Housed in the historic Padbury House at the corner of Terrace Rd and Swan Street, the inside dining room is a bit like a warehouse – it was once a general store – and has high ceilings, some exposed brick and is decorated with vintage pieces and various bric-a-brac.
A couple of tables on the footpath give the chance to dine outside, but when we went along for dinner this week, it was a little brisk for that option.
The menu includes bruschetta, lamb shanks, battered fish, salt and chilli prawns, suckling pork belly, eye fillet, pasta, duck and barramundi. We have always found the meals are good quality, what I guess can best be described as home cooked style food – simple food, well cooked.
On this night, we ordered sizzling garlic and chilli prawns, along with a wrapped chicken breast.
A succulent breast of chicken, moist, juicy, tender was encased in prosciutto, and stuffed with an interesting mix of dates, feta, sundried tomatoes and spinach, and served with mash, green beans, carrots and mushroom sauce.
It was full of flavour contrasts, each ingredient complementing the others.
It was an enjoyable, hearty dish.
The prawns served in a cast iron bowl, were as expected sizzling, with heady garlic and chilli aromas wafting from the plate.
Nicely cooked prawns, firm, juicy and moist, cooked in oil infused with garlic and chilli – and the chilli hit was just about right.
A couple of slices of crusty bread to mop up the juices made for a nice warming meal.
We finished with panna cotta, which was served with berry coulis and berry sauce; there was a nice little wobble to the dish, and the berries provided sharp, sweet flavours.
Padburys is licensed – the wine list is small but has a number of Swan Valley wines on it from such producers as Olive Farm, John Kosovich for example, which is to be applauded. Guildford is the entrance to the Valley and the wines of that region deserve a spot on any local wine list.
To support this point we decided on a bottle of John Kosovich 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – although it was sourced from their Pemberton vineyard!
A good expression of cooler climate cabernet, blackberry aromas, mint and cedar hints; rich chocolate and plum flavours, smooth tannins, long satisfying finish. It was great.
Padbury’s turns out good, comfortable food using quality ingredients, has a nice ambience, and is friendly and welcoming.
A more innovative menu would boost its attraction I think, but they seem to know their target clientele.