The Paddington Inn was relaunched in June 2017 after seven months as a fine diner and casual pub. The owners, including co-owner Matt Moran, reinterpreted it as a grill, and the menu speaks to a wide range of customers. For those looking for a classic grill experience, the impressive 900-gram T-bone steak is good for sharing.
For those seeking lighter fare, there’s snapper served with a simple side of greens, or grilled salmon. The small plates menu has plenty of vegetarian and vegan options – roasted pumpkin with barley and pomegranate or beetroot, feta, marjoram and balsamic. There are also some raw options – steak tartare, kingfish and salmon gravlax.
On the wine list, there are plenty of hearty reds, older vintages as well as wines by up-and-coming winemakers like Alex Head and Mac Forbes. The cocktail list reflects the season. For winter, the rum coffee cocktail comes with toasted marshmallows, and the Old Fashioned is sweetened with maple syrup.
The Paddo’s front bar has remained open during the transition from fine dining to grill. The new space is cosy and inviting with booths in dark hues.