Showcasing the rich heritage of its surrounds, The Stables is Paddington’s newest neighbourhood haunt.
Nestled behind Oxford Street in Paddington sits an elegant new restaurant, The Stables Restaurant and Bar. Sticking to the Paddington theme, The Stables has a beautiful and minimalist interior with mood lighting to create a sophisticated and trendy vibe.
Take a moment to absorb your surrounds and you’ll find a colour scheme that ranges between polished concrete, leather and splashes of brass. Leafy green plants add pops of colour around the room, including up near the lofty ceiling, injecting some much needed vitality to an otherwise neutral palate.
Glistening marble table tops and a long bar take up one wall of the restaurant. As for the kitchen, you’ll find it hiding behind a wooden lattice, with a very aesthetically pleasing wine wall to one side. The ambience is contemporary and the menu mimics that.
Executive Chef Thomas Gripton, formally at Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Yellow and Mjolner, has brought his extensive experience together with his take on classic dishes, showcasing Asian influences, specialty produce and moreish dishes.
On our recent visit, we fell in love with the Blue Swimmer Crab with a pasta blanket, finger lime, egg emulsion and finished with a crab and dashi broth ($29). The mains are based around proteins like braised lamb belly ($32), john dory ($39) and black Angus flank steak ($36), to name a few. We enjoyed the slow cooked Pork Jowl with garlic yogurt, celery ribbons and celery leaf oil, topped with crispy black rice and nori ($31). A must-order is the pan-fried brussel sprouts with deep fried leaves, halek, kelp, white pepper and a decent and favourable amount of parmesan blanketed on top ($14).
Head Bartender Pat Jonson has created a unique cocktail list with herbs grown in a small veggie patch down the road. It features playful creations such as the Paddington Pash ($19), made with cucumber, chilli, vodka and peach plus the Mexican Snow ($20), shaken and stirred using tequila, crème de cacao, Chambord and cream. As for the wine list, it’s primarily Australian with a few worldwide specialties. The Stables also focuses on micro producers for great craft beer.
The Stables Restaurant and Bar has mastered delicious well-thought food and relaxed service without the fine dining pretentious feel. For couples, groups and occasions, it’s the perfect spot away from the rush of Oxford Street.
The Stables Restaurant and Bar
Victoria Street, Paddington, 2021
(02) 9360 00981
Open Tues-Weds 4pm-9.30pm, Thurs Midday – 10pm, Fri-Sat Midday – 11.30pm and Sun Midday – 10pm.