East Coast Lounge
Building 7, Chowder Bay Road, Mosman, NSW
02 9968 1658
At the very end of Chowder Bay Road, sitting right on the top of the Mosman peninsula, sits an artisan homewares store and wine bar with panoramic views of Sydney Harbour - East Coast Lounge.
Sisters and co-owners, Jennifer Barrett and Christine Housego, are an exception to the ‘don’t mix family and business’ rule, combining their love of unique homewares and a passion for great food and wine in a beautifully maintained, heritage building. Growing up on the northern beaches of Sydney, the sisters forged careers in graphic design and accountancy before joining forces to undertake their first venture.
They had decided on the name before finding a place to open. “We knew we wanted to be located somewhere along the east coast of Australia,” Jennifer said, “and we wanted to decorate with a coastal, but homely, feeling that would give our guests the sense that they were lounging in a friend’s home.”
The girls found their new space in the Depot Building, a heritage-listed building governed under Sydney’s Harbour Trust. In the early 1890s the complex of buildings and structures was purpose-built for the Submarine Miners’ Corps, and continued to be used for army purposes throughout its history. Its heritage listing meant modern renovations were difficult, but the girls worked their way around this creating a shop and a casual dining space in the one place, somewhere diners can sit amongst items for sale or retreat to the back room for stellar views of Rose Bay, Shark Island and Chowder Bay.
The sisters have stayed true to their coastal design, the walls are lined with whitewashed timber and introduce a water-inspired palette of blues and creams. The furniture and crockery, all of which are for sale, follow the same theme, as well as handmade artisan homewares, some of which are not available anywhere else in Australia.
The heritage nature of the space means there’s no commercial kitchen, so the menu is made up mainly of platters of local produce and tipples.
A charcuterie fridge incorporated into the bar is full of meats from La Bocqueria in Frenchs Forest and cheeses from Formaggi Ocello in Surry Hills. Coffee comes courtesy of Allpress in Zetland and Brassiere Bread supplies the bread.
Lunch time visitors can choose between a menu of large or small plates including the Ploughman’s Plate, complete with award winning ham, Maffra cheddar cheese, tangy chutney and toasted barley sourdough, or the Classic Smoked-Salmon Plate, with crème fraiche, capers, lemon and chives served alongside rye bread. Wash it down with glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, or try something closer to home – the entire beer and wine list is local.
East Coast Lounge is a destination venue, perfect for locals as well as tourists. For a Sydney experience like no other, catch a water taxi across the harbour to Clifton Gardens before settling in for an afternoon of fresh produce, artisan wine and spectacular water views.