Paddington's much loved restaurant Fred's has been a go-to dinner spot since it opened back in 2016. Now, internationally renowned head chef Danielle Alvarez is opening for the daytime crowd, starting Saturday, April 28.
The new Saturday morning offering will see the front bar reimagined into a European-inspired café from 8–11am each week. It'll serve up pastries, sweet treats and coffees for dine-in or takeaway. The succinct brekkie menu has been curated by Alvarez and includes options like savoury scrolls with goat's curd and leeks, buttermilk scones with lemon curd, apple and quince galettes, and plum and almond cakes. Plus, there will be canelés, those rum and vanilla pastries from Bordeaux with a custard centre and caramelised crust. Everything will be made in-house using organic flour and butter.
Apart from these goodies, there will also be $65 seasonal produce boxes on offer from Sift Produce. The company — who supplies to the Fred's kitchen — works specifically with small-scale farmers who practice regenerative agriculture, so each box will include just-harvested ingredients sourced directly from local growers. You'll need to pre-order by sending Sift an email.
The chef sees this new offering as a step toward turning Paddington into a destination for home cooks. "I would love our guests to be able to buy some of the produce we offer in the restaurant, to cook with the ingredients at home and get a better understanding of what true seasonality means," Alvarez said.
It's certainly in the right spot, with the neighbourhood's adored seafood restaurant Saint Peter also just opening a Fish Butchery, plus the institution that is the Paddington Markets happening across the road every Saturday.