Forget boring smashed avo, The Mews takes brunch to a new level.
Mosman’s newest all-day brunch eatery, The Mews has crafted an inventive menu that unites a hint of authentic Asia with the demand for an Instagram worthy aesthetic. Owner Daniel, with the help of Ryan in the kitchen, has built a repertoire of visually spectacular, yet wholesome dishes that meet the growing demand for brunch with a twist. Hidden off Military Road in the French-esque Mosman Square, you could easily walk past The Mews. Translucently lit by hanging lightbulbs, the hole in the wall eatery spills out into an alfresco dining area, perfect for a leisurely brunch.
Open from 6am Monday to Saturday, The Mews is devoted to the local early risers. Dishing up hearty meals on plates fit for London’s High Tea saloons, we forgo tea and begin our Mosman brunch with a smoothie. The Pure White ($7) is a nourishing banana blend made healthier by the touch of raw almond milk. For those looking for something a little more devilish, go for a classic milkshake ($7) or thicken it up with extra ice cream. You can design your own juice combo from a fresh selection of fruits and vegetables.
The brunch-to-lunch menu reads like a lot of Sydney cafes. But prepare to be surprised.
The Mews’ pumpkin bruschetta ($18) is ideal for sharing. Cascading sporadically from pumpkin puree, crispy bread wafers are perfect for dipping into the creamy pumpkin and feta paste. A pomegranate emulsion and pistachio dukkha elevate the texture of the dish.
Although smashed avo ($16) is on the menu, the “miso mush” ($18) takes things a step further. A blend of smashed edamame and black sesame with a touch of Japanese furikake, the mixture sits beneath a mouth-watering smorgasbord of miso infused sautéed mushrooms. Crispy and velvety, the circular lotus chips are worthy of their own packet.
Hiding below a generous portion of smoked salmon, the corn blini’s ($19) are the dish’s best kept secret. The blini’s crunchy shell holds a buttery blend of batter and kernels. The tomato and avocado salsa, and interesting green balsamic sauce are the ideal spread for the blinis.
Craving something sweet? The granola ($14) with chilled sago is one for the health conscious. However, the Nutella lava hotcake ($16) is a beautiful mess. Infused with the hazelnut spread and topped with multi-coloured fairy floss, the dense hotcake is a dessert lover’s day dream. Lemon curd and fresh berries are the sweet companions to the rich Nutella paste. Sizeable cuts of hardened chilli infused maple work well as a palate cleanser, but you may need a doggy bag.
The Mews’ affordable all-day brunch menu looks simple, but be prepared to lose yourself in the wonder of its unconventional nature. In a foodie world hungry for inventive fusion flavours and social media adoration, this hideaway eatery stands out.