A Manly wine bar with local produce, local beers and local people.

The team at Manly's new wine bar is celebrating Australia's finest assets. A restaurant as well as a wine bar, Good Hope's menu is all about supporting the little guys. Their produce is 100 percent Aussie — albeit with a strong Japanese influence — and because quality Australian produce is hardly in short supply, their extensive wine list and sharing menu is on constant rotation.

Good Hope's dishes are experimental without being too intricate or trying too hard to push the boundaries, which means a couple of share plates will guarantee you a good feast. For their steak tartare they've broken away from tradition, swapping out the egg for smoked eggplant, and toast for sliced turnip, which they've somehow fashioned into a soft taco shell of sorts ($20). And when it comes to the crowd pleaser that is fried chicken, theirs is a recipe you won't find anywhere else. Their sweet potato fried chicken with pickled onion ($16) is light and crunchy and has a mild curry spice, though the ingredients in the sauce are shrouded in secrecy.

Given the bar's penchant for quality Australian produce, it's hardly surprising that lamb rump features on the menu. Aged for three days and paired with house soured cream, silverbeet, nuts and seeds ($32),  it's the staple you should build the rest of your meal around.

Just a short walk from Manly Wharf, Good Hope is both a pre-planned dinner venue and a place to drop in for a drink after work. The bar is stocked with a contingency of standout Aussie names — Young Henrys, Nomad, Stone & Wood, Angry Man, Archie Rose and Four Pillars, to name a few — and regulars have started holding out for the wine of the week.

With an entire wall lined with wine and a wood panelled and gold accented bar that forms the centrepiece of the restaurant, Good Hope aren't shy about showcasing their best assets.

Images: Days Like These Photography.

Published on January 19, 2017 by Alexandra Middleton

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