Ripples Chowder Bay
Ripples Chowder Bay
Ripples Chowder Bay
Avenue Road Café
The well-heeled folk of the Lower North Shore are fortunate enough to possess one of Sydney’s most impressive, thriving foodie scenes. With an abundance of cafes, patisseries, hatted restaurants and delis, it’s only natural we look to Mosman in awe (and naturally, with that tang of jealousy). Below is our breakdown of the places to eat, shop and caffeinate in the glamorous suburb.
Woollahra’s Bistro Moncur now boasts a buzzing outpost within the much-loved walls of Mosman’s Buena Vista Hotel. Straddling Middle Head Road and Bradley’s Head Road, the Bistro offers French classics created with fresh seasonal produce. The light-filled dining spaces and understated modern décor has proved a hit with locals who are unperturbed by a little fine dining.
76 Middle Head Road, Mosman
Currently the holders of two Chef’s Hats in the Sydney Morning Herald Food Guide 2017, Ormeggio holds rank as one of the area’s leading fine dining venues. Overlooking Middle Harbour, the restaurant offers set menus that take the guest on a culinary tour of Italy’s regions. The traditional flavours of Italy are given a twist, with Executive Chef Alessandro Pavoni committed to using only the best quality ingredients.
D’Albora Marinas the Spit, Spit Road, Mosman
Brought to the food-loving residents of Sydney’s Lower North Shore by the Ormeggio team, Chiosco is an authentic Italian Trattoria where exceptional food needn’t be accompanied by white tablecloths. An a la carte menu presents a rich offering of Italian inspired seafood dishes, as well as a healthy selection of antipasti and dolci to keep the Italophiles happy.
D’Albora Marinas the Spit, Spit Road, Mosman
A Mosman stalwart, Bathers Pavilion overlooks the picturesque Balmoral Beach and across to Manly’s North Head. The seaside esplanade is dotted with elegant dining options, yet the Pavilion holds a charm that none have successfully managed to replicate. Offering set menus of French-leaning fare, the Bathers Restaurant is perfect for a memorable meal by the water.
4 The Esplanade, Mosman
While faced with stiff competition from the reams of Japanese restaurants in neighbouring Neutral Bay, Sushi Bar Yachiyo sets itself apart not only through their impeccable array of fresh rolls, delectable aburi sushi and tempura dishes, but their signature hot-pot of wagyu or scampi options is what the locals come crawling back for. The soft shell crab karaage and 48 hour braised pork belly are also heavyweights of the menu.
161 Middle Head Road, Mosman
A celebration of Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of Mosman, Grecian Blue covers plenty of ground without dropping the ball. Typical Greek dishes abound; dolmades, spanakopita, haloumi, and souvlaki, while pasta and risotto bring a Puglian flair to the occasion. Substantial meat options including slow cooked lamb shoulder, veal scaloppini and angus eye fillet, complement lighter seafood options of mussels with white wine or the prawns with fresh chilli, basil, garlic and tomato.
936 Military Road, Mosman
There is an inexplicably refined air about Public Dining Room nestled by the sand of Balmoral Beach. The elegant, coastal style of the restaurant along with a faultless menu of Modern Australian cuisine features plenty of seafood; kingfish carpaccio, cured ocean trout and king prawns are just the start, while a variety of heavier options ranging all the way up to a six hour braised lamb shoulder ensures there is something for every palate.
2a The Esplanade, Mosman
Upscale harbour-side dining in a stunning heritage building; the ambience doesn’t really come better. Nestled on the Taronga Zoo to Balmoral foreshore walking track, a meal at this Chowder Bay institution is mandatory for a thorough culinary expedition of Mosman. The fully licensed (and BYO) restaurant features a contemporary Australia à la carte menu, with a strong focus on seasonal ingredients and exquisitely fresh produce.
Building 7, Deck C, Chowder Bay Road, Mosman
Snap-happy patrons of The Boathouse are well aware that the food is guaranteed to look equally as good as it tastes – and they don’t leave their Instagram followers without a peek. From full breakfasts, green eggs and ham, pastries to raw veggie bowls, you can be as indulgent or as well-behaved as you see fit, while a moreish lunch menu canvases a range of delicious seafood options and doesn’t forgo a humble beef burger for those needing a cheesy fix.
2 The Esplanade, Mosman
One just isn’t a Mosman local without having frequented Avenue Road Café for a recovery Sunday brunch. Tables line the footpath and punters vie for a seat during prime weekend morning hours, while the cosy, high-ceilings of the dining room make for a more tranquil affair. The roast pumpkin bruschetta with poached eggs and haloumi or the Bharat surprise with potato samosa chaat, pomegranate, mint yoghurt and eggs shake up what is otherwise a typical yet perfectly executed café menu.
185 Avenue Road, Mosman
Retro timber décor and a dedication to providing healthy, wholesome food means you won’t even notice you’re doing yourself a favour. Fresh, local, organic, sustainable and seasonal food is the promise Bloom makes with everything from bircher muesli, activated buckwheat granola and acai bowls to zucchini and corn fritters – that’s just from the breakfast menu. The lunch offering provides more substantial options while the grab ‘n’ go selection makes getting takeaway a positive choice for your health.
118 Prince Albert Street, Mosman
Thankfully for the sycophantic Francophiles of the Lower North Shore, Four Frogs is forever at the ready to provide authentic, traditionally made crêpes to scratch le itch. The classics are done to perfection; the lemon & sugar and nutella are popular favourites while the savoury options – les galettes - make Four Frogs a perfect option from breakfast through to dinner. Go wild with a crêpe flambée - the Suzette is our choice; topped with orange segments, candied orange zest, orange caramel sauce and grand marnier you won’t ever need to visit France again.
1/175-179 Avenue Road, Mosman
Hidden in an alleyway behind Spit Junction, The Penny Royal churns through Campos Coffee like there’s no tomorrow. Their full café breakfast offerings and flawless coffees ensures that there is never a quiet moment at the understated café. A handful of small timber tables line the inside wall of the intimate shop, while a few stake their claim just outside – ideally positioned for people watching.
2/563 Military Road, Mosman
Set back from the main drag of Military Road, Heirloom Espresso caters to the caffeine addicts nestled more deeply in the suburb. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, Heirloom serves up Pablo and Rusty’s coffee and a range of classic café dishes from the full bacon and eggs to a mean sous-vide chicken salad with Portobello mushrooms and baby beetroot. Their cold brewed nitrogen infused coffee is served on-tap and is the perfect option for stinking hot days.
81 Avenue Road, Mosman
Open from breakfast through to lunch and high teas, Burnt Orange is an idyllic spot from which to look over Sydney Harbour as you sip and nibble your way through a refined meal. With fresh bread and scones made daily in house (as well as an impressive offering of homemade chutneys and jams) you’ll receive the royal treatment from the moment you enter the café – don’t miss the Alaskan king crab benedict on toast brioche, it’s unparalleled. The historic sandstone building also houses a gifts and home wares boutique to peruse after lunch, and The Signal Room doubles as a popular functions venue for glamorous events.
1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman
The Source Espresso
Settled in prime position just back from Military Road on the Balmoral side of Raglan Street, The Source is renowned for their specialty beans roasted in-house. The roaster not only ensures a commitment to impeccable coffee, but the aroma of the place is a drawcard in itself. Go for the dukkah eggs with spinach, lime and avocado or fig and walnut toast for breakfast, while the slow cooked bean nachos or lentil and sweet potato burger make for an excellent excuse to extend your lunch break.
6/914 Military Road, Mosman
Tucked into the picturesque Albion Lane surrounded by boutique retail, Albion Lane Café lets you escape the mania of Mosman’s main drag. Sourcing their fresh loaves from Sonoma Bakery and using Paul Basset beans, there is no question that Albion Lane is committed to high quality produce. Fresh cakes, muffins and slices are constantly rotated behind the cabinet for a sweet indulgence, while the Italian baked eggs or corn fritters will always satiate a famished belly.
2/643-645 Military Road, Mosman
The Hunter Wine Bar
Situated on the fountain square shared by a number of artisan producers, this boutique African inspired wine bar in the epicentre of Mosman is the perfect place for a quick aperitivo before dinner. The ‘Gatherer bowl’ with three cheese, nuts, fruit, bread, honey and quince paste accompanies any of their impressive cocktails with ease; the Silver Fox with pepper infused rum, Cointreau, citrus and honey syrup is our pick. A full wine list is also available.
5 Myagah Road, Mosman
Recent renovations have provided this Mosman institution with a new lease on life; the ground floor Buena Bar incorporates art deco panelling and details while the Vista Bar upstairs has been rejuvenated with a vaulted ceiling and expansive skylight. The fresh look teamed with a new menu featuring elegant dishes several cuts above the once standard chicken schnitzel leaves you wondering whether you’re really at a pub anymore.
76 Middle Head Road, Mosman
The artisan homewares retail store come wine bar is the ultimate place to escape on a Sunday afternoon. The late Victorian weatherboard building housing the Lounge is as beautiful as the views it commands over the harbour. The hand stuffed olives with almond, lemon and chilli or charcuterie board from the bar team expertly with a glass of red from a curated wine list. If you have time to kill, go for a high tea with matching sparkling from $50 a head.
7B Chowder Bay Road, Mosman
This family-run stalwart has led the pack from the moment it opened its doors. The Providore stocks an impressive range of fresh fruit and vegetables such that you’ll never leave without ticking everything off the list. The deli offers up a full charcuterie selection and ready-made meals including lasagnes, pastas and wild rice salads. The cheese room is a reason to visit in itself; the temperature controlled room holds hundreds of Australian farmhouse and European cheeses with expert staff on hand to guide you through.
5A Vista Street, Mosman
Avenue Road Delicatessen
With a classic French deli feel and brimming with artisan goods, this is the place you’ll see Mosman locals dash when guests are about to call in and a fresh slice or a couple of gourmet cheeses are in order. For the more prepared, the Deli takes orders for antipasti and fruit platters that are ideal for entertaining, while fresh bread and Danishes make it hard to resist dropping in of an afternoon.
54 Avenue Road, Mosman
The one place Mosmanites trust for their Christmas Ham, Penny’s is the area’s meat oracle and holds a special place in the hearts of those who’ve tried their signature sausages made in store. Also made in house are the sausage rolls, pate, chicken meatballs with basil and balsamic tomato sauce and beef, chicken and veal stocks. Another adored initiative of Penny’s is the onsite smokehouse that allows them to create their beloved sugar cured and smoked ham and dry aged beef.
880 Military Road, Mosman
St Honoré Bakery
Positioned in perhaps one of the less salubrious spots of the suburb, St Honoré at Spit Junction consistently delivers outstanding baked goods and will have you quickly realising that a baguette from anywhere else just won’t do. The scent of gourmet meat pies hits you from the moment you enter (we’re looking at you, beef burgundy) and you’ll always have room for a second pastry. Leaving without a freshly baked, perfectly blistered baguette under your arm would be a grave error.
555 Military Road, Mosman