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Review - Avido Restaurant & Wine Garden

Naughty or nautical? I’ll let you decide about the knotted black velvet ropes that Melbourne designer Sarah Parkes has hung from the ceiling in this funky, Paddington wine bar, in which Matt Woods (Bloodwood) also had a hand.

You’ll find a good wine list with plenty to keep you interested – a lot I’ve never heard of, and a good selection sitting around fifty bucks – so not too big an investment either way. You can consume them inside, or in their wine garden when the weather is not inclement.

To begin, I’d direct you toward the Chicken Liver Parfait ($16) accompanied by the restrained oak of a ripper Chateau St Jean Chardonnay ($13/glass) from Sonoma, California.

Mostly because no matter how tasty the Aromatic Seafood Broth ($14), or how joyful the accompanying Tuscan bread bursting with red grapes and onion, the dish falls short if the mussels and clams within are overcooked.

Fried Gnocchi with Gorgonzola, Spinach and Pancetta ($26)
replaces the usual soft, potato pillows with deep brown fritters.

A nicely presented board of Bangalow Pork Belly ($32) had some technical issues – poorly rendered fat, undercooked cauliflower, and too crisp black pudding.

Yes, the mistakes, including a lumpy log of Truffle Mash ($9), were all minor. Perhaps an overly ambitious kitchen, or maybe the newly recruited Chef Skye Carigiet has yet to leave a real mark on the menu? Only time will tell…

Avido Restaurant & Wine Garden
438 Oxford Street, Paddington
Ph: (02) 8084 5465

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( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 30th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
haha that truffle mash log looks a bit dodgy hey! the strips of bacon look delish tho
Jul. 29th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
totally agree

I had the same experience here and found the service to be dreadful! I was made to feel extremely unwelcome - which is sad, cos Paddo needs more places like this AND because they were completely empty. Very strange attitude


Jul. 29th, 2011 09:21 am (UTC)
Re: totally agree
Yeah, I had good service, but the next table was getting the cold shoulder which worried me too. I also agree re Paddo needing more places. Have you tried La Scala on Jersey upstairs at the Light Brigade Hotel?
Feb. 3rd, 2012 03:31 am (UTC)
Oh dear!
That is a great and honest review of bad experience if there were flaws in virtually every dish ordered except for the parfait and gnocchi. Love the idea of deep-fried gnocchi and the presentation of the pork belly and its' condiments but it doesn't sound like they pulled it off.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: Oh dear!
Thanks for your comment. I liked the pork belly's presentation too, but as you point out, they didn't realise the dish's potential well.
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