Reviews of Hugos Manly
How the mighty have fallen. As a regular over the past few years I expected better. Last night they were slow to serve (waited over 1/2 an hour to be asked anything, 45 minutes between the entree to get a pizza main), they brought warm wine (with an ice bucket at least), and they took my drivers licence and credit card away for 'safekeeping' so I could order a drink while waiting for my table - then on complaining to be told 'it's the new liquor laws, we need to hold a drivers licence'. When I complained about this, the management on duty was rude and accused me of not trusting their staff - clearly they don't trust their customers. Save your money and go elsewhere, there are a lot of better places in Manly.
This is our regular girls lunch haunt. Whilst we sometimes have to wait at the bar to get a table they do let us linger all afternoon. Sometimes that means shuffling between tables to accommodate others however they are always so friendly about it we don't mind. We rarely go past the pizzas as they are good to share as a group but I recently had the angel hair tuna pasta and this was delicious.
Hugo's @ Manly In hopes for the sun to come out again, Hippo is dreaming of a place near the water and to go back there again to enjoy the sun, food and drinks of course! ;).
The place is Hugos Manly located on the wharf side.
Having worked in the surrounds, Hippo has had many lunch dates and after work drinks at this awesome place. Not too long ago one of my best girls had her birthday celebration there as well.
The Hippo has also succumbed to dinner and drinks at this particular venue a few times during the winter months as well. It is equally beautiful during the colder months, just being able to sit and take in the spectacular views of Manly in the comfort of heated areas and looking out at the waves. If youre lucky you may even get too see the sunset in the winter on those rare but blessed days that almost feel like summertime.
They do cocktails the list is fairly priced, over lunches and after work drinks the pizzas are popular.
Staff are friendly and place is always lively. However due to residents located close by Hugos Manly isnt opened till the wee hours of the morning. But definitely recommend that you pay a visit during the hours that it is open ;)
Cocktails the Hippo has tried:Pash @ $15 - Absolut Kurrant, Jaggard & Cointreau shaken with passionfruit, apple and grapefruit juice. Served in a martini glass with a sugar rim
Lychee Martini @ $15 - Beefeater gin, Pariaso lychee liqueur, Lillet Blanc & lychee juice. Stirred with a dash of peach bitters
Sunset Geisha @ $15 - Wyborowa Rose vodka, Massenez Fraise des Bois, Paraiso lychee liqueur, grapefruit, lychee & fresh passionfruit with a dash of sugar
They also do jugs @ $36 each, the Hippo has had and highly recommends these in the summer as there is definitely enough to go around between a pair, or even for a trio.
HUGOS PUNCH Plymouth Gin & Massenez Crme de Pche combined with grapefruit, lime & passionfruit then married with sparkling wine
WHITE SANGRIA Havana Blanco Rum, St Germain Elderflower & Massenez Pomme Verte mixed with Dolin Vermouth, Sauvignon Blanc & lemonade then infused with apples, strawberries & cucumber
PIMMS COOLER Plymouth Gin, Pimms No. 1, lemonade & dry ginger ale infused with slices of fresh orange, strawberry, mint & cucumber
For the foodies, the following pizzas are on Hippos top list.
For the veg:Garlic pizza bread with sea salt, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil & buffalo mozzarella @ $16Margherita - Roma tomato, buffalo milk mozzarella, Parmesan & fresh basil @ $20Pumpkin - roasted pumpkin, zucchini, sweet & sour onions, gorgonzola & pine nuts @ $24Prosciutto - sliced prosciutto, rocket, tomato, Parmesan & balsamic dressing @ $28
For the carnivores:Prawn - chilli prawns, roasted capsicum, tomato & salsa verde @ $28Lamb - slow roasted lamb with potato, feta, olives, capsicum, onion & chilli @ $28
*All pizzas are available gluten free (excluding Italian). A $3 surcharge applies. When they mean chilli it does have a kick to it so wouldnt call it mild!
Hippos Pluses:Inside & outside seating and can accommodate up to 300If you end up having a few too many or are planning on drinking more than a few on the night all you have to do is catch a ferry and walk into Hugos as it sits on the wharf Run by the Executive Chef and co-owner Pete Evans, you will see his passion for good food and when you visit and take in the awesome atmosphere Entry is free :)
Hippos minuses:Not a cheap place Not somewhere you can party past 12.30-1am in the morning, due to close residential properties Parking is available but you have to pay for it Last ferry leaves Manly at 12.30am Hippos guesstimate from memory!
Side NOTE:For those of us who are after a bigger night try Hugos at the Cross, also run by the same group but bigger and much accommodating for the party goers and those looking for a dance or two. There is strict entry and there may be a line if you arrive late. Dress formal and you shouldnt have a problem. But be willing to wait!!
On a beautiful, clear blue sky day there is nothing better than relaxing on the ferry over the Manly and stopping by Hugos for a bite to eat. Hugos is located right on the wharf so you are literally almost at the doorstep from the minute you walk off the ferry. The seating is designed to attract customers to sit and enjoy their meal while taking in all the activities and colourful characters happening around you, which in turn provides a chilled out and welcoming atmosphere.The staff, food and location are all beautiful and I can't think of a better spot to sit back, enjoy a pizza and a few drinks with your other half, extended family or friends.