48 North Steyne
(02) 9976 3030
Mon-Sun: 7am - Late
A touch of France has been added to a favourite Manly bar/café, restaurant on the beachfront courtesy of the new owners.
A much-loved Manly haunt for coffee, drinks and food - Hemingway’s - is also now the proud holder of the Covered. Café Coffee Wars. Hemingway’s took the crown in the hotly contested battle to win prime position as the Coffee King of the Northern Beaches.
More than 4,000 coffee lovers across the peninsula voted for their favourites among the 29 cafés who took part, and Hemingway’s topped the polls overall.
When new owner Sonia Piantoni arrived at Hemingway’s almost a year ago, she confesses, “I knew nothing about coffee. We don’t do coffee like this in France!”
She quickly realized the necessity of understanding coffee and immersed herself in coffee culture, quickly upskilling to learn about coffee beans, roasting and, of course, making coffee.
“Now everyone who works here has to be able to make coffee, it’s the one thing we insist on. And if you come to work here from France you first have to learn all about coffee,” she laughs.
Sonia and her husband bought Hemingway’s in October 2014. Emmanuel Deleuze had lived in Manly when he was younger so Sonja had heard all about the beachside community before the couple brought their two daughters here for a holiday a few years making the move.
The couple ran three restaurants, one - Le Montana, a Michelin Star restaurant, in the French mountain resort, Val Thorens. They worked there for five ski seasons, building their business and working fulltime and more through the hectic ski season for about six months of the year.
“We came and the girls loved it and so we then had the motivation to make the move,” she explains. Emmanuel moved here ahead of Sonia and the couple’s daughters and she stayed to finish the ski season in France and the school year.
Sonia says the children love Manly and the beach lifestyle and they are slowly bringing a touch of home to Manly with the introduction of French cuisine like Cheese Fondue and Hot Stone cooking.
To encourage the French theme, Hemingway’shas added some specials to the menu:
Dine with us on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and take advantage of our Plats Du Jour. Order something French from the menu and we’ll give you a paired glass of wine for free!
* Steak Tartare comes with a free a glass of Côtes du Rhône
* Moules Marinières comes with a free glass of Gros Manseng Sauvignon Brumont.
And while the menus will have seasonal changes Sonia is already looking forward to the warmer weather when:
This Summer, Hemingway’s will bring a little bit of France to the menu, mixing up our traditional offering of juicy burgers and fresh salads with traditional French dishes, including Croque Madame, Salad Nicoise, Moules Mariniere, Steak Tartare and Tarte Flambee.