Ferry Nice to be at Papi Chulo

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Located right on the Manly Wharf, Papi Chulo will change the way you think about barbeque and meat. This place is not your usual American smokehouse as it intertwines with Brazilian and Latin American. Their menu is fantastic for the meat lovers and if you have any intention on ordering the entire menu, go ahead! However it’s best to bring at least seven foodie mates along, well at least we did. Ok, it felt right to organise another food blogger’s event with the opportunity to overlook Manly Wharf during the day.

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Finally made it to Papi Chulo’s in 30 minutes flat from Circular Quay wharf.

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Here at Papi Chulo the view is fabulous.

The only time you’ll notice me sitting in silence is when the Smoked wagyu brisket (300 gm) ($34) arrives. It’s too damn delicious and has abundant marbling that moistens the meat from the inside. Be sure to taste the natural smoked juices and yes you’ll know there is a difference. Reality is that their wagyu servings has limited availability for seven people but overall they were mighty good.

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Smoked wagyu brisket (300 gm) ($34)

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Just look at the brisket closely, it’s so hypnotising.

My eyes were also interested in the Smoked hot wings ($16) with comeback sauce. I must confess, I ate three out of nine. It was so hard to stop grabbing the entire bowl of mid-wings for myself because they were the most popular appetisers on the table. Let’s face it- the wings are crisped and create the perfect combination of smoked madness. It’s really wings that everyone will love.

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Smoked hot wings ($16) 

Curly fries ($9) tasted heavily on the tongue, but I personally liked it best when it’s bathed in the creamy spicy comeback sauce. They are somewhat twirly, if you dive your fingers into the basket and there’s so much fun when dunked into the sauce.

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Curly fries ($9)

Although I didn’t have the opportunity to try Irene’s Zalamero smoothie ($8) because well her blog name already says it all (Irene’s Getting Fat). I can already imagine this tropical shake to be constant with creamy coconut milk and fresh passionfruit and mango sorbet. To confirm, you’ll have to ask Irene. Haha!

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Zalamero smoothie ($8) 

Love a bit of pea-NUTS in your beverage? Then the El Mani ($8) will probably be the best nutty treat everyone will love. Sorry to the peeps who are allergic to peanuts, you’re really missing out with rich peanut butter that is super thick and creamy, finished with Pringle shaped chocolate chips containing nuts, off course.

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El Mani ($8)

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So awesome to witness what Papi Chulo was cooking.

We were all in desperate need for some more protein so we had to order their signature dish, Papi Chulo BBQ platter (serves 2-4) ($86) – I don’t think there is a marriage more perfect than the one that exists between half rack lamb ribs, 150gm each of sliced wagyu brisket, chopped spicy pork and sliced pork belly . Another glorious fact is that they serve it along with a bowl of colourful pickles and super soft bread. I must say it does look tremendous on the camera. They key to devouring this platter is that there is no key. You’ll be in a race amongst six foodies to fight for the caramelised tender pork belly, smoky barbecue lamb ribs, shredded pork that is well marinated and slices of more wagyu brisket. All the meat falls apart so easily and does create a perfect intense pit barbeque flavour. As for the bread rolls, I ate three. In all seriousness, their rolls are well made with that fluffiness texture. I can guarantee that they won’t last long once served to the table.

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Papi Chulo BBQ platter (serves 2-4) ($86)

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Colourful sides of vegetable pickles

We know the main attraction here is the barbecue meet, so I guess the “Sloppy Joe” ($18) wasn’t a star at our table. Containing pulled kurobuta porkpit beans, jalapeño, nacho cheese on two soft buns. You’ll  be loving this if they didn’t serve Papi Chulo BBQ platter.

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“Sloppy Joe” ($18) 

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What’s next Chef?

Arriving fashionably late, Amy from milkteaxx orders Papi Chulo burger ($18) With grain fed beef, baconAmerican cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles and hugged by two honey- coloured soft buns. Seeing Amy’s hungry reaction, I think you’ll really enjoyed it.

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Papi Chulo burger ($18) 

I don’t think the #FoodiesatManly were going to just leave without ordering the entire dessert menu. Look who we have here, Banana Split ($14) with fresh split banana, chocolate fudge, peanut praline, banana ice cream, peanut butter ice cream, and cherry jam, whipped cream and glace cherry. A bit too ordinary, but we managed to finish it. I was expecting something extreme, for example maybe 100s of 1000s? Or maybe dressing it up with almond flakes and light sparkles? Yeah, I know…a bit extreme 😛

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Banana Split ($14) 

There is something special about the Warm chocolate chip cookie ($14). I don’t know if it’s the scoop of vanilla malt ice-cream or the drizzling butterscotch sauce or maybe it’s the crumply macadamia brittle. But this famous classic American cookie is warm and chewy and goes so well with a glass of cold milk.

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Warm chocolate chip cookie ($14)

I thoroughly enjoyed the Pear and rhubarb cobbler ($14) with ginger crumble, crème anglaise, orange and ginger ice-cream. Can you smell the smallish chunks of fresh pear and rhubarb? It certainly had my attention with the perfect combination of flavours. The ginger crumble and ginger ice-cream kept multiplying with its own textures.

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Pear and rhubarb cobbler ($14)

Papi Chulo is a great place to relax and enjoy the lovely bright casual atmosphere. It’s not hard to see why this restaurant is obscenely popular. Hospitality here makes it more welcoming place for everyone. I highly recommend you to catch the Sydney Ferries at Circular Quay because it’s difficult getting to Manly by car if you are not familiar with the area. As a bonus, you get to see the amazing Harbour Bridge and water views.

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Catch the Sydney Ferries to visit Papi Chulo.

Photos by Vanny Tang

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37 thoughts on “Ferry Nice to be at Papi Chulo

    Cassandra (@__cassiiieee) said:
    July 7, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    It was great to have bumped into you! 🙂
    But yes that warm chocolate cookie OH-MY!
    I want it now!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Lovely seeing you for a brief moment.Loved the cookie and the scoop of ice-cream on top 😀 Made my day!

    onlyhereforfoodporn said:
    July 7, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Yea… you know that BBQ platter that says serves 2-4.. I think you got it wrong. It should say serves 1 (me)

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      Well this place is right for you my friend, if you like your servings to be twice as normal:D

    Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said:
    July 7, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I want to have that peanut butter milkshake! I must have it!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      I’m already married to peanut butter 😛

    Annie @ The Random Foodie said:
    July 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    if only Manly wasn’t so far to get to otherwise i’ll probably be a regular there and try everything on the menu lol. so much delicious food!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      I think I am the only one who’s not thinking that it’s far. Thank god for the ferries, only half an hour from Circular Quay. For me, it was really nice pretending to be a tourist on the ferry. Man, we have yet to try other dishes on their menu. It’s going to be difficult getting past the brisket 😛

    anna (polyphagia ♣) said:
    July 7, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    the beef brisket *____* why is manly so far away!! 😦

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      But think about the ferry rides, it wasn’t that far if you think about it like that 😀

    chocolatesuze said:
    July 7, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    dat brisket is so fricken amazing!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Oh I really liked this place, especially that brisket. 😀

    Amanda said:
    July 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    OMG, everything looks super tasty!!!
    I hope I could find a similar place here in Spain, because it looks super nice for a summer day with friends 🙂

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      Hi Amanda,

      I am sure Spain offers up a huge range of mouth-watering food dishes too, near the beach side. I can’t wait to one day explore Spain. 😀

    stephani gondo said:
    July 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    that beef brisket and cookies looks so good :O

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      It does look beautifully presented, doesn’t it? 😀

    Michael @ I'm Still Hungry said:
    July 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Holy crapppp what a boss joint. Now I just need to find three fat-indulging friends and it is ON!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      You got that right Michael. ROFL, I am sure you won’t have a problem with finding friends. Not saying your friends are fat or anything… or am I ? 😛

        Michael @ I'm Still Hungry said:
        July 8, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        Hahaha all my friends are too health-conscious! What a way to live, eh? 😛

        Nessy Eater responded:
        July 8, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        No doubt about that 😛

    Ramen Raff said:
    July 8, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    One of my favourite eating joints ever! the brisket and burger and wings are off the hook! nice photos too 🙂

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      I am always willing to learn new things such as cooking the brisket and wings, if Papi Chulo chef’s taught me how. Haha. Now I have such a massive craving for some beef briskets now…and fanks for the comment!

    GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway) said:
    July 8, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Ohhh what a nice view! Can’t get my eyes off that tempting meat platter! I’m quite intrigued by how the El Mani would taste like. Mmmm…

    Gourmet Getaways

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 8, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      The view sure is perfect. You don’t have to try hard to imagine the El Mani because it’s all peanut butter madness happening in one milkshake 😀

    Chris @ MAB vs Food said:
    July 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    OMG that brisket! Ferry nice indeed to borrow your phrase. Really need to check this place out soon 🙂

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 9, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Haha, Tank you Chris. That brisket is a must order when you visit!

    Choc Chip Uru said:
    July 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    These desserts and drinks are enough to get me to visit 😀
    And who doesn’t love a good ferry ride!

    Choc Chip Uru

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Desserts are always tempting and I can never get enough of it. Haha

    irene said:
    July 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    100% agree about all you said here. What an epic meal! You can be married to the peanut butter, I’ll propose to the brisket! 😀

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      HAHA! We will see who will propose first to the brisket 😛

    Helen | Grab Your Fork said:
    July 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Their brisket is delish, and agreed that it’s best to visit here with a group so you can try a bit of everything!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      With a group, it’s definitely perfect to share foods and the brisket…*rolls eyes* haha.

    Von said:
    July 14, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    The wagyu brisket looks amazing!! I’m usually pretty silent when I eat, because when I start talking, I always forget to eat haha 🙂 The veggie pickles are so pretty!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      That’s how I feel too! 😛 It’s not easy finding colourful pickles.

    ChopinandMysaucepan said:
    July 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Dear Vanny,

    We loved our meal here, especially the spicy BBQ sand crabs!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      July 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      I have to order the spicy BBQ sand crabs next time when I visit. I get a feeling my next visit will be soon! 😛

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