Girdler’s Cafe, Manly

Eat, Sydney / 6 June 2018

Girdler’s café is making their mark on Manly, serving up wholesome and nourishing food that looks just as good as it tastes.

Ryan Girdler? Ring a bell? No, it didn’t for me either, but apparently, he’s an impressive NSW Blues footy player. What I do know is that he, with his partner Katja, have been kicking goals in the café scene with their trio of Girdler’s cafes at Dee Why, Warringah Mall, and the latest addition in Manly.
When it comes to brunching in Manly, few of us venture beyond the hustle and bustle of the main streets. However, take a turn onto the quiet back street, Short Street, and you’ll stumble across the buzzing, Girdler’s café.
Smiling staff, colourful plates, and kids playing on the grass patch outside (Girdler’s is very family friendly) make this place radiate with life and energy.
An open kitchen and drinks bar in the centre of the floor allow you to take a peep at the artistry of the talented staff. And no wonder they want to show it off.  Girdler’s takes pride in producing wholesome, nourishing meals, that are healthy and dietary requirement friendly (hooray for the vegans and gluten free-ers!). But fret not, flavour is not compromised.
For a lighter breaky, try the Coco Chia Jar ($14, gf, df, rsf). A coconut and vanilla chia pudding, with a mix of fresh fruit, super foods & mango, with a side of honey & coconut ice cream. This dish is vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free, and is an edible piece of art just begging to be Instagrammed.
If you feel like indulging, do it guilt-free with the Pancake Revolution ($19, gf, df, rsf). Yes, we were a bit sceptical about ‘healthy pancakes’ but we’re sold. These almond milk, coconut & banana pancakes with seasonal berries, homemade ‘Goodtella’, pistachios and vanilla coconut yoghurt, with a side of organic maple syrup, are a must try.
A safe but still impressive choice, is the Holy Avo ($18). With avocado, kale florets, haloumi, micro herbs, poached eggs, homemade green goddess sauce on rye sourdough. AKA, smashed avo on steroids, it’s sure to leave any foodie satisfied.
Their array of drinks cover all bases, and are just as impressive as the food. Fresh juices, daily made ice tea, super smoothies, kids milkshakes, organic tea, speciality coffee and the list goes on.
And don’t let the Winter chill turn you off this beach location. Inside or outside seating will do as Girdler’s is decked out with, much appreciated, heaters and blankets. So cosy in with a cup of Chai.
Come here for a welcoming atmosphere, with consistently quality coffee and nourishing, delicious food.  This wholesome café is a must try.
Girdler’s Cafe
Short st plaza, Manly NSW 2095