Back to Melbourne! One of my favorite places I visited so far is Top Paddock in Richmond. People are queuing up to find themselves a spot in this popular restaurant. With over a hundred seats, the waiting doesn’t take too long and it isn’t bad at all, especially not when enjoying one of their home roasted coffee’s. And let me tell you: It’s worth the wait.
The menu offered many dishes that sounded very appealing. I was curious for the sticky black ginger bread with drunken cherries & chocolate ganache but diet-wise (after weeks of indulging myself) I chose the gin & lime cured Huon ocean trout fillet with pickled beetroots, potato galette, poached eggs and goats curd, which didn’t let me down at all.
Not only visually a beautiful dish but a beautiful balance of flavors as well! My partner had the soft shell mud crab with a fennel and dille salad on a brioche bun, one of their best selling lunch dishes and it was obvious why.
Despite the busy lunch, the service was up to scratch and very prompt. This restaurant is managed and runned by professionals who, as I later learned, also run the successful restaurants Three Bags Full, APTE and Two Birds One Stone.
Hmm, my Australia to-visit list is getting longer and longer each day and I have only 2 more weeks to go..
Mon – Fri: 7am-4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am-4pm
658 Church St, Richmond, Melbourne