First of all I have to apologise for the lack of blogs lately, life seems to be getting away from me and blogging has come off second best! I'm going to attempt to be more prolific with my blogging, and will be taking a photo course some time in the year (how are my weeks so full ALREADY!?!?) So now that's out of the way....
Drizzly and overcast, Sunday afternoon seemed like the perfect day for a catch up with a friend I had not seen in ages. She always lets me pick where to go (bless her cotton socks), but I was having trouble deciding. I definitely didn't feel like a trip to the valley- I just wanted something low key and comfortable. But where to go for cocktails and something light to eat?
Sometimes, the answer, is right in front of your face. I spend so much time going to restaurants in the city, the valley etc etc that I thought it was time to get back to home ground and head out in Paddo.
Perhaps a walking cocktail tour of Paddington? Delightful- and just what the doctor ordered. So I will bring to you reveiws of a number of paddington drinks establishments over the course of the next week or so.
Despite having the WORST service of my entire life at The Lark a couple of years ago, I decided it was time to forgive and head back to see if things had changed. They had. In fact, I have never seen such a dramatic improvement in a restaurant ever. From the moment we walked in the waiter/bar guy was charming, as was the lovely girl that was also working. Through the whole visit, the service was delightful, yet still homely.
We decided to sit upstairs in the lounge area with the comfy cushions and watched the rain drizzle down, making us feel like we were anywhere but Brisbane. The live music (one man on acoustic) added a nice touch to the atmosphere which was chilled out.
As cocktails were our first priority, we browsed through their menu which consists of prelude, body and epilogue cocktails and I decided on 'The Strummer"which contained orig. Absolut Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice, Falernum Syrup, Passionfruit and Aromatic Bitters; topped up with Ginger Beer served in a highball for $16. My drink was refreshing and the falernum syrup (sweet syrup used in Tropical and Caribbean drinks) added an awesome sweet, tropical kick.
I.P, my pie (parnter in eating) ordered the El Fuego for $17 (I think). Her cocktail looked impressive and tasted good, but had quite an overpowering sense of orange. I'm not a huge fan of artificial orange flavours, but I.P didn't mind it at all.
At the Lark, we only grabbed a couple of things from their grazing menu, because we didn't want to fill up too much. I.P predictably ( she is mexican!) chose the Hot buffalo mozzarella & prosciutto quesadillas $3.50 each and I went with the wild rabbit pastries for $6 each(from my hazy memory.) The quesadillas were ok, a little too oily but the buffalo mozzarella and spring onion meshed well.
The wild rabbit pastries were divine. The filling was gamey and rich, but not overpowering. The actual pastry was a little flaky but I seriously wanted more rabbit. Please give me more rabbit in my next pastry! And there will be a next, because I will be going back. Perhaps for a lazy lunch or an after work apertif. I now understand why The Lark were nomintated for Bar Operator of the Year and Asia Pacific Top 20 bars in 2009- because they really do deserve it. More from the walking cocktail tour soon!