Miss Arabella has a job. It’s at the Buena Vista Hotel in Mosman. She was quite fortunate to get the job because there are rumours the manager isn’t keen on hiring girls who attended Arabella’s School for Princesses. Anyway, overcoming that obstacle, she talked her way into the position and has proven herself reliable and brings in a fair amount of tips.
Since starting work there a few months ago she has been asking us to come for dinner at the pub to see her in action. After many false starts and changed plans with Arabella telling us what nights would be best for families, we finally made it there last night.
The Buena Vista Hotel opened in 1912 and was refurbished in 2012 with two full service bars, a bistro with cook your own meal options, lounge rooms, a bottle shop and an outdoor courtyard. The upstairs bistro dining has an open roof allowing the starlight in but this could also be an architecturally clever way to circumnavigate our smoking laws.
The reason we went to ‘the Bue-nah’ on Monday night is because from Sunday to Thursday you can order the rump steak or the chicken breast, bar-be-cue it yourself, put it on a plate, then head to the vegetarian section where you can load your plate with hot vegetables or fresh salads all for just $7.00. As one mother said to me, ‘This has to be Mosman’s best kept secret’.
I haven’t been anywhere for a very long time where you can buy dinner for $7.00. Even when I take my kids to McDonalds, their bill is always higher than that. And this is so much better for you. With a choice of chicken or steak there’s also backed potatoes, corn, cauliflower, a pasta salad, green salad and coleslaw with mustards, sauces and gravy all for $7.00. Now Alfie doesn’t eat steak, ‘It’s too chewy’, he always cries even if it’s organic, grass-fed, free-range, hand reared and eye fillet. So I asked if he could have sausages instead. Can you believe sausages aren’t on the menu!
But there is a kid’s menu with all the usual suspects including pasta, steak and chips, chicken nuggets and chips and fish and chips. Alfie ordered fish and chips. Every item on the kid’s menu is $10.00.
The same woman who said this is Mosman’s best kept secret also told me she often goes to the Buena during the week with a bunch of girlfriends because they have two-for-one lunch specials. If you’re there on a Thursday they have $7.00 cocktails from 5pm.
We all sat down for a pre-dinner drink except for Carl who was designated the job of cooking the steaks medium-rare.
The setting and the atmosphere is actually quite restaurant-like as opposed to pub-like and it is a pleasant place to take the family or go with a group of friends.
Arabella’s advice to us was to arrive early if we wanted a table and so we were there at 6pm. We ordered our dinner at 6.30 and it was rump steak all round except for Alfie. Other steaks of better cuts of meat can be ordered but these are more than $7.00. For the seven of us dining, our food bill came to $52.00. And we were in Mosman. Where people say it’s expensive.
We didn’t linger for dessert. We wandered up to an Italian gelato bar and ordered ice creams.
If you’re looking for an affordable place for a family night out, The Buena Vista is a great choice but the advice I’ve had from the blond bar maid is to arrive early to ensure you’re able to get a table and a spot around the bar-be-cue. The special is only available Sunday to Thursday with Thursday nights being the busiest.
Buena Vista Mosman: 76 Middle Head Road, Mosman. Ph: 9969 7022