The Restaurant

Breakfast is anything but boring at Hakan’s. Here the breakfast wheel spins and lands on Turkey.

Look beyond egg, bacon rolls, freshly squeezed juices and raw treats, and other dishes are well worth investigating over a cup of house blend coffee.

For aficionados, this is a three-bean special (Ethiopia, Colombia and arabica, roasted in Marrickville). It’s for sale too, yours for $30 a bag.

If the name Hakan’s seems vaguely familiar, it is. This Manly cafe first popped up in Rialto Square last winter, before taking up residence in the Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel.

Cafe owner Hakan Cinar has also turned the hotel’s shady arches into a mini bazaar. Fancy one of those super-trendy pastel striped Turkish towels?

No problem. They’re rolled up and ready for any trip to the beach. Or there are brightly patterned ceramic bowls and tins of olive oil soap waiting to be snapped up in a state of post-breakfast euphoria.

Foodie fans will find the breakfast-brunchy menu is healthy, but not in that smug, inner temple-worshipping way. Here the bowls of brown rice porridge are gluten-free and pepped up with more unusual ingredients like tahnini, pekmez (a molasses-like syrup) walnuts, almonds, grated apple, ginger and flaxseeds. 

These days no self-respecting menu is complete without smashed avo. Hakan’s smashes these green babies with heirloom tomatoes, sprinkled with nigella seeds and cokelek (a yoghurt-cheese). Hakan’s is different and a new spin on breakfast.