Poke Bowls and Nepalese Dumplings at Momo Bar, Manly
Of all the restaurants I went to in Australia, Momo Bar in Manly has got to be one of my favourites. I hadn’t heard of poke bowls until just before I went to Australia and I was very keen to try them.
Poke bowls originate from Hawaii and they are healthy meals suitable for meat eaters, vegetarians or vegans.
This fantastic little BYO restaurant offers alfresco dining. Even though it was a cold evening when I arrived, the heaters were on and blankets provided so it didn’t feel cold at all. You can order soft drinks here but no alcohol is served. However, you are allowed to bring your own (BYO) if you want to.
There are a variety of succulent Nepalese dumplings available. You have a choice of chicken, vegetable, lentil, lamb or pork. These are served in a broth of your choice and are absolutely delicious, served steaming hot.
It took me a long time to decide what to have in my poke bowl as there was so much choice. If you are building your own, there are 6 sections on the menu from which you select your base, meat or fish and toppings.
Eventually, I decided! I had to go up to the counter to order and then the food was served at your table when it is ready. I opted for white rice with salmon topped with seaweed salad, edamame beans, coriander, red chillies and corn. On top of that I had roasted sesame sauce, shoyu sauce, coconut chips and fried shallots. The combination of flavours was amazing. Here is my bowl!
More information on Momo Bar can be found on their facebook business page.
For Solo Travellers…
As a solo traveller this is a great restaurant to come to. Offering alfresco dining creates a more casual atmosphere and you don’t feel out of place dining alone. Some people are coming off the beach so no need to dress up but, you don’t look out of place if you do.
At Momo Bar, there is a mixture of solo diners, couples and friends. Service is quite quick so potentially 45 minutes to an hour is all you need. Therefore, as it seems to be quite a popular place to come, if there is a little wait for a table, you probably won’t need to wait too long. The turnaround time is quite fast.
Would I Return?
100% yes! Such fantastic food and an easy place to eat for a solo traveller. The menu is extensive too so plenty of chance to try different variations! Great place to come.
If you fancy going for a couple of drinks after, why not try Sugar Lounge on the North Steyne. It is a few minutes walk from Momo Bar and is a relaxed place to eat or just have drinks. Some nights they have open mic too!
Read more of my solo holiday reviews from my Sydney, Australia page.