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Hugos, Manly

February 26, 2013 — 4 Comments

Should it be “Hugo’s” restaurant? Or is it about a bunch of people called Hugo?

Well despite the grammar complexity Hugos at Manly is worth a visit.

Hugos - Manly wharf

Hugos is on Manly Wharf, with views across to the harbour-side beach, looking towards the west.

Hugos - harbour beach

And then looking to the south, you can watch the ferries arrive from the city.

Hugos - restaurant view

Hugos - view

What a setting for a meal!  The breezes blow through the open windows beautifully.

Perfect place for sipping cocktails and whiling away the time.  This one’s made with gin, apple liquor, lemon, mint and cucumber.

Hugos - cocktail

Refreshing for a warm summer’s day.  Then the pizza arrives.  The wild mushroom one, with taleggio, goat’s curd and caramelised onions.

Hugos - mushroom

Lovely, rich-tasting mushrooms.

On another day we shared an artichoke pizza, with pancetta, chicory, taleggio, chilli and lemon.

Hugos - artichoke

Also a good pizza.  And here’s another pizza we shared.  The puttanesca, with anchovies, capers, olives, tomato, oregano, and a hint of chilli.

Hugos - anchovies

As you can see, the pizzas at Hugos are very good.  The crust is crispy and fine, just enough to hold the topping and balance out the flavours.

Watching the meals arrive at other tables, all of the food there looks good, Italian-styled food.  Some dishes I’d like to try include:

  • The tasting plate: four natural oysters, fried calamari, fig salad & Italian meatballs
  • Crispy skin barramundi with grilled eggplant, roasted beetroot, saffron fennel and a caviar dressing
  • Or other pizzas such as:
    • Fig ‐ fresh figs, pancetta, gorgonzola, tomato and basil
    • Chorizo ‐ chorizo sausage, olives, chilli, smoked mozzarella, Spanish onions and rouille dressing

Hugos - lunch view

The ferry to / from Manly has spectacular views.  I hope people who regularly commute don’t take it for granted.

Hugos - ferry

That’s the view of Hugos from the ferry.

On both of the recent visits here it was during the day and during the week, much quieter than I hear it is sometimes.  I can imagine it buzzing and totally full in the evenings and on weekends.

Perfect place for some wine or cocktails, with good food, overlooking the Harbour.


Here are the details about Hugos, Manly, at time of posting. Please check their web site for more current details.

Web site / Facebook
Address Shop 1, Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly, NSW 2011
Phone 02 8116 8555
Open 7 days a week, 12pm until late
Menu Starters: $18-28
Mains: $30-40
Pizza: $20-28
Sides: $10
Hugos Manly on Urbanspoon


Where’s your favourite place to eat with a view?

LusciousKiki Cakes, Brookvale

February 22, 2013 — 8 Comments

Kiki’s nieces got it right: suggesting to Kiki to make lamingtons because they wanted something different to cupcakes.

Kiki started off making a variety of lamingtons about a year ago, first selling them at the Beaches Market at Warriewood (a lovely market, on every Friday morning). Her lamingtons are made with a buttercake mixture, rather than the usual sponge mixture. The ingredients are all fresh and local, quality.

About halfway through last year, Kiki moved into a small cafe in the industrial area of Brookvale, opening twice a week, and the rest of the week cooking and delivering lamingtons to cafes and other places around the city.

A few weeks back I popped in to the shop to try the lamingtons, and luscious they are, so had to get back again and buy some more.

The Shop

LusciousKikis - entry

The day I visited was grey and dull, but on a sunny day it would be even lovelier enjoying a lamington and coffee outside.

LusciousKikis - outside

The Cakes

First thing you see as you walk into the shop is the array of lamingtons. Yum.

LusciousKikis - counter

LusciousKikis - menu

The menu keeps changing weekly, following the seasons, with what’s available.  Today’s lamingtons were:

  • Tickled Pink Velvet: just like red velvet cake, just a bit lighter!
  • Lime Splice: lime and vanilla
  • Chocolate Coma: double chocolate mud cake with chocolate chunks, chocolate dip, chocolate coconut and topped with shaved chocolate
  • Turkish Delight: chocolate with chunks of turkish delight inside
  • The Bounty: white chocolate mud infused with fresh coconut milk and organic coconut, chocolate dip and shredded coconut
  • The Zorba: baklava-style with honey, pistachios, walnuts and macadamias
  • Lemon Sherbet: tangy and sweet lemon

People with food intolerances such as wheat, dairy, egg and refined sugar are catered for, too.

LusciousKikis - cakes

Here’s one of Kiki’s cakes, made with passionfruit, lime and coconut with a lime syrup:
LusciousKikis - orange

In the cafe you can order coffee or tea to have with one of the yummy cakes, or fresh lemonade or ginger beer.  Would be a lovely place to linger.

Kiki’s coffee is from Cabrito Coffee Traders in Bulletin Place in the City. They can provide the coffee beans in just the right quantities so it’s always freshly roasted, and never has time to go stale. Good coffee, too.

LusciousKikis - inside

Some of the decorations are from Kiki’s grandmother, and those along with the old-fashioned mirrors on the walls, and brightly-coloured cushions add to the warmth and character of the place.

LusciousKikis - inside 2

Trying the Cakes

Of course I had to get one of each of the lamingtons available today.  Some were on the menu last time, and most were new. On the longer row, from left to right: Lemon Sherbet, Lime Splice, The Bounty, Tickled Pink Velvet.  Then on the shorter row, also from left to right: The Zorba, Chocolate Coma, Turkish Delight.

LusciousKikis - unboxing

It’s the little touches like the pink lining to the box which show the care Kiki puts in to everything she does!

Now here are some of the lamingtons up close.  First, the Zorba, the one with honey, pistachios, walnuts and macadamias:

LusciousKikis - zorba

And the Turkish Delight:

LusciousKikis - turkish delight

This is the Bounty, with white chocolate mud infused with fresh coconut milk and organic coconut, chocolate dip and shredded coconut:

LusciousKikis - bounty

And the Lime Splice:

LusciousKikis - lime 2

They’re all moist, soft, rich in flavour, each very different, with the only similarity being the coconut on the outside.  But even that varies from cake to cake.  You know that you have to keep going back to the shop to try the different varieties on offer with the seasons!

Buying the Cakes

On Fridays and Saturdays you can buy these luscious lamingtons (and other cakes) from the cafe in Brookvale. Getting there is easy, including on public transport, being just a block away from the main road with buses to / from Manly.

Kiki also takes orders for special events / catering, including making mini versions of the lamingtons.

More Thoughts

I’d recommend reading back through the LusciousKiki Cakes Facebook page to see the huge variety of lamingtons Kiki provides – obviously always experimenting!  Also, Kiki has her own personal blog, with thoughts on progress with her work and life.  That all goes to show that here place could just as well be called Delightful Kiki’s Cakes 🙂


Here are the details about LusciousKiki Cakes, at time of posting. Please check the Facebook page / directly with Kiki for more current details.

Web site / Facebook
Address 16 Sydenham Road, Brookvale, NSW, 2100
Phone 0417 499 022
Open Friday and Saturday, 8am-3pm
Menu Lamingtons: $3
LusciousKiki Cakes on Urbanspoon


Where do you go for special treats like these?