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Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly

A breezy indoor-outdoor Japanese restaurant in Sydney with views out over Manly Cove.
By Marissa Ciampi
July 01, 2023
By Marissa Ciampi
July 01, 2023

The latest installation of Saké Restaurant & Bar opened back in 2018 as part of the revamped Manly Wharf precinct. The 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 GreenhouseTerminus Hotel 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.

sashimi at Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly

An open kitchen centres around the robata grill, which turns out an izakaya-style menu that's available at the bar all day. Venue specific dishes include ginger chicken with ume sour dipping sauce, lobster tempura with jalapeños and wagyu strip loin with chat potatoes and yakiniku sauce. 

On the regular menu at Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly, signature Sake dishes like the hiramasa kingfish and popcorn shrimp sit alongside Manly-exclusive items like tempura miso-glazed eggplant.

the main dining room at Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly

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.

If you're coming to Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly with a group then look to book one of the elegant private dining rooms, with seatings of six to twenty available across three rooms.  

three colourful cocktails at Sake Restaurant and Bar Manly

Images: Tom Ferguson (venue) and Anna Kucera (food and drinks). 

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