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 cafĂ© 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.


We shared Fish of the Day served with heirloom tomatoes, asparagus, handpounded pesto and chargrilled octopus and the Burnt Orange fish pie with a selection of fresh fish fillets in a creamy leek and white wine sauce topped with fluffy potatoes mash and a side of green leaves.


Desserts are heavenly and we shared these: the Apple and blueberry custard crumble with vanilla bean ice cream and the Homemade Jersey milk ricotta cheese with fresh figs, honeycomb, strawberry and almond.

1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman NSW 2088
(02) 9969 1020 for reservations
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1 comment:

  1. the fish pie looks like itd be super comforting and delish!