The words Mosman and bargain aren't often seen together. The suburb I live in isn't exactly known for great deals or prices, its strictly the domain where Prue pick up their private school enfants in their Mercedes 4WD's while threatening to mow down any unwitting or slow moving pedestrians after a spot of lunch with the ladies. Needless to say we aren't part of this brigade. So when I read that the LA Times has voted a place in Mosman the Best Breakfast in the World it's not particularly eyebrow lifting but when I hear that its an unpretentious bargain as well, that quite frankly floors me. Reading up on it I hear that its part of Mosman Ferry Wharf and is a surprising find and along with being Voted Best Breakfast in the World by the L.A. Times, it could also be voted most surprising location for winning a best breakfast award.
It looks like a small but charming kiosk with a larger area for tables and chairs. There are no gigantic pepper mill wielding waiters in starched uniforms around. There's just the two lovely owners whose smiles are so welcoming and genuine, its love at first sight.
We sit down and our hostess Irene shows us the menu and I know what I want straight away. I'd heard rave after rave for their Eggs Benedict and even though I'm not normally a huge Eggs Benedict fan I order this. My husband has a hankering for bacon and eggs so he orders it with scrambled eggs and I order a coffee. The coffee arrives shortly after and its delicious. No fancy patterns dusted in cocoa, just a good almost caramel-ly cappucino.
The bacon and eggs are the first to arrive, two thick pieces of toast are topped with buttery scrambled eggs and another piece is topped by a folded over pile of crispy bacon. My Eggs Benedict arrive a few minutes later being carried by Dara who smilingly and softly says "The plate is very hot as its just come out from under the grill, please, please don't hurt yourself". Its delivered in such a fatherly caring way that I smile.
I have two muffin halves topped with two very large poached eggs topped with hollandaise and a slice of toast topped with crispy bacon. After the necessary photo taking I dig into my Eggs Benedict and instantly see why there are such raves. The Hollandaise is slightly tangy (almost Bernaisey, my favourite sauce) and very rich and just perfect in combination with the buttery toast, softly poached eggs and crispy bacon. I mourn the plate sharing pact I have with my husband but know that he'll want to try it so I grudgingly offer him my plate along with hints that "If you don't like it, I'm happy to swap back". I try his eggs and they're good, excellent in fact but the Eggs Benedict are a very hard act to follow. He is completely won over by the Eggs Benedict and also by the large serves. Indeed he makes himself a new sandwich using the extra piece of toast on each plate and the remaining bacon. We watch a ferry come and go and marvel at this unassuming, unpretentious cafe in the middle of poshville.
I remind my husband in the car that should he ever complain about having an uncaring wife, to remind himself that I gave him half of my Wharfy's Eggs Benedict and if that isn't a gesture that indicates generosity of spirit and stomach, I don't know what is!
Mosman Ferry Wharf
Shop 3, Avenue Rd
Ph: +61 (02) 9968-3569
Open 7 days
Breakfast served all day