as “Five Spiced squid served with Asian fried noodles, chives, baby radish, shallots, fried chilli with a lemon and lime aioli” and sounded too good to resist!
We loved the crunch of the squid and the EXTRA crunch of the fried noodles. The chilli spice made the dish and I enjoyed the tangy aioli and sweet soy.
We then feasted on the fresh witlof salad with avocado, mango, feta and crumb dressed with a citrus vinaigrette.
The avocado was soft and creamy and the mango was chilled; combined with the crunchy witlof (eaten like san choy bow) and the tangy feta, it was a match made in heaven. The balsamic and crumb finish off the dish adding sweetness and a slightly buttery taste.
One of my favourite salads- ever! (BIG CALL I KNOW)
Witlof salad, $14.95
Mains were also a treat. We enjoyed a number of dishes, again shared so we could taste a bit of everything.
The Whitewater homemade fettucini marinara (fish, octopus, prawns, calamari) with napolitana sauce was a favourite of mine. It was full of seafood flavour and rich tomatoes. There was a lot of seafood as well- prawns, calamari, fish; and juicy cherry tomatoes.
Seafood marinara, $27.95
The saffron infused chicken risotto was our next choice. Risotto is difficult to get right but this one was pretty good. I enjoyed the creaminess of the risotto, the delicious saffron and the chunky chicken and peas. The dish was also quite a generous serving, and even between four we couldn’t finish it off!
Some of the others ordered the crumbed Lamb loin with olive and pistachio crust truffle mash and a lamb jus. The dish was beautifully presented and looked super appetising. Great for lamb lovers or meat eaters in general.
You cannot come to Manly, or any beach town for that matter, and not eat seafood.
The seafood plate featured freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters, king prawns, tuna tataki, marinated octopus, smoked salmon and prawn cocktail, served with lemon wedges.
MC and I expected a hot and cold seafood plate or a basket so we were a little surprised when this one came out. However at $44 it is pretty good value for seafood and has a lot of variety!
Nonetheless, the seafood was very fresh and we enjoyed everything on the plate (except I didn’t have octopus- yuck!). The tuna tataki was something I hadn’t tried before and I learnt that it consists of soy-infused tuna, sprinkled with sesame seeds- it had a smoky taste and was quite salty- very unusual!
Seafood plate, $43.95
Finally, I tried some of the 40 degree ocean trout with watercress salad and a horseradish mayo. The trout was quite rare, very flaky and pink on the centre. It was a little fishy but I think that added to the flavour.
I enjoyed the addition of red grapes in the salad, along with the cherry tomatoes, avocado and rocket.
40 degree trout, $26.95
I started with an affogato – a shot of coffee poured over vanilla ice cream. Very strong coffee – great for those who like the bitterness, although I would have liked a little less coffee or more ice cream
Plain affogato, $8
For dessert, I couldn’t go past the chocolate ganache, with salted caramel sauce, chocolate spiral and mango and carrot sorbet.
The ganache was super sweet – the stuff my sweetest dreams are made of. It was great with the bitter chocolate on top, the crunchy nougat-like pieces in the base and the salty caramel sauce. I liked the freshness of the mango sorbet, although I didn’t really notice the carrot in it.
A fantastic dish- would definitely recommend and I will be dreaming about this for the rest of the week!
MC ordered a tropical dish featuring a chocolate biscuit base, mango sorbet, mousse centre and a creamy dollop of ice cream, dressed with passionfruit and strawberries. Very summery and not too heavy for those who don’t want as much chocolate as the ganache!
Tropical dessert, $17
The lemon tart sable brereton with lemon financiere and italian meringue was a pretty light and fresh dish. The dish was nicely presented and was very bright and tempting. The lemon was pretty sour (read: perfect), the meringues crunchy. The base was soft and sweet and altogether the dish was very enjoyable.
Lemon tart, $17
Yvonne from Excuse Me Waiter ordered the creme brulee and we were all shocked by the size of the dish. You can’t really tell in this photo but the creme brulee was HUGE! There was also a giant strawberry and a long piece of shortbread on top- great value.
The creme brulee had a nice crunchy top and a creamy, silky custard interior. YUM YUM YUM.
Creme Brulee, $17
As a special surprise, we were given a yummy tasting plate full of various goodies including macarons, the lemon tart and brownies.
Awesome way to end the meal.
Great, friendly staff, modern atmosphere, yummy food. Great place for birthdays and events- take advantage of their private function room and great cocktails!
Afterwards we headed to the beach for a nice walk to work off those calories!
I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 7.75
- Food- 7.5
- Ambience- 7
- Value – 7
TCFB & MC dined courtesy of Whitewater Restaurant and The Platinum Group. All opinions are, however, our own.
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Address: 35 South Steyne, Manly NSW
Tel: (02) 9977 0322