Zali's closes in Manly, reopens as French bistro

The menu at Bistro Manly has a French turn.
The menu at Bistro Manly has a French turn. Photo: Supplied

Zali Steggall might've pipped Tony Abbott at the ballot box, but the waterfront Manly restaurant on North Steyne with her name on the shingle has closed and taken a French turn.

It's likely the barrister-turned-politician would give the move a tick, having lived and trained in France on her road to becoming an Winter Olympic medallist.

A spokeswoman for the restaurant says Steggall had no commercial interest in Zali's, it was named in her honour.

Bistro Manly has opened in place of Zali's.
Bistro Manly has opened in place of Zali's. Photo: Supplied

Bistro Manly, which has opened in its place, has an interior from designer Bianca Isgro and Cottage Point Inn chef Ryan Dawson in the kitchen.

His opening menu includes a prawn bisque and snapper with a yuzu beurre blanc.

Spring has ushered in Manly's opening season, with deli-speakeasy The Cumberland also opening its (fridge) door this week.

Designer Bianca Isgro created the interior.
Designer Bianca Isgro created the interior. Photo: Supplied

While the European-style deli sells Spanish cured meats and cheeses, the basement bar is hidden behind an antique fridge door. The drinks list includes 250 whiskies.

If you don't enjoy the hunt for hidden bars, The Cumberland can be found at 17-19 Central Avenue.