Saturday, February 28, 2015

Burnt Orange | Mosman

If you have a couple of leisurely hours to spare on a weekend or weekday with a few close friends and a big appetite, then dine at Burnt Orange in Sydney’s lucrative and beautiful suburb of Mosman. I say ‘a few hours’ as you will need time to appreciate their delicious homemade style food, which has a touch of Irish in it I believe given the owner, Padraig Devin’s Irish descent; you will need time to admire the views of harbour beyond the bushlands where the sandstone cottage is nestled; time to absorb the sereneness whilst sipping tea or coffee; and time to shop at their eclectic gift and homewares store.

Burnt Orange has an interesting history. The building that houses Burnt Orange was built as the golf clubhouse for Mosman Golf Club in the 1920’s. The land around Middle Head had been of strategic military importance in World War 1 but after the war the military made little use of the land and some locals hoping to build a golf course and clubhouse on the peninsula submitted a proposal.

I had a chance to catchup with the owner, Padraig Devin after lunch at Burnt Orange. The dining and retail concept was developed by Padraig working closely with Avoca's Simon Pratt. Burnt Orange stocks both imported and Australian brands. Upstairs is filled with womenswear and jewellery, children's clothing and gifts, as well as a food hall jam-packed with local artisan specialities such as Tasmanian honey and Margaret Valley relishes.

I browsed before and after lunch as I had my eye on a little black dress which I ended up purchasing and love wearing to work.

Padraig tells me Burnt Orange is more than happy to host functions of up to 70 sit down guests or up to 120 guests for a cocktail style event. It is a beautiful location for stylish events like small intimate weddings, engagement or birthday parties.

The Burnt Orange café is located on the wrap-around verandah with stunning views of Sydney Harbour round to The Heads and Manly, with breakfasts, lunches or high tea. Such lovely ambience  in beautiful Mosman

Getting there, you will need a car for convenience at it is located in the middle of parklands.

A friend and I had lunch at Burnt Orange one Sunday and here are some of my food photography of what we ate:

I call this the platter of the United Nations as you will get to taste a little of Italy, Middle East and even Ireland. Officially this is the Vegetarian grazing plate: pumpkin & feta empanada, tempura zucchini flower, beetroot arancini, organic grain salad, marinated olives and dips served with Avoca brown bread (that's Irish Soda bread). The beetroot arancini were our favourite and also the delicious grain salad with mix of quinoa, barley, corn kernels, puffed corn, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, almond, pickled cauliflower and sliced radish.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Cuckoo Callay: Don’t Go Bacon My Heart

When you hear Bacon Festival at Cuckoo Callay, you’d be foolish to think it’s anything like the traditional ‘bacon and eggs’. Dining at Cuckoo Callay is like a dream, a kookie one where chocolate coated bourbon bacon on waffles with ice cream is served. You heard me right. Ya Bacon My Crazy!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

BahBQ Brazilian Grill | Crows Nest

I went to BahBQ Brazilian Grill for dinner last night. So I found out about BahBQ - Brazilian Grill located in Crows Nest, in Sydney's Lower North Shore from a young lady who is Brazilian and knows Latin American cuisine well. The food, Cristiane told me, reminds her of how it was back home in Brazil when she had Sunday lunch with her family. Speaking with Jose, the restaurant owner, he reaffirmed that the dining experience at BahBQ Brazilian Grill replicates what Sunday lunches would be like with family in Brazil.

I didn’t really know what authentic Brazilian food was at first and it was such a pleasure to learn more about this cuisine this weekend.


Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Grace Hotel Chinese Lunch Menu

One of my favourite hotels and one of Sydney’s most prominent hotels with Neo-Gothic architecture with contrasting Art-Deco interiors The Grace Hotel on York Street, Sydney is hosting a new menu for a limited time only in celebration of Chinese New Year. From now to the 27 February, you can feast on their Chinese Lunch Menu. What I like about The Grace Hotel is from time to time, as you would have seen on my Blog last year, they change their menus and celebrate different cuisines from exotic cultures, sometimes flying Executive Chefs abroad to give you their authentic taste of a particular country’s cuisine. I love it!

Their lunch menu will run Monday to Friday 12pm - 2pm for a choice of one of four Chinese dishes with a beer, wine or soft drink for only $19.90 per person.

Here is what you can get from their Chinese Lunch Menu. I've tried them all and love them all.

#1  Barramundi filler with ginger and shallot soy dressing served with fragrant rice and Asian greens

Where to go to get the freshest Yum Cha food: Crown Dragon Kogarah

With Chinese New Year around the corner, and the time of year when I check my Chinese horoscope for the year ahead for a bit of fun, where is the best place in Sydney to have Yum Cha? The Crown Dragon in Kogarah has the name sake of my Chinese horoscope... apparently an auspicious animal with strength, health, harmony and good fortune...always seeking to embark on a new project to feel truly alive, not to mention impatient, intolerant to imperfection … OK, let's leave it at that (for your 2015 Chinese Horoscopes, I've put up a post on what your sign has in store for you). 

Chinese Horoscopes for 2015

For a bit of year fun, I like to look up my Chinese Horoscope every Lunar Year to see what lies ahead. What does 2015 have in store for you?