Address: 658 Church Street Richmond 3121
Hours: Mon - Fri 7am to 4pm, Weekends 8am to 4pm
Winter is almost over and I am thrilled at the fact of it because I HATE WINTER. I am a summer kind of gal because rainy days and layering clothes is not my cup of tea. Fortunately, my visit to Top Paddock was on a sunny day and it was delightful to catch up with an old friend (Ai Thi) who I've known for 15 years (since prep). Top Paddock is a cute brunch place located in the hustle and bustle of Richmond. I've seen so many photos on Instagram but I'm so glad I finally got to try it out :)
Unfortunately we had to sit on the communal table because we arrived during the lunch peak hour, but we were so involved in our conversation that it didn't bother me that people were sitting around us. It was extremely difficult to choose what to eat for lunch because each item on the menu sounded so lovely. Eventually I chose the soft shell crab in a brioche bun because I am a sucker for seafood and if it's in a burger form... even better!
Local pine mushrooms with chilli scrambled eggs and Boatshed feta on toast - $15.50
Ai Thi ordered the scrambled eggs so I didn't eat much of it because it had the evil ingredient CHILLI. You can't really go wrong if you order eggs and mushies in a brunch dish.
This dish was a clear winner for me!!! The soft shell crab was a bit too salty for my own liking but still DEEEELISH nonetheless. I LOVE BURGERS so to have seafood combined with a sweet bun was nothing short of amazing. The price was a bit dear but I would pay for it again and again because it was THAT good. The photo makes the burger look really big but the bun was extremely soft so biting into it wasn't too difficult.
Stools made out of street signs.
Open spaces. Loved the environment. Loved the waiters/service. Loved the decos. Loved the menu! Pretty much loved everything except waiting to pay at the front desk because it took longer than it should have. Parking around Top Paddock wasn't too difficult either because there are inner streets around the cafe.
Tea cup lights! So cute.
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