The instafamous subject of countless brunch snaps, the fluffy pancakes at Paddock aren’t just a means of racking up likes (they’re actually delicious!) As for the rest of the menu, there’s a lot to double tap – from a vibrant take on Filipino dessert halo halo, to the grilled peach salad with Serrano ham.
In an area saturated with hip cafes, Paddock’s humble terrace exterior conceals one of Surry Hills’ best brunch spots. There’s surprisingly plentiful seating inside and on the front verandah, but if you can, I’d definitely recommend snagging a table in the airy garden courtyard out the back.
Grilled Peach Salad ($18.50)
Surprisingly not from their summer specials menu, the grilled peach salad is a delightful mishmash of flavours. Paper-thin sheets of salty Serrano ham mingle on the tongue with sweet, juicy slices of grilled peach, blistered cherry tomatoes, goats cheese and balsamic, while fennel and ripped bread reminiscent of a panzanella salad add texture and crunch.
Poached Ocean Trout ($25)
The poached ocean trout is a visually striking dish with vibrant red beetroot splattered across a white canvas. The fish itself was slightly overcooked but seasoned well and delicious with a smudge of parsley pesto. The real leading lady, however, was that delightfully moreish croquette with it’s golden, crunchy coating encasing a melty cheese and ham filling.
Fluffy Pancakes with Pandan Ice Cream ($19.50)
Then, there are the pin-up-pretty pancakes that seemingly everyone orders at this Surry Hills locale. I’m not sure fluffy is the right word here, as they are a little more cake than pancake, however, they are light and airy (as far as cake goes) with a beautiful flavour. Finished with a scoop of garishly green but delicious pandan ice cream, vanilla mascarpone, whipped maple butter and fresh fruit, I’d highly recommend this dish for sweet breakfast lovers.
Paddock Halo ($10.5)
I think every Asian country has their own version of a crushed ice dessert and it’s safe to say I’m high-key obsessed with them all! So naturally, I was ecstatic to try Paddock’s version of the delicious Filipino dessert – Halo-halo. Served in a tall milkshake glass filled with crushed ice, sweet red beans, bright pink sago, coconut milk and ube ice cream, the dessert is topped off with a piece of sweet flan, coconut jelly, cornflakes and a pineapple crisp. Needless to say, it was amazing and a must-order before it disappears from the menu for winter.
Eats with Marie dined as a guest of Paddock on Crown. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.
Paddock on Crown
509 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 8399 2827
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