"I wasn't expecting that."
This is a typical response from people in Manny's
Bar and Restaurant Dunedin when they have their food
served up. From the photos you can tell that these are not
your ordinary "pub meals" and are far removed from the
typical burger and chips and roast of the day that you
typically get presented with at most bars.
Manny's Bar chef, who has been a chef for 14 years, shares
his thoughts on what makes his customers happy:
3. Great Presentation
Looks simple, but that's what makes his food stand out.
I asked him if he would expand on these ideas.
Do you follow recipes?
"I'm an 'add to taste' sort of chef." He's a big believer in
checking the flavours as he goes so he knows exactly how his
food tastes. Some chefs don't taste their food and they have
no idea of what's ending up on the plate at the end.
"I do what I do and people seem to enjoy it.''
He's understated, he doesn't like to stand out and make a big
deal about what he does, but he's always looking to put the
"wow factor" into his dishes. He wants to have a person's jaw
drop when their food arrives.
He quietly mentioned the importance of simplicity and timing.
If you've ever waited a long time for your meal to arrive,
one of the reasons for this is poor timing in the kitchen.
Timing only comes with a lot of experience. No chef comes out
of the factory with this skill, but Manny's maestro has got
his down pat.
The chef has worked under a number of chefs but he admits
that he really just goes by feel and the end result seems to
work out great, he always recieved straight A's in home
economics so it was obviously something that he was pretty
Was there anything else?
You want a person to enjoy their meal before they begin
eating. You want them to already know that they're going to
enjoy the dish. People eat with their eyes and nose first, so
you have to plate up a dish that appeals to those senses so
they feel satiated on all levels.
If you'd like to try some of this chef's dishes then go down
to Manny's Bar, 91 St Andrew St, Dunedin and try some of
their food, bring your friends down.
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