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Why you need to go to Elephant Bar and Dining at Paddington’s Royal Hotel

Elephant Bar food

Nestled in the heart of Paddington, the Royal Hotel underwent a transformation last month, with all four levels now providing a unique offering. The local closed for a mere four days, from September 8th to 11th, reopening on the 12th with new interiors and an updated menu across the entire pub. The genesis of the relaunch was the desire to redesign the Elephant Bar. The relaunched Elephant Bar and Dining, which now spans across levels one and two. The space is light and airy, with botanical touches littered about the first two levels, complementing the marble bar tops and straw chairs and tables. Elephant Bar and Dining consists of a restaurant, cocktail lounge, and two event rooms. Whilst all the spaces are united aesthetically, each space has a unique look; from the forestry patterns adorning The High Room, to the nautical theme of the private Colonial Club. Created by the Royal Hotel’s ex-bar manager Kurtis Bosley, the drinks menu is geared towards the warmer weather. The cocktail range is experimental yet approachable, with well-blended flavour palettes. A standout is the 5 Ways Sling, a delicately fruity combination of pomegranate liqueur, strawberry infused gin, lime, rhubarb bitters and whites. The Mediterranian style menu is made for sharing; kick off your coastal culinary exploration with the South Australian Sardines and Western Australian Octopus, try a classic Mediterranean salad, before feasting on Spring Bay Mussels Marinara or White Wine, Pan Fried Pumpkin and Ricotta Gnocchi, or Chili Spanner Crab Linguini. For those who enjoy more traditional pub fare,… Read More

Paddington institution Jackies Cafe is now open three nights a week

Jackies Cafe

Tucked away in a leafy courtyard on Glenmore Road in Paddington is iconic venue, Jackies. Perfect for lazy afternoon cocktails at the sushi bar, an intimate dinner in the main restaurant or a casual shared plate get-together with friends in the courtyard, Jackies is now open three nights a week from 5.30pm until late (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).  With the new opening hours comes an exciting Jackies by Night menu which includes signature dishes from the sushi bar and mouth-watering shared dishes such as the braised beef rib with wasabi mash and crispy fried calamari with ponzu sauce. The braised beef rib literally falls off the bone and sits on a delicious bed of wasabi mash. It’s a combination made in heaven. The crispy fried calamari is just as much of a hero on the evening menu, perfectly cooked with a light tempura batter that keeps you wanting to go back for more. Other exciting dishes that feature on the evening menu include typical Japanese favourite, okonomiyaki; pork and prawn ramen; teriyaki glazed quail and agedashi tofu.  And of course, there’s always dessert! Make sure you leave enough room for the Japanese inspired matcha ice cream, seasonal berries and black sesame praline; the dark chocolate mousse with miso caramel and espresso foam; or the dessert with an Italian twist, the affogato jersey milk ice cream with an espresso shot and biscotti.  In addition to the great vibe at Jackies, it’s also a fabulous space for events. With work Christmas parties on the horizon, or any… Read More

The Stables in Paddington is stylish eating off the beaten track

Stables Paddington dining room

If there’s one thing you notice about the Sydney restaurant scene, it’s that people are hesitant to break away from the hot-spots of diners; and, to be honest, it makes sense. Until you discover The Stables in Paddington; a new restaurant just off the main the main drag of Paddington that unashamedly does its own thing in its own space, offering something diners have been crying for. Mood lit, funky styled and expertly catered for, The Stables in Paddington has all the hallmarks of a well-established restaurant in the centre of the city, despite only having been open a few weeks. The building itself houses a lot of history in an “if the walls could talk” kind of way. Having been established since the 1800s, the venue has housed stables (obviously), a hay loft, a tanner’s residence and ironworks over the years, adding to the unique pieces of Australian heritage that make the venue as enjoyable as it is. Executive chef Thomas Gripton’s menu plays along with the rustic nature of the interior and the charm-to-life element of the whole thing, working with locally-sourced and expertly executed morsels. Thanks in large part to his enduring relationships with local providores and artisans, the chef’s take on butter-poached lobster with herb jus, avruga caviar, dill and kombu, slow-cooked pork jowl with garlic yoghurt, celery ribbons, celery leaf oil and crisped black rice as well as nori to miso braised eggplant with parmesan, shallots, dill and aromatics make for one ‘bowl-you-over’ experience. Couple all that menu fancy with a wine range… Read More