Friday, 21 March 2014

Top Paddock

This place is busy with a capital B. On the weekend, people swarm around Top Paddock eagerly prepared to wait in order to gain access to this vast but stylish café. Luckily, we arrived just before the crowds started to encroach on the premises. Bookings can be made on weekdays for tables of four or more.
The bright interior is broken up into personalised spaces with the large windows making the most of the urban greenery outside. I loved the gorgeous flower arrangement on our table. I’ve been noticing Sedums a lot in modern arrangements around town lately and they really are quite striking.
Top Paddock’s menu includes dishes such as ‘Fresh Qld. soft-shell mud crab roll with fennel & dill salad & lime mayonnaise in a brioche bun ($21.00)’ and ‘Roasted kippfler potato & leek omelette with padron peppers & tallegio on toast ($17.00)’. Upon reading the menu, I was instantly drawn to the ‘Pan fried local Snapper with a chilli-fried egg, avocado, tomato, lime & a corn tortilla ($19.50)’. I just had to order it... It was magnificent! Two fillets of succulent snapper surrounded by yummy goodies. They certainly weren’t stingy with the avocado; it was even hiding under my tortilla! The chilli-fried egg was a welcome change from the commonplace poached egg.

My dining companion picked the ‘Grilled broccolini & sugar snaps with avocado, toasted almonds, poached eggs & Heidi raclette on toast ($17.00)’. Another delightful meal! The brocollini was crisp without being raw and the other ingredients complemented one another perfectly.

Grilled Broccolini
Regarding caffeine related issues, my latte ($3.80) made with Five Senses coffee was very lovely.
While the service was efficient, it was a little bit sterile with a lack of warmth and smiles. Attack of the ‘hipster robots’ I fear... I generally prefer to hang out with ‘happy hipsters’. Overall though, extremely scrummy food that is perhaps worth the wait...
Address: 658 Church St, Richmond, VIC

Phone: 03 9429 4332

Trading Hours: Mon - Fri: 7.00am - 4.00pm
                      Sat - Sun: 8.00am - 4.00pm
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