Reviews for The Paddington
by Judge You
3 months ago
Came here a couple of days ago, great atmosphere in the restaurant and shiny wait staff, however, we ordered food and was not too good. Alcohol is certainly up there with the most expensive in Auckland.
Seems like a nice place for a pre dinner drink but not to many.
3 months ago
The mark of a good restaurant is not necessarily its size, but the quality of its food and the generosity of its staff. Along that line, some of the finest dining experiences I've had have been in the small pubs and eatery's I wouldn't have expected anything anywhere near decent. Regrettably, the Paddington in Parnell is not among these gems.
The location of the Paddington makes it appear promising. The owners were at least wise in this regard, having selected a central city spot in the more prestige Parnell area and a building with the look and feel of an old English pub.
I approached the bar to order drinks for my wife and friends before taking a table for dinner. Firstly, the bar staff seemed to be more intent on avoiding eye contact in hope of not serving me. When one of the two bar staff, at the empty bar, decided to serve me, she had a very poor attitude and took pleasure in snarling at me when I asked for a popular beer they didn't stock. I suppose I should have taken that as an omen, but being drawn in by my hunger and friends, and curious as to what such a well known bar's menu consisted of, I decided to press on.
The tables inside had dustings of crumbs and smears of sauce stains and were situated next to the breezy windows. I seated myself and company at the cleanest table I could find. Looking around, I only noticed six or so other customers. Since it was dinnertime on a Sunday evening, this should have been my second warning signal, but I still continued on in my culinary adventure.
After working out that I needed to order at the bar, I ordered a Salami, Caramelised Onion and Chicken pizza for myself and the same for my Wife. I also ordered a side of fries.
After about 25 minutes, my food arrived. I had already begun to expect little, especially considering the fact that, in the 40 minutes I had been there thus far, the only other customers I had spotted were the original six or so patrons I saw when I first came. I decided to give the hasty bar waitress lady a chance to redeem herself by asking her what sauces had been used in the Pizza. The information on the menu had been sparse at best and provided me with no clues. The bar waitress lady simply shrugged her shoulders and replied, “It’s the Salami and Chicken pizza,” before shuffling back off to the bar.
The pizza bread was dripping in oil and had soaked through into the crust, making it quite a task just to pick it up to take a bite. after two slices, I felt sick, as too did my Wife. It lacked chicken and only had salami and some mozzarella cheese.
The side of fried arrived, and fortunately saved me from going home hungry. They were certainly the highlight of the meal, consisting of both a zealous amount of crunch and flavor, accompanied by a very creamy aioli dip.
Visiting the Paddington in Parnell was certainly an experience to remember, but one that I never hope to repeat and would not wish upon anyone else. The saving grace from making this an entirely unpleasant evening was the company I had. If you are tempted by the luscious location and the intriguing English pub looking storefront, you would be better off trying somewhere else.
5 months ago
Located at the bottom of Parnell, The Paddington appears to be another nice pub – think The Dominion, The Kingslander sort of deal.
After being lucky enough to head there with Zomato I was really impressed to discover it’s quite a bit more.
We got to try quite a range of the menu - from catering nibbles to wontons, caesar salad, pizza, cheesecake, pork belly burger and more. My favourite moment was the seafood chowder and the pork belly burger.
My ascension into seafood lover continues. A year ago I would have never ever ever tried a seafood chowder, but oh my. It was delicious! As for the pork belly burger… pork belly, coleslaw and the clincher – fresh slices of apple. The apple cut through the fat and made a refreshing twist for what would usually be a rather heavy meal. Sold!
Then there was the venue itself… which I have no photos of. But imagine brick walls, soft lights, big spaces for partying or small corners to snuggle into. I instantly thought, ‘this would make a great party venue’ and if you are looking for that sort of deal the management come across as really accommodating.
The really exciting bit though? The grandstand room, a room with tiered seating and av capabilities used for watching sports games. In my head I instantly saw, ‘this would make a great fringe show venue’ (ever the theatre goer eh).
The Paddington was really quite impressive. I’ve been there for a drink before but I had no idea of the possibilities on offer. The food was amazing (I will be going again!) the company just as fab and the venue itself quite impressive.
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by My Dining Journey
6 months ago
Eating is a hobby of mine (as you can tell from the content of this blog), I love to eat and try new places and it’s a bonus when you meet people who have the same passion. Last week, I was invited by Zomato to participate in their Auckland Foodie’s Meetup at The Paddington where food bloggers such as myself got to mix and mingle as well as try Paddington’s new menu and understand more about the gastropub and its potential.
Our night started with quick introductions and drinks to calm everyone’s nerves and we got to know each other before food was served. The Paddington was kind enough to created a tasting menu for the group which enabled us to try a bit of everything without having to commit to an entire entrée and main. We tried a total of nine dishes which were served in three different slots.
For our first round, we were served Hoegaarden cured salmon and tomato bruschetta. The confit vine tomato bruschetta was delicious and I loved the presentation. Each bruschetta is garnished with basil and a slice of melted cheese which allows the tomato to take centre stage and the combination truly assentuated the fruit. The Hoegaarden cured salmon wrapped in a cucumber ribbon was a slight let down as it tasted rather plain and lacked the distinctive wheat taste from this popular beer.
After a short break and more chatting, our meal moved on to our second round where we were served homemade mushroom wontons with a side of chilli dipping sauce and beef skewers. The wonton was surprisingly delicious and despite being deep fried, the filling kept its moisture and the crispy golden pastry on the outside provided a crunchy texture. The honey soy beef skewers, cooked medium rare, were nicely seasoned and this came with a side of chilli lime dressing.
After our second course, we took a tour around the place and was shown around the different areas where functions and events can be held. This included the conference room and a private room where they have a ‘grand stand’ style seating arrangement which can be hired for private events. After our tour, we went back to our table to enjoy some more food. The seafood chowder, one of Paddington’s signature dish, was my favourite dish from the menu and this is usually served in a cob loaf. The creamy chowder was packed with an assortment of seafood and the large pieces of prawns were a bonus. We were then served a Caesar salad with both chicken and calamari, chicken and salami pizza (which I didn’t have any) and a pork belly burger served in a slider form. The burger was another stand out dish. Tender strips of pork belly were combined with a slice of apple and slaw mixed with Japanese mayo; the pairing was spot on.
And because a meal is never complete without dessert, we enjoyed a rich Bailey’s cheesecake covered with a caramelised Guinness sauce. The base was not your typical affair and had quite a crunch, which I enjoyed as it gave the dessert a nice texture, but proved to be a messy way to end the night. I liked it so much that I even went back for seconds!
It was such eventful night and I’m so thankful that I was invited to this meet up by Yat-chi and Tamara from Zomato. It was a pleasure getting to know more about The Paddington and meeting other fellow Auckland food bloggers (Bex, Boni & Kelly, Carmella, Genie, Katie, Maddy and Tiffany), so please show some love and check out their awesome blogs!
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by Loved By Katie
6 months ago
I was also invited to a Zomoto Foodie Meetup last week at Paddington.
Light was dim and there were TVs everywhere, however it wasn’t noisy like other sports bars. Tables were clean and nothing smelt bad which was a plus. The huge space was divided into different sections and rooms to accommodate small and big events. I never heard of this place before so it was a great surprise (Perhaps could use the word “pleasure” instead of surprise but up to you.) to find that their food was above bar food level. Paddington had prepared food for us to showcase their menu which we really appreciated.
Wonton and chicken pizza was average. However I did not believe it when I saw their seafood chowder. Chowder with a proper bread bowl? The shape of the bread was lovely – crispy lid and chowder full of wonderful seafood! It wasn’t too creamy so I enjoyed it very much. The beef skewers were tender and seasoned just right. The pork burger was delicious with Japanese mayo, cabbage and apple.
But the best surprise of the night was the Guiness & Baileys cheesecake. It was like crazy delicious. Caramel-like Guiness flavoured cheese top was soft which contrasted with the crispy and cookie-like base. My oh my. (It’s a shame that this dessert is only available on functions menu though)
I decided to revisit Paddington a week after this event. It was Tuesday night so the quiz night was on - we did anticipate that there would be some delay but sadly they mixed up our order which meant that the food was served even later than we had expected. Two dishes came first then the remaining two came after about 10 minutes which was a bit awkward.
I have a thing about trying new things instead of sticking to the best dish I had. So four of us ordered new things which turned out to be… not the best option. Market fish (23) was teamed instead of fried which gave a soft texture but not to how I like it. The potato that came with the dish didn’t compliment the fish well, however parsley cream sauce was lovely. My Prawn and calamari salad (18.5) was interesting as it had sun-dried tomato in it, but had no wow factor. Spinach cannelloni was delicious as we only took a bite of it but it was too creamy for my friend. Fish & Chips (23) was the best out of these four as it tasted wonderful with generous servings of chips, peas, salad and tartare sauce. What a value for money that was!
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6 months ago
Like the comments below, I was also invited by Zomato to try the new winter menu of The Paddington. Firstly, there is free parking on the streets which is a relief in these kinds of areas where you will often find overpriced parking fees. The place is nice and clean, with a classy bar and lounge area. We were served a range of dishes in small samples but were also presented with a full size version of each dish which were ample in portion size and reasonably priced. Please read my blog http://heartshrooms.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/the-paddington-zomato-foodie-meet-up/ for more photos and detail about my visit.
by Genie @ BunnyEatsDesign
6 months ago
I was invited by Zomato to sample The Paddington's menu earlier this week. We tried 9 items from the menu including salmon, bruschetta, wontons, skewers, a chowder, a salad, sliders, pizza and cheesecake. This is a great example of a gastro pub.
My favourite dishes were the seafood chowder and the pork belly burger.
The seafood chowder was creamy and full of seafood, the flavour was delicate and just right. Usually served in a hollowed out cob loaf, making this a substantial soup meal.
The Pork Belly Burger with sour apple slice and slaw with Japanese mayo was delicious. This is usually served on a fragrant sesame pide and includes chunky hand cut Agria chips and aoili.
The Paddington is an upmarket but classic pub with many areas that can be used for private functions. While they show sports on occasion, they aren't really a "sports bar".
I dined as a guest of The Paddington.
Read more about my visit here:
6 months ago
At pocketfullofdreams we love to eat out, so this week when I was invited to come along and try the new winter menu at The Paddington of course I said yes!
The Paddington is located at the bottom of Parnell and has been around for about 10 years. They have some great spaces available for functions as well as a grand stand for sport games! The Paddington also has a calender of events from hosting the Beer pong championships last week to live music and comedy gigs, check out their Paddington Live facebook page for more detail.
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by Steve Hall
Apr 24, 2013
Went for dinner, and made a booking, was explained it was quiz night and would be quietened down by the time we got there.
Arrived at the bar to get our reserved table and waited for a while to be served, very slow. then put at a table which had a loud quiz night speaker above us.
Service was initially a little slow, but once seated, the staff taking orders were friendly and quick.
I had the Baby back ribs, which was a large serving, and nice and spicy, the chips were nice, the coleslaw was a little bland and didnt finish it.
Enjoyed my food though, and was a reasonable price, would definately return if in the area looking for dinner.
Would be an ideal place for people to eat before or after Vector arena events, and save the drive (and the price) of heading out to mission bay etc
Plenty of people were eating the pizzas, and they looked very good, and would order one next time.
Given 3 stars, as there is no 3.5s and its not quite a 4, but a nice place worth a look anyway
Jun 09, 2012
Had a lovely meal at Paddington's before heading to a concert at Vector. Location is great, it was easy to find parking and only 15 mins walk to Vector. The meals were reasonably priced and portions were good. Booked a table but reached awfully late due to terrible Friday evening traffic, however the manager was very accommodating and found us another table. All other staff were also very friendly. Would definitely go here again on concert nights.
by Karen Gibson
Apr 20, 2012
It's a pumping atmosphere here on a Friday for lunch. My friend & I enjoyed our shared Antipasto platter. We asked for 'less meat and more veg' due to one of us being a vegetarian. For $35, we received an ENORMOUS platter of delectable sun-dried tomatoes, baby-belle peppers stuffed with soft cheese (Clevedon Buffalo Mozzarella if I'm not mistaken), Olives, mushrooms, green beans, chorizo, chargrilled red peppers, gherkins, etc, etc. A lovely spot outside in the sun was a bonus. Only thing missing was the artichokes that were on the menu, and I was desperately craving! Oh, and more bread would have been really good (the four slices of ciabatta were very nice... but not quite enough for the size of the platter)! And we felt that a further $5 for another couple of slices that the waitress apologetically offered, was a bit unnecessary...
We both enjoyed the staff's recommendation of "The Ned" Pinot Gris, and I appreciated that the helpful young women at the bar offer me a tiny taster before I committed - fantastic :) They also warned me that the food would be half an hour, before I placed the order... so that was fine - the place was packed.
It's a very busy gastro pub, where you 'bags' a table and then head up to the bar to order & pay. (In other words, no table service provided.)
One more recommendation for the staff... can you please remind me to use my loyalty card? - I always forget!!!
A very pleasant way to spend a Friday lunch.
Apr 14, 2012
Had dinner here a few weeks ago and it was bad, really bad. I ordered the pumpkin and mushroom risotto. What I got was some over boiled white rice with some hard, undercooked chunks of pumpkin and about three token slices of mushroom. My dinner date had a pizza which only had topping over half the base and needed another 10-15 mins in the oven (the cheese wasn't even melted in places. Worst meal I've had out in Auckland.
Nov 08, 2011
I had dinner here on a 6.30pm Tues. The staff were friendly, quick, and had good service. There was ample free 2hr carparks on 3 sides of the building. The place was neat, tidy, classy, and clean.
My companion and I ordered the Sirloin Argentina and Lamb Saddle (both $32 ea). The food was prompt, and the flavours were good. It wasn't 'excellent' though and I wouldn't liked to pay about $25-27 for it (instead $32).
However, all-in-all was a pleasant evening because of venue, carpark, professional staff, easy access, cleanliness, and reasonable food standard.
Jun 30, 2011
Had a lovely lunch with my friend here today. The place is very nice and clean, the food was excellent, the apple dessert was delicious, and the service was friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend this place. A++
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