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Manly Wharf welcomes new Merivale Restaurant Papi Chulo

It takes a pretty good venue to get me to ride the ferry over to Manly, but I reckon that Papi Chulo – the latest offering to come from the Merivale Group – has me sold.

Set to open at noon on New Years Eve, the restaurant (which is the first the Merivale Group has opened in Manly) looks to be a decor delight if I ever saw one, with a menu that looks just as stunning as the harbour views that wait outside the venue’s windows.

Inside, the restaurant has a distinctly Latin American vibe, but it’s contrasted with a considered dose of one of my fave interior schemes, industrial. Decked out with authentic fittings and finishes like marble, copper, handmade zinc surfaces and concrete floor tiles in delicious muted green tones, the restaurant is worth the visit just for the decor alone. I also see vintage shutters, pressed metal ceilings and antique lights – which are giving me my signature heart palpitations in the best way possible!

Dining Room of Papi Chulo Manly WharfPapi Chulo Manly Wharf - Interior Bathrooms at Papi Chulo Manly Wharf

The food, I’m told, is a merging of Brazil and the American Deep South, so you can expect the likes of empanadas, smoked pork ribs, spice-rubbed meats and more. The kitchen is headed up by talented Head Chefs, Patrick Friesen (Ms G’s) and Christopher Hogarth (El Loco), while Dan Hong will oversee the restaurant as Executive Chef.

Located on Manly Wharf, Papi Chulo was designed by Kelvin Ho, Bettina Hemmes and Justin Hemmes – the CEO of Merivale. It opens December 31 at 12pm.

Find out more about Papi Chulo by clicking here.

Want to explore another fab seaside offering from this group? Click here to discover the Coogee Pavillion!

Are you digging the look and vibe of this place?
I’d love to get your take on it in the comments below.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. We liked it but wouldn’t rave about it…..nice butterflied prawns. A little pricey but what you would expect from merrivale group.

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