Category Archives: Breakfast

Burnt Orange, Mosman

You’ll find Burnt Orange in a pretty cottage amongst the trees at Middle Head in Mosman looking out over the water, so it is understandably very popular for breakfast and brunch.


They have four morning sittings on a weekend for breakfast at staggered half our intervals starting from 8.30am with an hour and a half per sitting. We and our friends opted for the first one. The breakfast menu is pretty standard – eggs, bacon, pancakes and the like, and all quite well executed. The sourdough bread is delicious. Though we do ask for a fried egg for one of our Small People and are told “ah no, we can’t do that, it requires a different griddle and it’s too difficult”. Um, didn’t think a small fry pan would be all that hard really, or maybe fried eggs are taboo in Mosman, not sure which. And although we are the first sitting and it is not busy we need to chase our drinks, which arrive after our meals.


I go for the breakfast board, which has a very nicely done confit of trout. But I find the Avoca brown bread extremely dry and dense so don’t eat it, and pinch some sourdough instead.


Attached to the café is a retail shop with a variety of treasures. I raise my camera to take some snaps. “Oh, no, you’re not allowed to take photos here”. Ok. I’ll take them in the Louvre or the Vatican instead, they don’t seem to mind.


Burnt Orange, 1109 Middle Head Road, Mosman, Ph 02 9969 1020

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Breakfast @ Rushcutters, Rushcutters Bay

December 2011. Hot new restaurant opens called Neild Avenue. Sydneysiders flock there (as apparently, according to Manu Fidel, we are all fickle here and only go to the newest and forget all our old faves). Service a shocker, food not much better. Sydneysiders flock elsewhere. Restaurant shuts down some 18 months after opening.

Fast forward to December 2013. One day while eating at Popolo (and note Manu I have even eaten there a few times!) I notice defunct Neild Avenue has been replaced with great looking place called Rushcutters. Mental note to try it, given my inherent fickleness. So husband and I duck in for breakfast one morning. Love love what they have done with the fit out. It’s sort of a modern barn if you like with such a lovely warmth, and great upholstery on the chairs, and other such well put together details. Martin Boetz is running the show here (I hope Longrain keeps up the good food without him!)


We start off with some very good coffee and a Botanica juice. Our waitress is friendly and helpful. I notice there’s an upstairs and there she tells me there is a private room for 18, which I note for future reference. They also do takeaway.

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Breakfast, which is served till 11.30am, offers a good assortment of museli, fruit, eggs, pancakes. We try the buttermilk pancakes, with fruit, hive honey, goats curd; and the poached eggs, flaked smoked trout, green apple, capers, parsley on rye, and are very satisfied with both. The only let down (and this happens at so many breakfast places, a pet peeve of mine) is two eggs and one piece of toast (how much is an extra slice of bread folks?). It is a very pleasant breakfast in a great room. So Manu I might even come more than once, with the kids next time. A few friends have been for lunch and dinner and have had good things to say about the rest of the menu.



Rushcutters, 10 Neild Ave, Rushcutters Bay, Ph (02) 9326 9348

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Stain @ The Cove, Lane Cove North

Following the successful Stain @ The Hill, the experienced team have opened up a second venue in Lane Cove North. There’s a lovely outdoor balcony, a play area with some equipment for the kids, and a good stretch of grass in front.  The balcony was a very pleasant place to sit on a nice Summer’s day.


The breakfast menu has plenty to appeal and is well priced, as are the children’s selections.

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Coffee is good and the food was great! Pictured below, clockwise are – scrambled eggs with salmon, feta scrambled eggs with black toast, French toast with yoghurt, nuts and maple syrup (absolutely delicious), and avocado toast with poached eggs.


While the lady who welcomed us was lovely and warm, our waiter was unfortunately very very grumpy, rude and abrupt. Maybe he didn’t like us? I’m hoping he was just having a bad day, as this has to be one of the best breakfasts in the 2066 postcode.

Stain @ The Cove, Corner of Mowbray and Felton Avenue, Ph (02) 9427 8083

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Breakfast @ Centennial Parklands Cafe

Space. There are times when, in our busy lives and often confined living quarters, we crave it. So what better place to find it in a cafe in Centennial Park. If the urge comes upon you to run in the field and relish the open air before or after your meal, you can go for it. Or you can sit lazily on the deck and bask in the sun, while your kids play on the nearby equipment.


The menu has all the usual things you’d expect to find for breakfast – eggs, toast, museli, pancakes. We opt for the buttermilk pancakes – they are huge, and very good.


Likewise, the omlette with chorizo and mushrooms was tasty, with some good quality bread with nice charring (The Grounds please note TWO slices of bread!), but I did think the price was a little punchy at $22.


Kiddies stuff, like this toastie, prices at $7 which is very reasonable.


The coffee was also well made. It does get very noisy inside, so you might prefer a table on the deck. And you can even BOOK a table, if you don’t feel like waiting in a queue for half a day. I saw a few tables for larger groups, so if you’ve got a bit of a crowd, it’s a good option, even if slightly more expensive than the better known breakfast haunts.

Centennial Parklands Café, Grand Drive, Centennial Park, Ph 02 9380 9350

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The Grounds, Alexandria


The Grounds has been absolutely thriving since the day it opened its doors – either there were a lot of hungry people in the surrounds of Alexandria, or they just got it right. Clearly they have the formula right – the grounds of the The Grounds are spacious plot with a lovely outdoor area, a cubby house for the kids, roosters and chickens, a luscious flourishing kitchen garden, a buzzing cafe with a welcoming interior, and of course the essential ingredient of an appealing menu.

Be prepared to wait though, especially on weekends – we were told 25 minutes and waited a solid hour. Fortunately the surrounds are so pleasant, and cleverly they do a roaring trade in takeaway coffee while you linger hoping that someone, anyone, will get up and leave so you can have a table. Alternatively, you can now head over to Salt Meats Cheese just next door, where you can easily pass the time doing some shopping for your next fabulous home cooked meal until your buzzer goes off.

You can book on Mondays to Thursdays though for 6 or more. There was a pizza oven being built in one of the outside corners so I suspect the place is just going to get busier.

Finally, we were seated and water was bought to the table and coffee/juice orders promptly taken. I love the old style glass milk bottles and juice glasses they use.


One of us wanted to try the Croque Monsieur but we were told they had run out – by 10am! So on the menu:

Turkish style eggs with cannellini beans, spinach, pistachios and labneh. Nice amount of spice with good crunch from the pistachios.


Ocean trout with soft boiled eggs, dill cream fraiche, and pickled cucumber. The cucumber especially beautifully pickled.


The Grounds Breakfast Board with ham, avocado, tomato, feta, eggs and pesto – a nice simple combination with a lot of appeal – they were churning these out by the dozen.


The food overall is good (but not outstanding) though the serves could be a little more generous – for instance with almost every dish, you only get one slice of toast – another wouldn’t go astray. Though I’m sure this won’t stop people coming – on our way out the size of the queue had doubled! Staff are run off their feet so they are brisk and efficient rather than particularly friendly – other than the guys manning the door who were charm itself trying to placate hungry crowds (“no one wants to leave today, I’m not sure what it is!”).



The Grounds, Huntley Street, Alexandria, ph (02) 9699 2225


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