I learnt a new phrase while celebrating a friends birthday today. ‘Purple patch’. It refers to an unequivocally positive period of outstanding achievement. It’s even in wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_prose. I’m experiencing a purple patch of high teas. Today was my second one this month – how often does that happen? Definitely purple.
Today’s high tea was on the sparkling headlands of Mosman overlooking Sydney Harbour at Burnt Orange. It’s a goodie. Having sampled The Tearoom at the QVB (http://glutenfreewheeling.com/?p=416), and the Gunners Barracks a while back (possibly pre-gf days), this one is the best value at $30 and for gluten free peeps, it’s a winner.
Above is the triple-stack gluten-free High Tea ( this fed two gf ladies). The menu changes but today’s gluten free options were (from the bottom up), oyster mushroom frittata, chicken and tarragon sandwiches, pumpkin tart with carrot jam and goats cheese, salmon and dill with chives on a crouton, and the top level had grapefruit sorbet, chocolate mousse with honeycomb sprinkles and orange and almond cakes with cream cheese icing.
My highlight was the pumpkin tart (above) – goats cheese is always a treat and it’s one of those ingredients that ‘Gluten Free Girl’ in her fantastic book of the same title (http://www.amazon.com/Gluten-Free-Girl-Found-Loves-Back/dp/0470137304) talks about when she discusses how cutting out gluten has made her determined to eat the best quality foods she can afford – especially those that vary so much in quality like chocolate and cheese!
Burnt Orange also does gluten free lunch and breakfast (they’re not open in the evenings). It’s a spacious two-storey place with a gorgeous shop selling sumptuous goods from the likes of avoca (http://www.avoca.ie), colourful clothes and quirky homewares. There are also knock-out harbour views through the tree tops, kookaburras cackling and fluffy bunnies bouncing through the grass.
Definitely somewhere to take your mum.
1108/1109 Middle Head Road
Mosman NSW 2088
02 9969 1020