Hello Melbourne! Field Trip: Top Paddock

Information: Top Paddock| Address: 658 Church St, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia| Phone:03 9429 4332| Email: info@thetoppaddock.com| Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am – 4pm Weekends: 8am -4pm (Kitchen closes at 3 pm everyday) |Reservations can be made Monday-Friday

During this trip, I learned that one of my friends can only eat savory foods for every single meal.  Luckily for me, I have no such qualms or limitations, otherwise I would have truly missed out on something spectacular: Top Paddock’s ricotta hotcake.

When walking into Top Paddock, you are greeted with a large, bright airy space, filled to the skylights with design inspiration.  We chose to sit at one of the large communal tables, so we could settle in comfortably for a leisurely brunch and conversation.

Luckily for us, the menu at Top Paddock has a colorful collection of both imaginnative sweet and savory entrees, made from ethically sourced farm-to-table ingredients. There are classic brunch options  such as Eggs Benedict, homemade sourdough toast and jam, and more inventive options, such as: Seasonal & Farmwall mushrooms, smoked pomme puree, kipfler potato crisps, truffle oil and poached egg, and white anchovies, Brussels sprouts, fried eggs, garlic and bone marrow butter on toast.

One of my favorite Melbourne restaurant customs is that they always ask you for your drink order first, and then leave you to read (and discuss!) the menu in leisure.

Our orders  arrived after the first few sips of coffee~ I can’t quite remember what my friends ordered, because I really only had eyes (and appetite) for the hotcake.

Please, take a closer look!  It’s a ricotta hotcake, topped with berries, toasted macadamias, seeds, with a generous dollop of cream, a dash of lemon myrtle sugar, drizzled with strawberry eucalyptus syrup and strewn with edible flowers. So much gorgeousness on one plate.  The hotcake was tender, and lightly flavored with lemon. It’s definitely a cosy, safe dish, where you are enveloped in sweetness and pretty colors.

In addition to the beautifully presented plates, make sure to drink in Top Paddock’s lighting and furniture. For example, I think pairing the green chairs with the wooden tables is quite pretty.

I also love the bathroom here.  The tiling is a classic white tile, accented by a black hanging lamp, trimmed with rose gold hardware.

There is also one simple, yet perfectly functional wooden shelf for toilet paper rolls.  This shelf is definitely an idea that is filed away for future bathroom remodels.

Also on your way out, make sure you take a quick look up and admire the teacup lights.

Enjoy!

Information: Address: 658 Church St, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia| Phone:03 9429 4332| Email: info@thetoppaddock.com| Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am – 4pm Weekends: 8am -4pm (Kitchen closes at 3 pm everyday) |Reservations can be made Monday-Friday

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