If you happen to be stranded on an island, or Sydney’s lower North Shore, perhaps the first thing in order is a simple, well-crafted meal. Set away from Mosman’s boutiques, delicatessens and specialty stores is the very newly opened Stranded Gourmet – a quiet sanctuary housing local Bay Roasters coffee and a neat menu.
Stranded lies at the end of a narrow brick passageway. There you’ll find a leafy courtyard and fully armed coffee kiosk. The open-air space sweeps seamlessly into a kitchen and indoor dining nook with window view towards the harbour. For breakfast, fill up on buttermilk pancakes with banana, organic yoghurt and maple syrup. Or try confit eggs: slow cooked eggs, black olives, sausage and toast. For lunch there is gourmet pies, toasted sandwiches, pasta with chorizo and a Stranded-style bánh mì (Vietnamese roll). To drink, refresh with a bottle of Botanica’s artisan cold-pressed green juice.
A retail wall features truffle oils, Mediterranean sea salts, coffee beans and teas. “We wanted to create something together that was relevant and meaningful to us as siblings and as a family that we could then share with others,” says one half of the brother-sister duo behind the cafe, Jemima Fallows. “We will eventually focus on evenings and dinner and we hope to bring something unique and fresh to Mosman that will help create the night-time vibe it's craving.”