EAT | The Paddington Sydney Merivale

Mar 23, 2016

Looking for the best roast chicken and chips in Sydney? I have found them.  Merivale’s newly opened The Paddington, is sure to please. One of three exciting new properties on Oxford Street, located in the centre of the historic inner-Sydney strip, The Paddington (formerly The Paddington Arms) serves a rotisserie-led menu by the brilliant Executive Chef Ben Greeno, impressive cocktails by Palmer and Co.’s Sam Egerton and Toby Marshall and wine curated by the award-winning Franck Moreau and Adrian Filiuta.
Justin Hemmes, Merivale CEO, said: “We are extremely excited to open in Paddington, I have very fond memories of what Oxford Street used to be and we are looking forward to bringing some of that magic back to such an iconic part of Sydney. Ben is an undeniable culinary talent, arguably one of the best in the world, and he is going to deliver something truly special at The Paddington”.
Greeno, whose CV includes Momofuku Seiobo, Michelin-starred Sat Bains and the world’s best restaurant, Noma, has moved from the rarefied air of fine-dining to lead the culinary charge. The Paddington has been designed entirely around his vision for the menu and the style of cooking he loves.
Rotisserie proudly takes the lead with specially-imported, custom-made French rotisseries forming the centrepiece of the pub. Think dishes such as lamb rump with red pepper and almonds; wagyu beef with artichokes, pickled mustard seeds and watercress; whole fish stuffed with olives, lemon and thyme; and of course, roast chicken with French fries. The rotisserie will be accompanied by a delicious selection of small plates including octopus, potato, confit tomato and black olives; smoked trout with English muffin and duck egg; spelt, roast cabbage, kombu and prawns; and parmesan custard with sprouted pulses.

Ben Greeno said: “I want to create food that lends itself to a good time, dishes that can be shared amongst friends. I thought, ‘why don’t we do rotisserie?’. There’s no reason why the food can’t be as good and complex as a high-end restaurant, even though it’s served in more casual surrounds”.

The Paddington will also be home to an impressive cocktail bar, led by Sam Egerton and Toby Marshall, the talented team behind the award-wining Palmer & Co. The duo has designed a cocktail list focused on the world’s most-loved classic cocktails. Over 600 cocktails were blind-tasted to create the final selection.

The Paddington has been brought to life by a design team including Kelvin Ho and Emilie Delalande of Akin Creative, stylist Amanda Talbot and Justin and Bettina Hemmes. Designed as if it was an old local butcher, it boasts a relaxed, quintessential British charm with white glazed ceramic tiles, painted timber panelling and dark timber furniture. Upstairs the space becomes more intimate with booth seating, panelled walls, a leather-fronted cocktail bar and mirrored tables. The private dining room is surrounded by a floor-to-ceiling distressed landscape mural painted by local Sydney artist Desmond Sweeney. 

The Paddington is the perfect Friday meeting spot for lunch, the menu is great for sharing, the service is fast and friendly, and its directly opposite the site of the Paddington Markets. Its great to see Oxford Street buzzing again, and with the addition of this and more Merivale properties nearby, it is sure to bring back the old vibe that we all miss from this famous and special Sydney strip. Drop in for a quick lunch, or stay for the afternoon. Trust me you will love the Roast Chicken. 

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