Wind and rain drove me into the former officers’ mess during my daytime visit to this historic and spectacular cliff top venue.
A whiteout over the 270 degree Sydney Harbour view did make it easier to choose the interior of the picturesque 1873 sandstone building with blown glass Venetian Murano chandeliers and an Australian bush colour palate.
A weekday lunch special offers up Two Courses ($50) with a glass of wine and a cuppa, from a menu that favours fishes including a nicely cooked Baked Blue Eye Trevalla with Clams, Chorizo and Savoy Cabbage ($29).
An entree of Seared Tuna, Finger Lime, Fennel and Pea Shoot Salad with Miso and Sesame Dressing ($19) was balanced and suited the cooler weather rather nicely.
An entrée of Roast Scallops ‘Minestrone’ ($19)...
...and a lovely main of Escalopes of Salmon with Gnocchi, Broad Beans, Champagne and Sorrel Sauce ($29) would both benefit from a moment less in the pan. They suited a golden and substantial 2008 Cool Woods Pinot Gris, Eden Valley ($9/$42).
David Gregory leads a warm, engaged floor team who happily explain dishes and offer up whiffs of the extensive tea collection, served in Royal Albert china. What’s tea without cakes? Traditional Afternoon Tea ($40/head) includes bright Jaffa Macarons with the perfect ratio of stickiness to shatter; and a great Opera Slice with layers of decadent chocolate, coffee and sponge.
The Tea Room, Gunners’ Barracks
End Of Suakin Drive, Mosman
Ph: (02) 8962 5900