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Papi Chulo
American
  • 22-23 Manly Wharf,
    Manly,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9240 3000,
    merivale.com.au
  • Mon-Sat noon-10pm,

    Sun noon-9pm

     

Papi Chulo
-36.631525,174.756884

It's right on the water, it's infectious fun, and it serves top-notch food and drinks. What's not to like? Attention to detail can waver (you might want to bring your own packet of Wet Ones, for instance), and it may be a little too casual for real comfort in some areas, but the boisterous crowds who regularly flock here don't seem to mind. Start with a dip into the well-edited drinks list and some briny oysters served with grapefruit mignonette. Then winnow your way through a menu that combines southern US influences (barbecue dishes are a major theme), south-east Asian flavours and local heroes. Swordfish ceviche paired with young coconut and chilli is summer on a plate, while jumbo king prawns are cooked just glassy, fragrant with lemongrass and coconut. The porchetta, charry from the spit-roast, is superbly gelatinous with a crunchy crackling. As a dessert, dulce de leche retains the holiday vibes right to the end.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $10-$23

    M $20-$42

    D $15;

    set menus $55-$100

     

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Patrick Friesen & Christopher Hogarth

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