A great little restaurant up towards Brisbane Street in William, Manise turns out excellent East Indonesian food. It is a small space and very popular – as well as the printed menu there are black boarded daily specials which are worth trying out.
Unlicensed, but they are happy to accommodate wine drinkers with glasses readily supplied – and with the recent opening of Wines of While right across the road you have a great choice of interesting and different wines to bring along with you – as we did with a pretty good rosé – White is Rosé – French from natural and organic winemaker Gregory White – made from Cinsault it has a perfumed nose of strawberries and flowers; dry palate, lingering finish; perfect with spicy food, we found.
Anyway, when we dropped by Manise during the week, we had already had a couple of snacks across the road at Wines of While so decided this time to forgo the starters and grab a couple of mains.
One of the day’s specials appealed – chicken skin satay – skewers of chicken with skin, slathered in a peanutty and chilli sauce, with accompanying cucumber and steamed rice was spot on. Delightful dish of succulent chook and authentically flavoured sauce.
Then one of their excellent fish dishes – Ikan Bakar Ambon – a whole fish, grilled and butterflied. On the side a sour/sweet/spicy sauce to go along with the steamed rice. The fish was crispy, juicy, tender– spot on.
A hotter house made chilli sauce is available on the table for those who like a little more kick and it does deliver one!
Great service – friendly and welcoming; very good food at amazingly low prices; and now with a wine bar/shop across the road – what’s not to like? Definitely get along and try them out.