The Manhattan brings a little bit of Ponsonby to Roxburgh, so says the waitress who greeted me as I walked in. It certainly gave a good first impression. From Roxburgh’s main street, the restaurant gives off a bit of a dark, chic style with its black frontage. But through the doorway, lightness blows away any first thoughts of darkness, and a large space reveals itself.
To the left, is a light, bright room that opens up to the elements. There are couches, cushions and bursts of colour around the room. It is funky, modern and fun. Having moved from their old premises early this year, they no longer have an outdoor area, but the waitress assures me it feels like you are outside once all the windows are opened up, including the skylights in the ceiling. She also mentioned they have regular jazz nights, and open-mic nights, which attracts diners from around the region. Lucky Roxburgh!