I grew up in the sleepy town of Manjimup, and it seems to be one of those towns where the food scene has always been the same. Pizza shop (pretty good actually), pub (very good food but very pub-esque), and local cafe that I actually used to work at (so of course I didn’t want to dine there because I spent most of my time there working). The odd fast food joint would pop up for a few months then disappear, because although the town is a beautiful escape it isn’t the busiest place to run a business. But when I visited Manjimup on my Christmas break I was dying to try the new bar and restaurant everyone had been raving about. Does Manjimup finally have a modern eatery worth food blogging?
Tall Timbers Manjimup is located in the main street of town, across the road from the Manjimup Hotel. What was once a motor mechanic shop is now a little piece of modern paradise in the middle of the quiet town. Nestled in next door to a park, the building has been restored beautifully, mixing industrial vibes, a throwback to it’s previous tenancy, and modern, quirky decor. Think exposed brick walls, bright colourful tables and chairs but all with a chic feel.
Mum and I had already eaten breakfast the morning we visited (what we did see of the breakfast food looked delicious), but we were keen for a good coffee and a sweet treat. We wandered into the beautiful new space and I took a moment to absorb the chilled vibes of the place. The restaurant was quite busy, so we made our way outside to the alfresco area and took a seat on a bright blue cushioned bench at a well made jarrah table. Fun fact: Tall Timbers is filled with heaps of local Manjimup timber. How fitting. The outdoor area features mismatched but perfectly balanced furniture, large umbrellas to shade patrons from the heat and more private areas to dine if you’re on a date or want a quiet night out. After scouting the menu (and the dessert cabinet) Mum and I decided on coffee and a Gluten Free Brownie to share. We placed our order at the bar with a very smiley waitress and sat back down outside. It almost felt as if we were in the city at a modern eatery. The restaurant and bar would fit in perfectly in Inglewood or Victoria Park. Who would of thought!
The brownie arrived at the table first and Mum was more than happy to wait for the coffee to arrive so I could snap a couple of pictures before we ate. She is the perfect food blogger date. So much patience. Thanks Ma! The coffee arrived a few minutes later and after a few minutes of picture snapping we were very keen to eat. The brownie had been heated up and was oozing with chocolate goodness. Decadent and soft, it was the perfect morning tea treat. I would have liked a little bit of mascarpone or cream to cut the sweetness, but all in all it was a tasty little snack and I wanted more! The coffee was served in beautiful matte red and green cup and saucer duos. It was strong yet sweet and I probably could have had a second cup it was that good. Mum really enjoyed her Flat White too. My little brother had actually visited the night before for drinks and had sampled a few starters from the menu including the Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Star Anise and Citrus Glaze ($12.90) and Grilled Chorizo ($12.90), and he was very impressed with the quality of the choices and fresh, local produce used in the dishes. Now I wish I’d been for dinner! I’ll definitely visit again next time I’m down south. Mmm!
Tall Timbers is open from 10AM daily, closing late on Friday and Saturday night. With live music, a seasonal menu filled with tasty modern dishes and perfect coffee and cake you’d be silly not to visit if you’re ever in Manjimup. If pub food and pizza aren’t your idea of a good meal out then give Tall Timbers a visit. It’s a bit of an oasis in Manji town.
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