Pasture of Balmoral
A beachside cafe slinging homemade honeyed crumpets and cocktails.
November 06, 2018
The lower north shore has welcomed another cafe revamp with the opening of Pasture of Balmoral (previously La Repubblica). The two-storey harbourside cafe is set within Mosman's The Esplanade and offers views across Balmoral Beach, an ex-Vue de Monde chef, cocktails and, most importantly, house-made crumpets.
Designed by Guru Projects (Nel., White Rabbit and Harry's Bondi to name a few), patrons can expect relaxed beach vibes with rattan detailing, white-washed timber panelling and potted plants. The naturally lit, open space lets in the sea breeze with large bay windows and high ceilings, too.
An all-day menu has been carefully pulled together by chef Justin Naudi (Vue de Monde), whose resumé also boasts Goma and Chez Dre. Like many of Sydney's cafes and restaurants, Pasture focuses on sustainably grown, native ingredients that are sourced directly from local producers.
Apart from those spelt crumpets — which come with citrus ricotta, honey, berries and lemon myrtle toppings — Naudi has created a seasonal menu with a fine-dining touch. Think truffled organic eggs with prosciutto and pecorino shavings for brekkie and five-spiced squid with lemon tartare and rocket for lunch.
Apart from breakfast and lunch, dinner is also served three days a week and includes snacks, small plates and mains like the pan-roasted snapper with roast fennel and black olive tapenade; confit pork belly with apple puree and herb salad; and lamb with leeks and yoghurt.
For drinks, there are Will & Co coffees served throughout the day, along with an extensive wine list that focuses on Aussie drops and a ten-strong list of classic cocktails — both served from lunchtime onward.