Swine and dine at this French bistro perched atop a Paddington bottle shop.
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Published on May 05, 2022


The name does a lot of the heavy lifting for this French bistro situated above P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants' Paddington outpost on Oxford Street. Porcine is a restaurant tailor-made for the carnivorous-inclined to pig out on excellent food and wine till they're tickled pink courtesy of owners Nicholas Hill (former Head Chef at The Old Fitz) and ex-Don Peppino's co-owner Harry Levy.

The menu quite literally goes the whole hog with a focus on nose-to-tail cooking. Highlights of this approach appear on the menu in the form of pork shoulder with pomme purée and choucroute garnie; pork creton with lentils; and truffled pork and prune pâté with duck fat toast. Don't fret if you're meat-averse. Veg friends are looked after with a wild mushroom vol-au-vent, hearty autumn vegetables with vinaigrette, and a crisp raw endive with plum, capers and mint.

There are plenty of drinks on offer including classic cocktails and an impressive wine list featuring varietals across the grape spectrum. Or, better yet, you can pick up your favourite bottle from the conveniently located shop downstairs and BYO for a $25 corkage fee.


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