Friends told us how good the food was at this simple little café on Middle Head Road in Mosman, and gave us clear instructions on how to find it, explaining that it was very near to HMAS Penguin Royal Australian Navy base. We drove straight past what looked more like a cottage, not recognising it as a café. I later learned that the building was once used as a guardhouse.
It might look simple but the location and views are pretty special, overlooking Middle Head Oval, with picturesque northerly views across the bay towards Balmoral Beach, The Spit and Middle Harbour.
Deciding this is a good find, we have since returned on several occasions for breakfast. The food is unpretentious yet scrumptious. The scrambled egg is served in a mini casserole dish, keeping it warm right up to the last mouthful. The smoked salmon, with avocado and spinach, was beautifully fresh and the poached eggs cooked to perfection. For me, the pièce de résistance is their raspberry jam. I like it so much that, when I visit I buy extra to bring home.
Friends who have dined there for lunch rave about "Dany's Famous Quiche" served with salad, and say the "homemade" meat pies are a must. The menu is simple, offering baguettes, sandwiches, soup of the day, antipasto, and a variety of gourmet salads that make a substantial meal.
Being a French café, the dessert counter boasts a display of delectable cakes and sweets.
Morning walks and bike rides, followed by breakfast is one of our favourite pastimes. Middle Head Café fits this bill perfectly. It has great views, good food, and an excellent location, and its own carpark. With Middle Head oval flanking the café, it's a perfect spot for parents to pop in and grab a takeaway while their children play sport.
Stroll down the road and you encounter the track leading to Cobblers Beach, or venture a little further you can explore the headland, take some great photos and clamber around WWII gun emplacements. There's an abandoned lookout and an 'Officer's Quarters' that is available for holiday letting [post Covid].
Middle Head is overseen by the Harbour Trust, and is part of harbour-front land that was formerly occupied by the Defence Forces. It is now undergoing a major rejuvenation with the creation of new public parkland and paths and with old buildings being renovated and repurposed, offering opportunities for culture, recreation, education and enterprise. There is a myriad of spectacular coastal walks all along this headland and just as many websites with information on them. Wildwalks offers a good map, for one that will bring you past Middle Head Cafe, while the Harbour Trust will give you a good overview.