Mr Cooper’s, Paddington
What a pleasant little surprise this place was! We came in for a quick lunch before a day of shopping on Oxford Street and we were not disappointed. Each dish we had was more impressive than the next. We’re definitely planning to come back one night for dinner (maybe on one of the nights the have live music!) or perhaps a hot summer day to take advantage of the lovely little courtyard they’ve got out back.
We started off with a few glasses of rosé and the Wagyu Slider. Nothing not to like about this – flavourful wagyu, atop a soft sesame seed bun with cheese, lettuce, tomato and carmelised onions.
Next up, the dish I was most skeptical about, but turned out to be my favourite one – Yarra Valley Goats Cheese, Figs, Wild Rocket, Fig Syrup and some sort of Rocket Cream all atop a crisp slice of Fig & Guinness Sourdough bread. The mix of flavours was perfect.
Followed up by perfectly crispy, yet light and fluffy Smoked Haddock Croquettes with a Basial Tartar.
The last dish – the Fish Pie with a Cheesy Mash Topper – was McKay’s favourite and for good reason. We’ve had a fish pie or two in our day and this was one of the best we’ve had. We weren’t sure exactly what was in it – we definitely identified some sort of tasty white fish, scallop, prawn, peas and potatoes. We wished there was more…so tasty!
Service was lovely and we even got a little bit of a history lesson when our server was telling us about the name of the restaurant. Apparently, Mr Cooper was a British convict sent to Australia…well because he was a convict and that’s what happened to British convicts. Once here, he started a Gin distillery in the Paddington area where Mr Coopers is located. Convect namesake or not – we loved it!