Paddington's new hotspot is an absolute darling. We mean that by name, and we're sure Darling & Co will live up to it. We're also certain its moniker will be the word of choice for those enjoying a long lunch on Given Terrace.
Not just taking over, but completely remodelling the space that Suncorp Stadium patrons probably know as Iceworks, Darling & Co classes up its corner of the inner west. With a sustainable, seasonal produce-heavy menu that includes the likes of roasted spatchcock and yellow fin tuna tacos as well as hand-stretched pizzas, plus an extensive range of boutique Australian and international wines, the bar and restaurant isn't the kind of place you just drop by on the way to and from the footy.
Instead, think relaxing beverages and leisurely meals, as consumed across a mix of individual tables, cosy booths and communal dining that can seat 300 diners. Think wi-fi, bike racks and dog bowls, too — perhaps for those stopping in for a work meeting, in the middle of a workout or with their pet pooch. Darling & Co wants to be the type of establishment you can head to for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks or coffee, and likely won't want to leave in between.
That's the vision owner-operator Jacqueline Madden brings, as well as her wealth of experience. Madden has worked at Cloudland, Press Club, the Empire Hotel, Peasant, Cabiria, Lefty's Old Time Music Hall and The Fox — and as anyone who has enjoyed a drink or meal at any of the above will know, this bodes well for the revamped venue.