There’s something about a good plate of fish ‘n chips that’s hard to beat. But fish ‘n chips by the seaside is impossible to beat. My ship came in recently at Manly, one of Brisbane’s wonderful Moreton Bay suburbs where I caught up with old friends for lunch. It’s a few years since I was last at Manly – in fact, the last time was when I enjoyed a previous lunch with the same friends.
While it retains a quintessential Queensland feel with old, character-laden colonial houses, a foreshore lined with majestic, spreading Moreton Bay figs, and the familiar harbour a dense jungle of yacht masts, Manly has joined the lifestyle crowd with current-day architectural touches and wide open restaurant facades. The day of my visit was a cloudless blue-sky day with a light sea breeze taking the bite out of the 30deg-plus temperature. Looking out across Moreton Bay, with Straddie sitting on the horizon, I tucked into my crisply battered snapper and fat, crunchy fries accompanied by a crisp pinot gris. Hard to beat indeed!