The idea for the original Lox in a Box – which opened on Bondi’s Glenayr Avenue in 2019 – came about by accident, when life and business partners Candy Berger and Gaia Lovell were looking for a base for their catering business. A second happy accident for the pair was the discovery of their new Manly space.
“A friend told us about the Manly space, and although we weren’t considering opening north of the bridge so soon, the moment we saw it we knew we had to make it happen,” Berger tells Broadsheet.
The launch of the Manly store in September came soon after the August opening of Lox in a Box Coogee, a pocket-like space mirroring the intimacy of the Bondi store. With high ceilings and bifold windows that open out to bench seating, the Manly store is Berger and Lovell’s largest yet. The extra space means there’s room for a coffee machine and an extended menu to include extra breakfast-appropriate options.
“We try to keep things as consistent as possible across all of the stores so people don’t feel as though they’re missing out. We want to keep the standard as high as it’s always been, with a focus on the best ingredients,” says Berger.
With a simple mission of serving excellent handmade bagels loaded with sustainably sourced ingredients, Lox in a Box fast became a favourite in Bondi. Its bagels are chewy, and the lox is sustainably sourced from Aoraki/Mount Cook on New Zealand’s South Island, and cured in-house. While the classic lox bagel – with the house-cured and spiced lox alongside fresh tomato, red onion, capers and herb schmear – is the most popular, each of the well-crafted bagels are notable. There’s a chicken-katsu bagel stacked with shredded slaw and miso mayo; a fried haloumi option dripping with buffalo sauce; and an egg-mayo number. Each bagel comes sliced in half, showing off its beautifully layered interior, and with crinkle-cut crisps and pickles on the side.
Berger and Lovell worked together on the designs for both spaces, which reflect the brand’s playful aesthetic. In the Manly store, retro-style green-leather stools sit beside a shelf displaying branded totes and caps, and both stores have fridges stacked with Jewish deli provisions to take home, including the lox, schmears, egg mayo and pickles.
Lox in a Box Manly
13 The Corso, Manly
0481 140 654