Daniel San is inspired by a punk-rock version of The Karate Kid – it’s a fun, casual spot with a rock‘n’roll-meets-the-beach atmosphere.
It is by bar owner and Northern Beaches local, Fraser Short and his business partner, Arthur Laundy. They’ve brought in executive chef Benjamin Orpwood (formerly of Toko) who has created an original and exciting Japanese restaurant and bar menu.
A pink neon ceiling greets you as you enter Daniel San. You’ll then walk past an Asian marketplace of karate trophies, chicken coops and bags of plastic fish. This huge, 350-seat venue doesn’t skimp on detail and ingenuity, with several eclectic bar and kitchen spaces featured throughout.
The aim of Daniel San is to make Japanese food less formal, and to be a place you can pop into for the mammoth sashimi boats – perfect for sharing. Other highlights include Japanese skewers from the Robata grill and Japanese beer slushies from the cocktail bar.
Daniel San has a playful set up downstairs and an upstairs complete with a private dining room, event and function space and some of the best balcony views in Manly.