The Stables Restaurant and Bar is bringing old world heritage charm and modern Australian cuisine to the heart of Paddington. While the façade might have one thinking of tried and true dishes, the kitchen at The Stables is serving polished modern Australian cuisine and combining that with an everyday approachability.
Executive Chef Thomas Gripton is manning the pass. Gripton’s CV is impressive to say the least with stints at big name establishments such as Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Yellow and Restaurant Hubert. Gripton is now shining a light on a sophisticated menu, with natural flavours.
Gripton and his team are combining old world cooking with modern cuisine. The menu features Sydney rock oysters next to a wagyu Bresaola next to a Black Angus tataki. There are nods to classic French techniques like confit octopus with charred corn puree and zucchini alongside modern Australian combinations like blue swimmer crab with an egg emulsion, dashi and crab broth.
The Stables has taken on the current trend within modern Australian cuisine to meld multicultural cuisine into a menu. This is showcased at The Stables through dishes such as the braised lamb belly with a miso eggplant puree, chestnut and mustard jus, or the slow cooked pork jowl which is served with garlic yoghurt, celery ribbons, crisped black rice and nori.
Of course, the drinks list must echo the Australian focus of the menu, with a wine list that offers some of the country’s finest labels. The Stables have a special bottling system that allows them to sell premium wines by the glass that would ordinarily be available only by the bottle.
That’s not where it ends for the drinks list with 15 different Australian beers highlighting our burgeoning craft beer industry as well as a range of cocktails by head bartender Pat Jonson. Utilising botanicals and spices as well as herbs from a local garden, Jonson plans to elevate the Stables’ range of classic cocktails to another level.
The fit out beautifully ties together what The Stables is all about. The sandstone building has been transformed by polished concrete, marble with brass and leather finishes while remaining sympathetic to the building’s heritage as a housing table, a hayloft, a leather and a blacksmith’s residence. The Stables respectfully nods to the past, but eagerly looks to the future.
The Stables Restaurant and Bar
1 Victoria Street, Paddington, 2021