(Sorry for the delay in this post!)
We have visited our new favourite cafe, Top Paddock in Richmond, a few times already. And we have never been disappointed.
The menu has such a great variety and it's great knowing that they have a strong commitment to supporting local suppliers and provenance. They really do bring the paddock to the plate (in beautiful ways too!) The menu offers items for the healthy, to the decadent, and meets all health needs - from bircher muesli with natural yoghurt and green tea poached fruit ($12.5) to ricotta hotcake with blueberries, organic maple, seeds and organic mascarpone ($15.5) to Gin and Lime cured ocean trout filet with pickled baby beetroots, potato galette, poached eggs, leaves and Boatshed goats curd ($18.5).
The first visit. The much awaited first visit. In one word, brilliant!
Olivia went with our papa for the first time and we really enjoyed it. Olivia ordered the bircher muesli and our papa ordered the ocean trout.
The bircher muesli w/ natural yoghurt & green tea poached fruit was wonderfully presented. I loved the edible flowers! As for the taste, it was the perfect consistency and sweetness. The poached pear and berries really complimented the dish. It is perfect for the up coming season of summer. The serving was very large, and left me feeling full and satisfied.
As for the trout, my papa ate it super fast (which means he thoroughly enjoyed it). It looked really good, and would definitely be a meal I will order in the future.
Afterwards, we bought my Nonna flowers from a local florist. They were beautiful, and kinda reminded me of brunch...
The second visit. I had to take Stephanie!
It is too great too miss!
This time, Stephanie ordered the bircher muesli, which she absolutely loved.
While Olivia ordered the oat porridge with strawberry and rhubarb compote, violet sugar and pistachios ($14.5). Once again, the dish was beautifully presented. The violet sugar was a wonderful addition (it had a toffee like taste once it melted with the warm oats). Even though I am not a huge fan of rhubarb, it was a refreshing addition to this wintery dish.
As for the soy chai lattes, absolutely perfect. They literally reminded us of Christmas and the honey jar is perfect to allow us to adjust the sweetness.
We definitely recommend Top Paddock, for everyone.