Burnt Orange has occupied a dress circle position at Mosman for six and a half years. Owner Padraig Devlin originally came across Cafeideas after Googling “cafe furniture”. Upon finding the website and learning that the showroom was located in inner Sydney, he decided he’d drop by for a look. In 2015, with the opening of the second Burnt Orange location – in Chatswood Chase – Padraig needed to source tables and chairs and looked to Cafeideas as his first port of call.

The challenge

“I was looking for some quite specific items to go in the interior greenhouse we were installing at Chatswood Chase,” Padraig says. “I needed something to add to the light and airy feeling and the furnishings had to be very light and blonde.”

Padraig was served by Vibha, who helped to match the perfect light wood table tops with white metal bases. He says the end result is very uniform and beautifully complements the greenery effect.

“It’s great to be able to go to a showroom and have a look at products yourself,” he says. “It helps to clarify the vision you have and I found that some of the items I’d been considering were actually better than I’d envisaged.”

An additional benefit was Cafeideas’ proximity to the City. “A big advantage that first appealed to me about Cafeideas is that they are not out in an industrial area,” Padraig explains. “I could actually go there and spend just a few hours as opposed to losing a day, counting travel time there and back. When you’re running two restaurants, time is extremely precious.”

Problems Burnt Orange had experienced

Over Christmas, Padraig needed urgent assistance to replace a freezer which was becoming unreliable. “We can’t afford to be without a freezer at any time, let alone the busy Christmas period so we needed to find a solution quickly and turned to Cafeideas.”

How Cafeideas helped

Vibha was able to help Padraig get the order in before close of business on Christmas Eve and take delivery of it the first opportunity once the vendors reopened after Christmas. “I thoroughly appreciated her understanding of the urgency when it came to the equipment side of the business.”

Padraig says he’s dealt with other suppliers before but has found Cafeideas to offer a superior level of service: “They’re pretty on the mark in terms of delivery and expected dates. That seems to be pretty professional compared to a lot of the other companies out there.” He was also happy with the quality of the products on offer at Cafeideas.

From Cafeideas, Burnt Orange sourced the following products: Bistro chairs (upholstered), Fiore table bases, Victorian ash aged table tops, and Bromic upright freezer.

About Burnt Orange

A destination shopping and dining experience, Burnt Orange in Mosman is a favourite haunt for locals and a must-visit spot for tourists. Inhabiting the circa 1930s golf clubhouse, resplendent in historic sandstone, the venue features a cafe/restaurant, Signals Room for elegant functions and an award winning boutique retail store that offers an eclectic array of clothing, books, jewellery, children’s wear, toys, food, homewares and gifts. Padraig says that visitors love the casual, relaxed feel and the opportunity to browse a while before taking a table for a meal. Burnt Orange’s cafe was voted No. 2 in Sydney for their High Tea, by Time Out, due in no small part to their sumptuous house-made scones and jam accompanied by glorious views of Sydney Harbour.

Breakfast, lunch or High Tea, the focus is on lighter dishes that tempt even the virtuous foodie. Fresh trout is smoked on the premises, the Green Goddess chicken salad is a huge favourite and the children go crazy for the buttermilk pancakes.

Signals Room seats 80 for meals or serves canapes for 120 guests and with its balcony that overlooks the harbour, makes a compelling setting for an intimate celebration.

Meanwhile, Burnt Orange’s new Chatswood Chase location has its very own personality and features an ivy-wrapped metal structure fondly known as ‘the greenhouse’. The menu there too is sumptuous, with a slant towards the ocean. The fish pies and salmon cakes have been huge hits and the Alaskan King Crab Benedict has earned a growing number of devotees.

Burnt Orange is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm for breakfast, lunch and high tea, seven days a week.