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Great Thai food,
Lovely staff and delicious food. The whole fish with green apple was beautifully presented and gorgeous flavour (just watch out for bones). Penang duck curry was also great with plenty of meat.
Food was super tasty, been a few times and this was the best! Sriracha Duck was epic and Pad si Ewe was amazing! Everyone was super friendly, made for a great evening. Thank you!!
the staff were very polite, and the service was quick. the food was fantastic, and the atmosphere was nice, it wasn’t too noisy and it was quite cosy- i would definitely come here again, and i would recommend to my friends
The menu were not marked with any gluten-free options which made it difficult to order. The waitress did not seem to be sure of what the oprions were. Understaffed, the service was not up to par, which was not the wait staff's fault . We stood at the counter for at least 5 minutes before we were acknowledged and there seemed to be confusion about our booking which was done online.
Simply incredible Thai food - so tasty and authentic. Tonight we had a red curry with chicken - with the perfect amount of "bite" - delicious. And we also had a pad see ew with duck which is my personal favourite. Amazing staff who remember what you ordered last time. And BYO.
Wonderful food can’t wait to get hungry again and go back
Great food and wonderful friendly and efficient service. Hard to go past our favourite dishes - crispy pork and beans plus pad see ew with duck ! Generous portions and fresh tasty flavours. Yum ! And great that it's BYO.
Excellent in every way. And thanks to the Mortar & Pestle team for doing such a great job on health and sanitation - made me feel safe. Tonight we went for our new favourite dishes - pad see ew with duck and crispy pork with beans - both amazing - hats off to the chefs - brilliant fresh and tasty food.
Simply delicious Thai ! Authentic, full of flavour and great amount of heat. Tonight we had the prik king moo krob which is stir-fried crispy pork belly with curry paste, green beans and sliced kaffir lime leaves - perfectly cooked and incredible. And we also had pad si ewe with duck - wide rice noodle, chinese broccoli, fermented yellow beans, egg & double soya sauce (plus a little fresh chilli) - yum! Tonight the chef cooked incredible food. And service, as always, is friendly and efficient.
Great tasting, fresh Thai - good menu with lots of options, and a good local. Calamari starters are great, and so is the duck. Good local pace to go.
Wonderful warm welcome and excellent service. We love Mortar & Pestle. Tonight was a little off for the chef with the green chicken curry very watery and lacking its usual flavour. And the pork belly serve was small and undercooked ie fat had not rendered off.
Best Thai restaurant on the Northern beaches. Shared six dishes with family - loved one I hadn’t tried before - chicken and cashew nut. All fresh, delicious and tasty. Excellent service. Byo.
We love Mortar & Pestle and decided to "share" this great Thai restaurant with our friends. Unfortunately, they didn't have our booking on arrival so quickly set a table (unfortunately it was the end of the long table and subject to the cold breeze as the front door was constantly left open by the pickup drivers). Food, as always, was excellent - perfect flavour combinations and fresh ingredients. Service was a let down with the two curries we ordered being forgotten - and arriving over 45minutes after the first two mains (and by then our rice was cold). Great that you can byo. (I usually give Mortar & Pestle a 10/10 but tonight wasn't up to the usual standard.)
Excellent food - flavourful and authentic. Warm friendly service.
Welcoming and helpful waiter took our order for 5. Food varied between quite good, to very oily, to good. Just seemed to depend on what was ordered.
Warm, friendly and efficient service. Tonight we had a basil and chilli stir fry with pork and a red chicken curry. Both were delicious. (We would love to have a red duck curry or duck pad see ew, but neither on the menu.). Byo.
Lovely setting and yummy food.
Warm friendly and attentive service. It was our first visit and we had a green chicken which had the perfect balance of heat and flavour. We also had a garlic and pepper pork stir fry which was also delicious. Great Thai food. Byo.
Incredible food, not very accommodating with dietaries (just grilling or steaming fish rather than deep frying when half the meat on the menu can be grilled and steamed). The food was all delicious though and the portion sizes are very generous! Service is speedy and efficient.
2 Darley Road, 2095, Manly (NSW), Australia, RestaurantAddress
Take a break from the daily grind
Manly, Manly, Manly. Sun, surf and this gorgeous and intimate Thai restaurant right on Darley Road. Words cannot describe how lovely the décor is at this little jewel, with big wooden slats lining the walls, greenery throughout and low level mood lighting. Reminiscent of warm romantic evening meals in Koh Samui, dining at Mortar & Pestle will have you on WebJet the minute you get home to book your next trip back to Thailand!
Mortar & Pestle serve all of the traditional dishes you would be familiar with - Pad Thai Hor Kai and Lemongrass Chicken - but they also offer some different and exciting dishes like Roasted Duck Fried Rice, Sriracha Duck and Gang Ga Ree Garlic (a yellow curry) so there is something for everybody. Food is prepared fresh which really shows in the steamed vegetable and soup dishes.
As well as being very reasonably priced the staff are efficient and friendly. This cosy restaurant has quickly become popular with locals either to dine in or to order a take away. If you have picked up a little honey down on the beach that day be sure to bring her up to Mortar & Pestle, take up one of the seats in their alfresco area and impress her with an intimate night out for two. Without breaking the bank!
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