Picture this: a woman in expensive resortwear sits in elegant repose at a Paddington restaurant. A delicious lunch awaits on the polished wooden table in front of her. She takes a sip from her glass of sparkling and throws her head back, laughing gracefully at a joke told by one of the dozen friends that surround her. She says, in a charming European accent, “You are simply too much, darling!”
It’s not Zsa Zsa Gabor. It’s you.
You at Paddington’s newest venue, Darling & Co., that is. Okay, maybe the European accent and expensive resortwear was a stretch, but it’s the vibe, darling, the vibe.
Freshly remodelled from old Brisbane favourite Iceworks, Darling & Co. offers a range of open-plan restaurant, bar and function spaces, making it the perfect place for a casual drink, brunch, dinner or, of course, a glamorous long lunch.
Sophisticated and sociable – how darling!
The menu is a delightful mix of fancy and familiar we didn’t know we needed, developed by restaurant owner-operator Jacqueline Madden of the Fox Hotel and head chef Giuliano Melluso, of Bucci and Kitchen W8 fame.
Characterised by modern Australian local ingredients with a touch of European influence, Darling & Co.’s cuisine is best celebrated by its lunch and dinner menu, featuring entrées like Cloudy Bay diamond clams and Noosa Spanner crab cocktail, and mains such as banh mi sliders and roasted spatchcock with green chilli and preserved lemon.
You push too hard, darling, but we accept!
If you’re more interested in wetting your whistle, Darling & Co. has a proud range of boutique Australian and international wines, as well as classic cocktails mixed by X and Y and Limes Hotel favourite Zach Miller. What could possibly make these delectable drinks better? Pairing them with some of the bar menu’s hand-stretched pizzas, of course!
Paddington locals will be lucky enough to get a boost from Darling & Co.’s takeaway house-blend coffee, cold-pressed juices and other breakfast options on their way to work. But the rest of us won’t miss out; we get to sit back, stretch out and relax with a delicious weekend breakfast range available from Friday to Sunday.
With wi-fi, bike racks, readily available parking and dog bowls, it seems as if Darling & Co. won’t just be “darling” to us; we won’t want to go anywhere else for the rest of the day! Which seems to be the point, according to owner-operator Jacqueline Madden.
“We set about sourcing a venue that would provide comfortable, all-occasion dining, ample parking and an inviting atmosphere which encouraged easy conversation. There’s no reason to leave; it’s all here.”
Opening Tuesday, November 3, the restaurant is gracing us with its dishes and drinks just in time for Melbourne Cup Day. Because what’s more darling than fashion, food and drink, and throwing all your money at the horses?
Darling & Co. will be open seven days a week, from 6.30am ’til late.
Darling & Co.
157 Given Terrace, Paddington