The Paddington

The Paddington

Friday
12:00pm - 3:00am
380 Oxford Street Paddington 2021
(02) 9240 3000

Ben Greeno, a chef with a resume like a blogger’s bucket list, is behind the reinvigorated, Merivale led, The Paddington. Once the Paddington Arms.

The ex-Momofuku Seiobo and Noma man has created a menu that focuses on traditional French rotisserie. There’s a half or a whole chicken, brined, juicy and supported by fries; a lamb or beef rump; and a whole fish stuffed with olives, lemon, thyme and celeriac.

The rest of the menu is filled with share-plate dishes. Greeno’s most happy with a dish of parmesan custard, sprouted pulses, peas and spelt salad. He’s also serving a chicken offal dish.

Just like the menu, the venue’s fit-out isn’t exactly faithful to its pub heritage. Like the Coogee Pavilion and other Merivale ventures, it’s not just a single idea or feel, but different designs. Downstairs is dominated by white tiles, paint-stripped walls and hung garlic heads reminiscent of rural France. Upstairs there is a balcony and a bar with stools overlooking the kitchen, a lounge-like area and an incredible sun-lit private room, which feels like stumbling into the hall of a charmingly ruined, provincial church.

Budget

Features

  • dine at the bar
  • function hire
  • late night dining
  • reservations recommended
  • good date place
  • notable chef