If anything is going to lure us towards the beach in the middle of winter, it's a cracking feast of locally-sourced, sustainable seafood. That's exactly how Arthur's Oysters and Seafood will tempt punters across town when it opens its doors in Manly on Tuesday, August 1.
Helmed by Scottish Rising Star Chef of the Year, Jason Wright (Kittyhawk), the Pittwater Road newbie is promising an on trend eatery, with the space pitched somewhere between a fish and chips shop and an upscale diner. The decor is a nod to the era of its namesake, Governor Arthur Phillip, who founded the British penal colony that later became Sydney.
A dedicated oyster bar will be shucking molluscs to order, to sit alongside a share-friendly menu of thought-provoking, innovative dishes. The motto here is 'life's too short for sad seafood', so expect a celebration of top Aussie produce using clever techniques, like fried oyster with steak tartare and horseradish chips; macadamia prawns teamed with freeze dried lychee and artichoke puree; and an amped-up riff on PB&J for dessert.
On hand to wash it down is a short-but-sweet drinks selection, including six Hunter Valley wines on rotation and an oft-changing range of small-batch beers from breweries like Tiny Rebel and Nomad.
Arthur's Oysters and Seafood opens on August 1 at 46 Pittwater Rd, Manly.