“A unique spin on Australian-Japanese international fusion.”
Paddy Hills is the latest cafe to join the ever-growing list of food places in Singapore. Having opened its doors just today (Yes, TODAY.), it has already garnered quite a following with their aesthetically pleasing plated dishes that you can find on Instagram. The locale of the space was where a famous duck rice stall used to be. Paddy Hills offer innovative dishes & unique dishes, with inspiration drawn from cafes in Australia while injecting a bit of the local palate.
The side mural of Paddy. Great for all your OOTDs, selfies and whatnot.
Inside the cafe. I do quite like the interior.
The bar area featuring the coffee machine.
The interior of Paddy Hills has taken on a more modernistic approach. There seems to be a slight hint of industrial-like quality here & there, which is common for cafes nowadays, but it’s not so jarring. I likened the space to more of an Art Deco style, a style that I quite fancy, hence the interior really impressed me. My companion even noticed that the air conditioning ducts were painted gold. Another thing you’ll notice is the fantastic lighting throughout the cafe, with windows on the side allowing for an optimal amount of Sunlight. (Instagrammers & foodies, ready thy cameras.)
Some cakes & desserts on display at the counter.
Daytime Eats menu of Paddy Hills.
And…. Nighttime Nosh menu of Paddy Hills.
The key to the quick booming popularity of Paddy Hills so far is not just their interior design, but their innovative & pretty dishes as well. Everything looks & sounds so interesting that you’ll be spoiled for choice. (Some customers nearby exclaimed “Oh my God. I want to try everything!”) The cuisine here is an Asian Fusion mixture of Australian-Japanese with hints of Spanish & French. One of the chefs here was from Clifford Pier of Fullerton Bay Hotel, hence you can tell that the menu/dishes here is quite well crafted. Another thing that you’ll immediately notice, is how huge the plates are!
Prices here are unfortunately geared towards the higher end of things. Mains can reach above the 20 dollar mark. The saving grace is that they do not charge GST or service fees. (Thankfully.)
Pinkish Lemonade ($7)
Thyme, Pomegranate, Dash of Rose Water
Initially, I ordered “Taste Like Purple”, another one of their juices which I had seen on Instagram. Sadly, I was told that it was unavailable. (On opening day?! Oh well.)
Nevertheless, their whole range of quenchers seem to be quite popular, especially with the hot weather, hence I decided to try the Pinkish Lemonade instead. It tasted really good, a great drink to cool you down from the heat. I did find the pomegranate seeds a tad annoying. (They kept getting stuck in my straw.) Still, the drink looked & tasted great.
Chicken in a Bag ($15)
Golden Fried Chicken, Lemon Mayo, Homemade BBQ Sauce
My companion decided to choose a safe option & ordered this rather than the “Toasted Spicy Rice Cakes”. (Go figure.)
As always, I found the price to be somewhat atrocious. It’s a starter mind you. (Bugger, all you can do is to give in to what society thinks is the norm I guess.)
Anyway, apart from the price, I actually found these to be pretty delicious. Fried chicken is sort of comfort food to me, hence it really hit home. The lemon mayo paired perfectly with the boneless fried chicken pieces; reminiscent of Lemon Chicken. (A dish I loved when I was wee lad.)
My companion liked it as well, though she found it to be overly salty. She also stated that the dark colour was a slight turn off. (Okay then….)
Squid Ink Tagliatelle ($23)
Puffed Rice, Seared Scallops, Mentaiko, Ikura, Tobiko
The last three ingredients of the dish basically sold it for me. I do love my fair share of pastas as well which made this dish a no-brainer to try.
Overall, I really liked the taste of the dish, it was perfect, with delicious fresh scallops. The puffed rice added a slight crisp to each bite as well. I did find that the sauce was slightly too thick, which made it somewhat overwhelming, especially when paired with Tagliatelle, which is a pretty thick pasta by itself.
Hash Hash ($24)
Toasted Bread, Roasted Potatoes, Chorizo, Sauteed Mushrooms, Beef Shank, Sous Vide Egg, Baked Egg
While this dish actually took the longest to arrive, it actually tasted pretty great. I would usually prefer more of a Beef Bourguignon sort of stew, but this was quite fantastic as well. Generous portions of beef paired with sous vide egg & a baked egg, a dish I would highly recommend to any beef lovers out there. The portion seems more for a side to be shared rather than a main though.
The Asian Brick ($18)
Brûlée Brioche French Toast, Goreng Pisang, Butternut Squash Puree, Purple Sweet Potato, Yam Ice-cream, Gula Melaka, Marcona Almonds
This dish is one to look out for when you’re at Paddy. It’s essentially a mixture of various dessert-like ingredients, which interestingly enough worked very well together. Though it’s listed in the “Breakfast” section, I felt that it’s more a “Dessert” dish. My companion loved this, as she’s more for Asian cuisine, hence. The brioche was created to resemble small buns, a change from the usual thick squared brioche, which I thought was an interesting change. Overall the dish was also quite fantastic & eye-catching.
One nearby couple noticed the dish while I was busy with my photography & exclaimed “Woah! What’s that? It’s huge!”.
Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($19)
Blueberry Sugar, Berries, Pine Nuts, Mascarpone, Maple Syrup
First things first, I simply adored the aesthetic of the dish. It’s basically in one of those “Too pretty to eat” lists. Having also seen this on Instagram, I knew I had to order it, especially with the word “Hotcakes”.
Anyone growing up would have eaten the hotcakes from McDonald’s at least once & loved it. This was basically a much refined & classier version of that. The flavours were pretty wonderful, with a mixture of berries & strawberries, maple syrup & Mascarpone. The taste did remind me of the hotcakes from McDonald’s quite a bit.
This dish was actually tried & tested through experimentation to get the perfect consistency of the batter. The hotcake itself has a texture similar to that of muffins. Overall, this was superb & another highly recommended dish from me.
Rise & Grind, eh?
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
The food here at Paddy Hills is no doubt superb & innovative, a breath of fresh air from the onslaught of boring brunch dishes. Though the wait time for the food did take quite a bit, the staff were really friendly & the food were pretty top-notch. (Hence, I’ll let it slide since it’s their opening day as well.) The place is great to chill over a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or quenchers as well, with a nice interior aesthetic & atmosphere. The prices do get to me though, something that tends to scare off any of my potential friends who would want to try the place. Nonetheless, I’m keen on trying their Nighttime Nosh menu as well as some other dishes from their Daytime Eats.
38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118164
(Nearest train station: Haw Par Villa)
Contact: 6479 0800
08:30 am – 10:00 pm daily