The team behind North Sydney's The Greens and Camperdown's Acre is at it again. This time, John Tully and Luke Heard have expanded their operations on the lower north shore with the opening of The Fernery: a two-level eatery and bar with a rooftop in Mosman, which opens today, Friday, December 1.
You'll find it above Mosman Club — just enter at street level, and make your way through the very green lobby (which has been filled with 35 variations of cacti, succulents and shrubbery) and up the spiral staircase. Up here is a 163-seat dining room, an intimate gin room, a terrace and a greenhouse-like rose bar. The venue offers extraordinary views of, well, everything: North Head, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the heads and the city skyline.
Also on the rooftop will be a kitchen garden, cultivated by Adrian Baiada, the man responsible for Acre's urban farm. That means head chefs Gavin Gray and Mitchell Davis have plenty of opportunities for experimenting with new plants and drawing on seasonal ingredients. They'll be doing much of their cooking over a high-temperature Josper grill.
In addition to the gin room, where the focus is on Australian distillers, there's a bar devoted to rosé. And yes, it's very much pink. A handpicked selection of wines, served straight from the barrel, is on the drinks list, as is a collection of signature cocktails flavoured with just-picked herbs. This greenery-filled room also has a retractable roof for when the weather's agreeable.
The Fernery opens at 4pm on Friday, December 1 above Mosman Club, 719 Military Road, Mosman. For more info, visit thefernerymosman.com.au.