Just Open: The Boathouse cafe at Shelly Beach, Manly

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The Boathouse crew is now frying its famous beer-battered flathead and chips at the old Shelly Beach kiosk.
The Boathouse crew is now frying its famous beer-battered flathead and chips at the old Shelly Beach kiosk. Photo: Jennifer Soo

It might be the start of winter, but Shelly Beach has become a hot place to visit.

The Boathouse team of Pip and Andrew Goldsmith have added to their Palm Beach, Balmoral and Whale Beach venues and rebuilt the existing Shelly Beach kiosk.

"We are very lucky to be opening a venue within the Manly community, Pip Goldsmith says. "We have restored the historic features of this gorgeous Shelly Beach property, and have added to it in the hope that this will be a place for all to visit in the many years to come."

The new venue incorporates an open kitchen, tropical garden, and a wood-fired oven to be used for seafood and breads.

The Boathouse Shelly Beach offers casual breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to a take-away from the kiosk.

Cafe dishes include fried whitebait and Hawkesbury River school prawns with harissa and aioli ($23), wood-fired ricotta with honey, cucumber and buckwheat ($15), an autumn ravioli of duck, potato and rhubarb ($26) and green spaghetti with scampi, pipis, lemon and basil ($32), and the famous Boathouse beer-battered flathead and chips ($29).

The cafe is also licensed, with beer, wine, cocktails and $90 magnums on the menu.

There's no dress code and the Boathouse team invites you to come in your swimmers and thongs or Sunday best.

All of a sudden, summer can't come soon enough. Overlooking a shimmering Shelly Beach with Sydney rock oysters and a magnum of Philip Shaw rosé on the table sounds like a terrific way to spend an afternoon in the Manly sun.

1 Marine Parade Manly, 02 9934 9977, theboathousesb.com.au, open daily 7am-10pm