The venue is reasonably large and carries a sports bar vibe. Though Stu the GM tells us they are trying to move away from that and be known as a space for all be it a family dinner, a dinner for two or a comedy night out.
We had the opportunity to try an item from each section of the new menu.
Finger Food Menu: Hoegaarden cured salmon in cucumber ribbons -not great fans of this starting dish. It was too soft and slimy for us.
Signature Dishes: Mini portions of Seafood chowder (Full $12.50) – the soup was flavoured right, not crazily salty like you would find at Garrison’s Public House. The full portion also comes in a toasted bread bowl and some extra mussels.
Mains Menu: Salami chicken and caramelised red onion with bbq sauce – after going on a pizza overload the past week, I was surprisingly still very acceptable of this pizza. It was, thankfully a nice thin and crispy base.
Sliders: Pork Belly Burger with Japanese mayonnaise slaw and fries – The Depot has certainly set the bar high for slider quality. It’s probably near impossible to match Al Brown’s genius sliders. The sliders at The Paddington were our least favourite of the night. The fries on the other hand were great.
Dessert Menu: Guinness & Baileys Cheesecake - the general consensus round the table was that the top portion of the cheesecake was light and creamy but the base was much too hard. There were chunks of cookie flying out off the plates as everybody attacked it with their spoon.
All in all we had a great night out and enjoyed seeing some bloggers that we were followers of and frequently commented on face-to-face. Can’t wait for the next event!The Paddington.
116 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland.