New Manly Restaurant Serves Beef Fat Doughnuts

When The Arsonist opened in Manly earlier this year, they demonstrated that open fire cooking and fine dining can go together. Much more than that, they introduced the unusual pairing of sweet doughnuts and beef in one of their popular menu items, the ‘smoked beef fat doughnut.’   

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The Arsonist’s doughnut is sweet and savoury with an added tart flavour from the Davidson’s plum jam in the centre. The doughnut will be served to you plump and moist, and from the way it looks, you’d think it belongs on the sweets menu. 

These goodies, offered at $7 each, are among the savoury bites offered at this new bayside restaurant, along with dark stout and rye bread, BBQ prawns, and duck liver parfait. It’s from Chefs Kyle Bradley and Mathew Fulford, who wanted to fill the gap for fire-powered restaurants in Manly.

Equipped with custom-built, wood-fired, stainless steel grills and smokers, The Arsonist is a haven for meat-lovers. People come here for the smoked lamb and tongue skewers, and the dry aged sirloin. Guests can even watch the chef in action through the open kitchen. That’s if they don’t mind the aroma of smoke (albeit delicious!) clinging to their clothes!

The savoury meals are best paired with a glass of pandan & pineapple gimlet or the popular smoked chilli & mango margarita. They also have a list of wines and whiskies sourced from around the world, including Scotland, Japan, and Ireland. 

Chefs Kyle Bradley and Mathew Fulford (The Arsonist/Google Maps)

Anyone who has visited The Arsonist will suggest leaving room for dessert. Choices abound, like coal-roast banana parfait, chocolate pudding, creme brulee, and fig and smoked walnut tart. And in a wood-fired restaurant like this, who would say no to S’Mores?  

If you want to experience The Arsonist’s open-fire kitchen and luxe bar, visit them at 457 Esplanade Manly, Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 p.m. to late. Follow them on Facebook for updates or promotions.

The Arsonist To Take Over Little and Oliver’s at the Esplanade

A new restaurant is aiming to open by Easter at the Esplanade, on the site of the Little and Oliver’s bistro. Aptly named The Arsonist, this eatery will specialise in smoky, gourmet and wood-fired delights.

There’s still a lot of mystery behind The Arsonist, which was registered with the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) on 20 Jan. 2021. But it is from the same group that owns Tide on the Jetty, which is just a short distance down the bayside.

The Arsonist will be supervised by Chef Mat Fulford in the kitchen. Mr Fulford said that Manly Esplanade doesn’t have enough flame-grilled restaurants and this new restaurant hopes to fill the gap. 

The chef said that he has always loved this cooking method using direct heat, wood chips or charcoal. He hints at a menu where meals like whole suckling pig, roasted bone marrow or bistecca are meant to be shared. Diners will also get to try a signature bespoke charcuterie featuring free-range cured meats.

Photo Credit: Chef Fulford/Instagram

In the next few months, the site that housed the bistro and cafe will undergo a transformation. The Arsonist will have a custom-built wood-fired oven and grill installed in the kitchen, as well as several dry-age meat cabinets.

Customers who love drinking whisky may order a bottle or two to be stored in the restaurant’s safe, which they could drink on their next visits.

Meanwhile, it’s still unclear what’s next for Little and Oliver’s. The BYO cafe and restaurant has been trading in the area for more than three years.