Saturday, 3 June 2017

Saint Peter - Paddington, Sydney

Saint Peter in Paddington is the ultimate weekend brunch experience - it's a casual and relaxed eatery with amazing food made with quality produce. It's one for the seafood lovers, as the menu is driven by fish and seafood. 

It's also a nice revival of Oxford street, after seeing so many empty shops and for lease signs around.

Saint Peter is a popular restaurant during the weekends and seating is limited, so bookings are highly recommended. 

Saint Peter's menu is all about sustainably sourced seafood, with a changing menu depending on what is in season. I'm especially excited at the idea of a seafood brunch menu that is a bit creative and different.

Saint Peter brunch menu

One must order dish was the Pambula sea urchin crumpet; I'd be seeing it all over Instagram and had been having major food envy. It comes out in two components: the sea urchin in it's spiny shell and the buttery crumpet that smells amazing.

Pambula sea urchin

Salad of Tasmanian octopus, Fabrice's cucumbers and purslane. 

The octopus is cooked to perfection: the right balance of tender and springy. I love the cucumbers for the simple fact that they look like tiny adorable watermelons. 

The purslane adds a lovely green leafiness to the dish. with a slight lemon flavour. I've not previously heard of purslane prior to dining at Saint Peter, and upon researching it have discovered that it's actually quite nutritious, high in vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acid. It's commonly found across the world, but in Australian is known as a weed.

Potato scallops

The potato scallops took me back to the childhood days of walking to the fish and chip shop and getting $2 worth of chips and some potato scallops. These crunchy potato scallops were a thousand times better, definitely the best potato scallops I've ever had!

Sweet and sour blue Ulladulla mackerel on toast

Saint Peter's sustainable approach is showcased by their menu offering, which includes all of the fish where possible, including offal, roe, scales, and in this case the mackerel is served head and all. Mackerel is such an underrated fish and not often seen on menus; it would be great to see more of it as this mackerel on toast was delicious.

There were only two desserts on offer: a lemon tart and a chocolate slice. Nothing fancy, but a sweet way to finish off the meal. 

Lemon tart

Manjari chocolate slice

The lemon tart has a nice zest to it, balanced by the dollop of cream on the side. The Manjari chocolate slice is a dense and rich dessert, made with single origin chocolate chocolate and served with fresh raspberries, black fig and sour cream icing. 

Overall, Saint Peter was a fantastic brunch venue with great food. I'll definitely be back to try out some new dishes, and more of those tasty potato scallops.

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