The misschu tuckshops have been popping up all over Sydney lately and now one has set up shop in Manly, conveniently at the junction between the Manly ferry wharf and the promenade leading to Manly beach. The design of the place follows the familiar elements of their tuckshops elsewhere in Sydney – plenty of repurposed furniture (think ironing board tables and milk crates with cushions), hanging lights with china bowl shades and blackboards everywhere with menu items scribbled on. Apart from those signature items, the essence of Manly is incorporated into the decor with the canvas and wooden beach chairs in the corner outside, which we make a beeline for and relax into as we wait for our order.
Our first encounter with misschu was early last year and while I’ve tried many items off their extensive menu since then, I hadn’t tried their Banh Cuon until this visit. These traditional Vietnamese steamed rice crepes are delicate looking rolls enveloping some minced pork and wood ear mushrooms, topped off with chilli and fried onions. They are silky smooth, full of flavour and have me wanting more!
Pork & Wood Ear Mushroom Banh Cuon, $12
Next up, we had their Salt and Pepper Squid, which weren’t really bite-sized and needed to be cut down to a more manageable size. These pieces of squid are encased with a heavier batter than I expected, but they are still quite satisfying especially when dipped into the sriracha chilli sauce which accompanied them.
Salt & Pepper Squid, $14
To cap off our visit to the beachy Manly tuckshop, we sipped on some alcoholic versions of our favourite Frozen Young Coconut Crushies, which are spiked with a dash of vodka in them. My Lychee & Cucumber Vodka Crushie was just as refreshing as I remembered from my last visit and the boy enjoyed his tropical Pineapple & Mint version too.
Lychee & Cucumber Vodka Crushie and Pineapple & Mint Vodka Crushie, $12 each
misschu’s new location is a great spot to hit up if you’re visiting Manly. It brings a slice of the city dining scene to the beachy suburb and continues to serve up its signature dishes and drinks at its new locale.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of misschu
misschu Manly Tuckshop
5/54 W Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095
Ph:(02) 9976 3682