Top Paddock, Richmond.

I wouldn’t be a food blogger in Melbourne if I didn’t blog about TOP PADDOCK at least once!

It is a pretty cafe – and massive. It sort of shocks me that people have to queue, because there are a lot of tables. This place is Pop-u-larr.

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The interior design is stunning, and the light that comes in through those ceiling to floor windows is perfect for photography.

Case in point:

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You know the deal here: this is the Blueberry and Ricotta Hotcake ($19), which is a work of art. You have to stare at it, admiringly for a minute before you eat it. So preeettty!

It was yummy, but very rich and mega sweet. Those seeds and berries on top add freshness to a heavy dish. It is a very large serving too. Share this one! Make it dessert…break..dessert…Breassert. What ever you decide to call it, do it.

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The Gin and Lime Cured Huon Ocean Trout Fillet ($20) is a must order. It is possibly one of my favourite breakfasts of all time. The trout was amazing and when mixed with the yolks of those perfectly poached eggs, a taste sensation. I made a lot of mmmm sounds.

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Here they are, two pretty dishes, striking a pose for the foodie paparazzi.

It was a lovely breakfast and I would definitely head back to Top Paddock again. Or even try The Kettle Black, their sister cafe.

So, believe the hype! The food really is worth lining up for. : )

xoxox

Karma
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Mr and Mrs Howell.

The last time I went to Mr and Mrs Howell I was really taken with the wonderful service, beautiful space and delicious food, so I decided to book my birthday celebrations there.  I have been following the chef – Mark Brozic on Instagram (@mrandmrshowelll ) and it was so lovely to meet him – he was so friendly and welcoming! Really made the night perfect.

Here is the menu copied from their website. They change the menu’s seasonally – the menu before this one had less nuts in it – even so, there was still heaps to order.

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We ordered so many things to share! Here are the ‘cheesy’ arancini – $12 Very generous serving and the perfect amount of cheesy.

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We also had the beef yakitori, coriander, crispy shallots -$14 which I really loved as the meat was cooked perfectly and the duck, pine nut and currant spring rolls -$16 which I unfortunately don’t have pictures of due to it being my birthday and everyone wanting to engage in conversation with me, and me getting carried away in conversation!  The spring rolls were really different – I hadn’t tried anything like them before – I liked them but they weren’t my favorite out of the night! I’m not allergic to pine nuts and I have met a lot of nut-allergic who can eat them too, is any one else a pine nut eater?

I must say that the entrees are such generous servings – you get what you pay for, which is something that I love to see. The food is also so beautifully presented, and not overly complicated.

Those were the lovely things that I ate that night – other people ordered seafood! : p Which of course I remembered to take shots of despite not being to able to eat it.  This is the Grilled Calamari w soba noodles, sesame seeds and fresh herbs -$24 They said it was stunning – it sure looks it!

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Here is a shot of the Beetroot salad, pickled red onion, pistachio and mint salad  – $12,  the white anchovy and dill pesto toasts – $12 and the asparagus, sweet potato and spicy cashews w goats cheese dressing – $12

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Alice really loved her roast chicken with prawn and chorizo stuffing and saffron sauce – $29 I liked the plate. It looks so pretty!

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Alice and I shared dessert as everyone else was too stuffed full of yummy food. To my surprise the lovely waitresses and Mark brought out my dessert with a candle and got the restaurant to sing Happy Birthday – such a beautiful thing to do! It was so much fun!  This is the coconut and kaffir lime pana cotta with berry compote – $12 (with candle) It was smooth, coconutty and the berries gave it a little bit of extra sweetness which I loved.  I wanted more of it!

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We also got the Howell’s eton mess – $12 which was super sweet and full of different textures – the cream, the meringue, the berry compote. I liked this one even more than the pana cotta. (I am such a sweet tooth.)

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It was such an awesome night- made even better by the food and friendly staff at Mr and Mrs Howell! Thanks guys!

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