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If you, along with the rest of Sydney, are engaged in a love affair with tapas, Sable is another spot ready to pander to your whims. Sitting on the second floor of the Manly Pacific Hotel, it blends Mediterranean share plates with sizzling, moody decor every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Since it is a tapas bar, it has the token dark furniture and sultry corners, but it mixes it up with some innovative design. Nab a seat in a huge wicker wheel seat, for example, and find out what it's like to nibble on marinated olives or pumpkin and sage arancini inside a posh furniture doughnut or make the most of the best views of Manly beach as you lounge on the terrace.
The cuisine at Sable does a good job of faking a Spanish accent with seasonal options like crispy red wine poached chorizo, salt cod fritters with a red pepper aioli, confit pork belly with spiced sour cherries as well as tasting plates. Churros (Spanish doughnuts) also tempt with sweet, chocolatey goodness. More temptation comes in the form of a cocktail list. With names as inventive as the ingredients themselves, it gives your tastebuds a chance to let loose with the likes of "Sake vs. Cucumber" (Smirnoff Black, sake and cucumber) and "Normandy Cobbler" (a fun mix of rum, Poire Williams, ginger wine and a fresh pear). Wine, beer and spirits are also available. As an aside, Sable also has a selection of private areas which have enjoyed the same sultry, modern treatment and are happy to welcome you with cushions, small tables and obliging waitstaff.