From here on in Hope Island shall be known as the Hamptons of the Gold Coast. Oozing sophistication and an enviable waterfront existence, it’s the out-of-the-way destination you really should visit more often.
Particularly (how’s the suspense), because Manhattan on Hope opened recently and with a decadent interior and sweeping harbour views, it’s the epitome of opulent glamour. The fitout boasts touches of gilded gold, royal blue velvet accents and dark wood with sparkling crystal chandeliers the pièce de résistance.
The New York-styled venue offers both a sit down dining room and a space for casual drinks and a quieter dinner experience if that’s more your style.
The cuisine is typically fine dining-style and there are MANY options to choose from. With a breakfast through to dinner menu, you could literally sit at Manhattan on Hope all day and stare at the water, contemplating your life choices while sampling all the foods and transitioning from coffee to cocktails at a socially acceptable hour (or not, we don’t judge).
For breakfast the French Toast is pretty as a picture and a little more decadent than your usual options.
Dinner should definitely be the Pork Belly and/or Venison Carpaccio (which is not something you might usually order but TRUST US).
If a Sunday drive and a little touch of New York style are on the agenda, pencil Manhattan on Hope into your schedule.
LOCATION: Shop 18, 10 Santa Barbara Rd, Hope Island
HOURS: 7.30am to 10.30pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.