The latest installation of Saké Restaurant & Bar has finally opened as part of the revamped Manly Wharf precinct. The new rooftop digs boast the sixth iteration of the award-winning Sake brand, and the third in Sydney, to continue its signature offering of sleek and contemporary Japanese fare — but this time with a distinctly Manly vibe.
The 300-seat space is designed by the highly lauded studio Luchetti Krelle (Manly Greenhouse, Terminus Hotel, Banksii and Acme, to name a few) and really reflects its beachside location. Think floor-to-ceiling windows and bi-fold doors that open onto an al fresco dining terrace, and to the panoramic ocean views of Manly Cove beyond. The bright dining room includes a variety of seating with a 40-seat sushi counter, a 60-seat bar and several private dining spaces.
An open kitchen centres around the robata grill, where head chef Shoji Toru turns out an izakaya-style menu that's available at the bar all day. Venue specific dishes include shiokouji (salted rice malt) lamb chops, king prawns with yuzu and herb miso and roasted chicken with hot and sour sauce.
On the regular menu, signature Sake dishes like the hiramasa kingfish and popcorn shrimp sit alongside Manly-exclusive items like bite-sized sashimi cones, tempura miso-glazed eggplant and the Grandmaster Sizzle: hamburger steak with kimuchi fried rice, all served on a sizzling hotplate.
The expansive drinks list has a focus on Japanese sakes, with the 30-label menu served by the glass, carafe, bottle or flight. There's also a 150-strong wine list and over 30 gin distilleries represented, too. The latter will feature in the venue's signature gin 'bowls' (i.e. cocktails) and ten signature drinks, while seasonal spritzes will focus on sparkling sake, umeshu, yuzu and shochu. Happy hour runs every Monday through Wednesday from 5–6pm with $10 spritzes and gin bowls up for grabs.
Images: Tom Ferguson (venue) and Anna Kucera (food and drinks).