Daniel San is Manly’s latest beachfront establishment featuring Japanese street food through their raw bar and a robata menu. Headed up by chef Benajamin Orpwood (ex Toko, the casual menu is super affordable and boasts authentic Japanese fare such as yakitori chicken thigh and pork belly robata skewers, tuna belly sushi with truffle and yuzu, sticky lamb ribs, steamed buns with soft shell crab and kimchi mayo, and much more.
The fit out pays homage to the cult 1980’s film The Karate Kid with its bright, open interior, Ginza-inspired neon, quirky elements of Californian surf and Japanese culture while blasting 80’s rock. The place is even equipped with its very own unique Beer Slushy machine imported from Japan.
The combination of neon lights, rock and roll and japanese food makes it an eclectic place to hangout with a group of friends especially since a lot of the menu items are made to share. Ordering is done at the bar which can be a little annoying - going back and forth to order drinks and those delicious robata skewers, but makes up for it as food comes out quite efficiently.
Pricing: $4.50 - $65 (food)
Vibe: Eclectic casual
Try: Sticky Lamb Ribs ($26), yakitori chicken thigh and pork belly robata skewers ($9.50 for 3 skewers)