Top Paddock was awarded best cafe in The Age Good Cafe Guide 2014 this week, and as a massive fan I thought it only fair that I shared a few more of the beautiful dishes that I’ve had the pleasure of trying at this favourite of mine. I’ve made no secret of my love of this cafe, it features regularly in my conversations and recommendation, and it’s so great to see it being recognised by the esteemed ‘Good Food Guide’.
House made muesli with poached fruit + yoghurt
This has to be one of the most photographed muesli’s in Australia at the moment… and for good reason! Not only is it unbelievably pretty, it has incredible taste. Fresh seasonal berries, edible flowers and smooth creamy muesli packed with sultanas. The poached pear was sensational – soft, sweet and perfectly poached. This runs a very close 2nd behind the ‘blueberry and ricotta hotcake’ as my favourite dish at Top Paddock (Review here).
Fried eggs and bacon
I’m not typically a fried egg eater, so no guesses here that this was the chosen dish of my friends’ that day. Visually very appealing, yokes were fresh and runny, served with a decent serving of good-quality Aussie bacon.
I’ve had my fair share of Top Paddock coffees, once even coercing my husband to drive 40 minutes out of our way through the Sunday arvo footy traffic just to satisfy my caffeine addiction. ‘Consistent’ is the word that comes to mind. Be it a flat white, latte, skim milk or soy milk… I’ve had my share of all of them and not a single ‘off’ coffee yet. The range is also impressive with a selection of house blend and single origin beans available every day. The coffee bar is a hectic, but well-oiled machine run by efficient, skilled and consistent baristas.
I’m also a huge fan of sustainable and environmentally-conscious establishments. Thankfully these are becoming more prevalent in Melbourne and Top Paddock is amongst them. The cafe boasts a ‘strong commitment to provenance and traceability’ and they are proud of the support and passion of a list of local and sustainable suppliers which are named on their menu. So not only mouth-watering… by also morally sound!
Inlovewithbrunch verdict: Very worthy of ‘best cafe 2014′
Top Paddock, 659 Church St, Richmond Melbourne, 03 9429 4332
Article by Rosslyn Cooper
A foodie from Melbourne Australia with a penchant for brunching! Usually involves dragging said-foodie’s husband along too as taste-tester/guinea pig!
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