Monday, 10 March 2014

Review: Top Paddock | Centonove | Yu-U | Mr Hobson | Locanda

Top Paddock

Located on Church Street in Richmond, Top Paddock is one of Melbourne’s hottest Sunday brunch spots.
There is a lot to like about Top Paddock – relaxed space, great atmosphere and a brilliant breakfast/brunch menu that is different from the norm (in a good way). 

I had the gin and lime cured ocean trout fillet with pickled baby beetroots, potato galette, poached eggs, leaves, goats curt and toast. Each element was cooked beautifully and came together very well.

The only problem is the no booking policy - you wait an hour for a table – something I’m definitely not a fan of. But if you’re not like me and don’t mind waiting in line, then you’ll be rewarded for your patience.
Top Paddock on Urbanspoon

One of Melbourne's culinary institutions, Centonove aims to please and does.
We loved the modern techniques and traditional Italian flavours from each dish. Everything was executed very well.
A gem of a place, it is no wonder Centonove has gained the acclaim it has.
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Yu-u is as authentic an izakaya experience as you will get outside Japan.
The food is prepared with the utmost precision and the sashimi is amazingly fresh. The location is very hidden but it is well worth the search!
Yu-U on Urbanspoon

Mr Hobson
Set in a prime location, Mr Hobson boasts fabulous views.
The food is executed reasonably well. Our visit was however tainted as we realised the next day that we had been overcharged. We sought to rectify the situation with the restaurant but they unfortunately refused to refund us the overcharged amount.
Mr Hobson on Urbanspoon

Locanda Steakhouse
The food is of a reasonable quality and the prices reflected are "higher end of town". We were reasonably pleased with the food but thought the service left much to be desired. We looked for assistance when it came time to pay the bill but found it frustrating getting any attention. Finally, one of us mustered up the courage and walked up to the bar where there were a few wait staff chatting and asked to pay our bill. We then left the restaurant and were chased down the road by another staff member shouting that we had not paid our bill. We quickly showed our receipt for the meal. Bizarre. 
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