East Esplanade, MANLY
Ph: 02 8116 8555
Bear Cottage, is the first childrens hospice in New South Wales. A place where children with terminal illnesses can stay with their family from time to time to receive rest & receive medical care in a home like environment.
This is my family's 2nd stay, & the plan was to take us out on a whale watching expedition on a boat, & then lunch on the wharf.
We did spot 2 or 3 whales luckily, so everyone was really excited on the way back.
Bear Cottage is a lovely place to stay, my parents get to relax and so does Annie, with lots of activities, games, and other children to play with. They do a great deal to help us all, its just so great to have a place like this for kids to stay in! Usually Annie stays atleast a week every school holidays, and i try to take time off work to join them :)
So after a chilly morning out on the boat, we headed back to Manly wharf for a much needed lunch! The weather was superb, the sun was out, warming us from the slightly chilly breeze, & we were all starving hehe.
I guess we had a special group booking, as plates of pizza were served to everyone who wanted one, and they kept bringing out pizza after pizza, along with sides of chips & salads.
Pepperoni - pepperoni, tomato, mint & buffalo milk mozzarella
Ham - leg ham off the bone, ricotta, balsamic reduction & mushrooms
Margherita - cherry tomato, fresh buffalo milk mozzarella & basil
Chips with Italian tomato sauce & seeded mustard aioli
Pumpkin - roasted pumpkin, zucchini, sweet & sour onions, gorgonzola & pine nuts
Lamb - slow roasted with potato, fetta, olives, capsicum, onion & chilli
Pork belly - slow roasted pork belly with sweet & sour onions & radicchio
Rocket, pear & parmesan salad with balsamic dressing
Mushroom - field mushrooms, taleggio, buffalo mozzarella & basil
The location of the restaurant is beautifully located along the esplanade, with stunning views of the water, small beach, & rich waterfront houses :)
Service was friendly, we did not have to wait long for food, & our cups were constantly re- filled to the tops!
I found the pizza here really light, as in - i could eat quite a few slices, without feeling too fully. The bases were thin & crispy, with lots of topping, so really you were eating more topping then dough - i like that! & also, got to try more than just 2 or 3 different pizza's, we covered about 7 of the 13 pizza's on their menu.