In Chinese, Man Bo means “tens of thousands of treasures”. It is also the name of one of the oldest restaurants in Geelong.
Since recently taking the helm at Man Bo, restaurateur Alex Yurong Pan (Sumi, Sober Ramen), Nathan Johnston (Cartel Coffee) and chef William Zhang (China Doll, Spice Temple Sydney) have started digging into this treasure chest, refreshing the Cantonese Menu without scaring off regulars by dropping classics like Seafood and Tofu Hot Pot, Lemon Chicken and Sweet and Sour Pork.
In addition to an a la carte menu that will include smaller dishes to share and a stronger emphasis on seafood, they will introduce classic yum cha on Sundays and Mondays while sommelier Mia Cao crafts regional wine, varietal and international eclectic and varied. list to complete the menu.
Located opposite Kardinia Park, Man Bo was established in 1982 and originally located in Gheringhap Street before being bought in 2008 by former pub baron Rick Munday, who spent $2.5 million to sumptuously fit out the new Moorabool Street site.
Seating 250 people across five spaces, it includes a cocktail bar and an upper-level tower where diners could once watch football in the face – until the club built the new stadium, blocking the view. It will get a mild refresh under new owners.
Open every day for lunch and dinner.
361 Moorabool Street, Geelong, 03 5221 7888, manbo.com.au