Surprisingly, my 21st was not the biggest celebration in my family this year.
For 50 years ago, on the day that John F. Kennedy was buried, my mother was born!
What better way to celebrate this happy fact than with a lunch looking over Sydney?
Up the stairs we went to Burnt Orange, a cafe based in the Clubhouse on Middle Head Road, Mosman.
The menu featured a number of fresh options, with a particular emphasis on seafood. First was a refreshing batch of home-made lemonade.
1000 times better than Sprite! I took full advantage of the seafood menu and had the linguini with Western Australian blue swimmer crab, confit of cherry tomatoes, garlic & red chilli ($28).
It was beautifully fresh and not too heavy. Perfecto!
Other choices were the asparagus ravioli with zucchini, broad beans, garden peas, fresh mint, lemon and ricotta ($24)…
…the Fish of the day served with a crispy Asian noodle salad, edamame beans and an avocado & wasabi aioli ($27)…
and the Burnt Orange fish pie with a selection of fresh fish fillets in a creamy leek & white wine sauce topped with fluffy potato mash and a side of green leaves ($25).
The ‘Green Goddess’ chicken salad with avocado & bacon, roasted corn, cherry tomato and crumbled Persian feta ($24) salad was very popular!
Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals immensely, with no complaints either side of the table.
It’s no celebration without dessert, so I ordered the Eton Mess with fresh berries, peach foam and candied rose petals ($12).
It was crazy-sweet but oh so good. The peach foam was spot-on, very light and refreshing.
Others went for the rocky road sundae: chocolate chunk ice cream, raspberry ripple & turkish delight semifreddo and pistachio fairy floss ($13).
It was just ridiculous. Everyone agreed they definitely could have shared.
As if I wasn’t full enough, coffee also followed. It definitely fell on the larger side, and hence was a little too milky.
While digesting the feast , we had an explore of the cafe’s grounds.
There’s a little homewares shop where you can buy all the plates and cutlery you just ate from (not literally – these ones will be clean!)
The grounds are massive, and absolutely gorgeous. All the tables sit on a balcony, looking over the gardens or the harbour.
It’s the perfect spot for a long Sunday lunch. Which is exactly what we did.
If you have a special someone to celebrate a special occasion, Burnt Orange is hard to beat.