Beneath Manhattan [Q&A with 332 Manhattan]

Now, we at Two Peas in the Can love a name drop as much as the next guy, so we got in touch with 332 Manhattan’s very own Marketing Manager – Emma Batchelor, to find out more behind the doors of Canberra’s newest cafe! More than just a business venture, what we discovered was all the heart, soul, and hard work behind the doors of 332. Read on to learn more about such questions as “Why is there a leaf on my menu?“, “What’s with all the books?” and “Who baked this delicious piece of heaven that is melting away in my mouth like snow in a teapot?

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Can you tell us a little bit about the concept of 332 Manhattan? What are your inspirations and what makes you stand out?

“Our concept for 332 Manhattan was to create a welcoming space where people can find great coffee and fresh, delicious food. We have taken a lot of inspiration from our amazing location. The inspiration for our leaf logo was also borrowed from the leaves across the road.

Our philosophy is to provide fresh, honest food where the flavours of good produce speak for themselves and also to have the best coffee on our side of Lonsdale Street.

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One of the brains in the kitchen of 332 Manhattan – Pastry Genius, Dennis.

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There are some big names behind the kitchen doors, including Paulo Milinesi from Black Fire Restaurant in Braddon. How has he influenced your menu?

“We have been extremely lucky to have Paulo helping us to develop what we think is a simple but well balanced menu across breakfast, lunch and dinner. Paulo’s passion for cooking as well as his experience creating amazing food has been an inspiration to us. Our fresh, house made chicken, beef and lamb pies are the newest addition to our autumn menu and we think they’re going to be a big hit. We’ve also got a lot of other exciting additions to come from our talented pastry chef Dennis who brings a lot of inventiveness and creativity to the team.”

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Lamb and potato pie made in house by Pastry Chef Dennis himself. It was crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth and full of flavour.. yum!

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When I visited your cafe, I noticed a lot of boutique, artisan items on display – books, snacks, crockery. Can you tell me about how you go about sourcing these, and why they are so important to your display?

“We have tried as hard as we can to source locally made products in terms of our retail offering. I have visited a lot of markets and tried a lot of produce to put together our selection! We decided to sell food products in particular because we saw a gap in the market for quality, locally made food products in the City Centre. These tasty offerings are for people to pop in during their lunch hour or after work to grab a special ingredient for dinner, a treat or snack to get through the working day, or a gift for someone special.”

It was important to us that our customers were able to buy what they had enjoyed eating or drinking

– Emma Batchelor

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What ISN’T there to love about a pear and vanilla jam?!

 

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Dukkah, and myrtle and lime – oh my!

 

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Truffle-infused extra virgin olive oil and other “Things To Make Your Dinner Guests Jealous” from Great Southern Truffles!

 

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Come and try 332’s very own “Manhattan Blend”, chosen and packaged with love from The Muesli Bar.

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We love the ‘Baker In Residence’ program. How did you come up with this, and how does it work?

The idea for our Baker in Residence program came to me out of nowhere… I wanted to see if we could create a platform for highly skilled amateur bakers to have their baked goods sold in a café and be enjoyed by a broader range of people. After much discussion with the Department of Health about the logistics of it all, we were able to come up with the Baker in Residence Program which will sit alongside our permanent range of amazing pastries baked in house by our very talented pastry chef Dennis.

To me, the Program is a great way to support locals as well as just being a really fun thing 332 Manhattan can do.

If anyone is interested and wants more information please get in contact with me

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A lovely strawberry shortcake we sampled during our visit. Even the chocolate is home-made!
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And finally, can you tell us a bit about Tom and Dan Butt, and the story behind their business?

“Tom is a local Business owner and has been in retail for over 25 years. He is the owner of Australian Choice in the Canberra Centre and also the Botanical Bookshop up at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. He has long been passionate about supporting local and Australian made products and he has brought this philosophy to 332 Manhattan.

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Dan the man, serving up a storm on a busy morning at 332.

Dan is Tom’s son and has recently returned home to Canberra from Sydney where he has been working across a range of industries including Tourism development projects right around Australia. [He] is particularly excited to be working with the fantastic team in the kitchen to continuously develop the menu on offer from breakfast through dinner.

Both Tom and Dan believe strongly in the ideals behind their business in terms of bringing great food and coffee to this side of the city and are looking to become a long term fixture in this location.

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If you’re interested in learning more about any of the products 332 Manhattan stocks, follow the links below and support some local business!

 

Pakura Estate – olive oils, vinegars, mayonnaise, jams, salts, relishes, and more!

Black Horse Fine Foods – gourmet jams, chutneys, relishes, sauces, marmalades

The Muesli Bar – muesli snacks, hampers, porridge, trail mix

Homeleigh Grove Olive Oils  – infused olive oils, tapenade, dukkah, table olives

Adore Tea – green, black, chai, rooibos, white, herbal, oolong, fruits blends, and more!

Real Chai – “The best damn chai in town!”

Great Southern Truffles – fresh black truffles, truffle oil, salsa, mustard, honey

Little Monster Chocolate – organic, fairtrade, handmade: hazelnut, dark, coconut, milk, almond

 

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332 Manhattan
Unit 332/240 Bunda Street
Civic, ACT 2601
T: (02) 6248 8771

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