The outcome of three local lads’ (Johnny Broadfoot, Joel Butler and Will Herborn-Quimby) desire to give crowds an affordable insight into the laidback northern beaches lifestyle, El Beau Room has slotted seamlessly into its harbour-side surroundings. Its polished recycled furnishings and kitschy knickknacks are all sandwiched between exposed brick walls, cleverly filling out its narrow warehouse-like space.
There’s not a lot of room in this late-night kitchen and bar, with a bunch of communal tables promoting a friendly vibe. This is reflected on the menu too, as Jamie Oliver-trained chef Johnny Broadfoot pumps out grazing plates of chorizo slider dogs, chicken skewers and pan-fried pork gyoza with chives and Chinese cabbage.
The drinks list proudly boasts a mate’s handcrafted Dad ‘n’ Daves #1 Pale Ale on the rotational tap, which is changed monthly, while also offering a number of home-grown Australian reds, whites and bubbles.
For the more daring, there are the cocktail jugs like the El Beau Mule, a refreshing concoction of vodka, fresh lime, ginger beer, bitters and fresh mint. But for earlier risers, the coffee machine is fired up at 7am, serving espresso courtesy of Surry Hills’ Single Origin Roasters.
Up-and-coming talent is on show on Sundays, as live music takes centre stage, drowning out the squabbling chatter of the circling seagulls outside.
El Beau Room
50 East Esplanade, Manly
(02) 9976 3065
Wed to Sun 5pm–1am