Paddington Inn – Paddington

February 20, 2014

Last weekend Stud and I were cat-sitting for friends of ours that live over in Coogee. It felt like a little weekend away, even though we were only 20 minutes from our house.

We sunbathed, did the Coogee to Bondi walk (and taxied back – lol) and just generally enjoyed each others company. A fab date weekend :)

On our wya home, we stopped at the Paddington Inn for some lunch.

I had been asked to check it out as they’d recently undergone some reno’s both in the space, and on the menu, so I was keen to check it out.

The last time I’d been, it was on a girls night out. We didn’t eat but the White Sangria (jugs) were To. Die! So I had fond memories ;)

I remembered the space as soon as we walked through, although it looks like it’s been given the Wizard of Oz treatment. You know, pat pat here, clip clip there, in the merry old land of Oz :) no?? Anyway. It looks great :)

Back Bar (15)  Photo courtesy ofTwo Birds Talking

Gorgeous booths line the outer walls, tall tables along the middle, and smaller tables in the indoor/outdoor area.

Back Bar (28)  Photo courtesy of Two Birds Talking

The bar looks gorgeous with a mirror backdrop and the deco around gives it a great feel.


Being pesco’s, I asked the bar staff what they’d recommend. We decided on a few shared plates, and then a main each.

Our eyes were definitely too big for our bellies :/ but we managed ;)

Up first were our shared plates –

Bruschetta, roast figs, goats cheese, pomegranate molasses.1

Bruschetta, roast figs, goats cheese, pomegranate molasses ($15)

This was actually my favourite dish of the day. I could eat this for brekkie every. Single. Day. And be a very happy lady! It’s inspired me to try it at home. Although I’ll probably just end up frequenting the Paddington Inn instead ;) no biggie!

Upon first mouthful its a big sugar hit. But once you start chewing and get some goats cheese and rocket, its a perfectly balanced dish. And I want to marry it.

Hummus, dolmades, roast tomato, almonds

Hummus, dolmades, roast tomato, almonds ($14)

I am a sucker for anything dolmades related. Stud however……I don’t want to say the word despise. But he does, he despises them. In these situations I usually try and force him in to eating them, and end up saying “Meh, more for me”. On this occasion, I won in the forcing situation, and Stud was surprised (and delighted :o) that the dolmades were warm. So he actually liked them! I know right!

The tomatoes were gorgeously silky and I loved the random crunch of the almond in every other bite. I thought the hommous could have been a little more salty for my taste, but my palette loves heavily salted things. Stud thought it was great.

Zucchini flowers, goats cheese, caponata

Zucchini flowers, goats cheese, caponata ($16)

The caponata underneath the zucchini rocked my world. I ended up using the bread from the dolmades and getting all up in it.

Now suitably full, and forgetting the golden rule of “dont full up on bread”, especially when 2 out of our 3 dishes contained bread. Good bread. It was time for the mains :D

Charred octopus, pickled onions, olives, artichokes, confit tomato

Charred octopus, pickled onions, olives, artichokes, confit tomato ($17)

Perfectly dressed leaves (don’t you hate it when you get a salad and not all of it is coated in the dressing? Hence getting to the bottom of the salad and it being you know, just leaves, tasting of leaves?), amazing crunchy slices of potatoes and perfectly cooked octopus. I was slightly skeptical about this salad before I ordered it, but I’d order it again. It was really fresh and super great. The selection of olives were a great salty punch too.

Pan-seared Ocean Trout with Salad and Lemon

Pan-seared Ocean Trout with Salad and Lemon (Special)

Let me start by saying that I just broke off a shard of the skin to devour before Stud was able to get his fork anywhere near it. That’s an indication of how crispy the skin was. It did slightly worry me though. Surely to get skin that crispy, the fish would be overcooked no? NO! Beautifully flaky and only just opaque in the centre, this was a stellar dish and Stud demolished it! He didn’t eat as much bread as me though ;)

All in all, the meal at Paddo Inn was amazing. Stud went as far to say as it was one of the best meals we had been sent to review. The food was fresh, no fuss, all flavour. Just the way we like it.

I’m already planning another day out there with a group of friends to get all up in that bruschetta again ;)

Dining with a Stud attended Paddington Inn as guests of Two Birds Talking and Paddington Inn.

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