Samsons’s Paddock is a whisky and wine bar and restaurant located in Mosman Park. The story of Samson’s Paddock started ten years after the Swan Location 83 (where Samson’s Paddock are located today) was first allocated to new settlers in 1831. Not long after Lionel Samson purchased the title, Samson began farming the land and hence, the name “Samson’s Paddock”.
We visited on a Friday evening and the restaurant was buzzing. The space is divided into three different areas, the dining room, the bar area and the lower deck. At Samson’s Paddock, the menu is designed for sharing with small plates and mains.
For one of our small plates, we had the pork belly, corn, peppers and honey tamarind. The pork belly had a crispy skin and was very tender. The honey tamarind sauce added a lovely hint of sweetness to the pork belly.
For our second share plate, we had the grilled octopus, basil, olive powder, tomatoes and pine nuts. The grilled octopus was cooked perfectly and was not chewy in texture at all. The basil, olive powder, tomatoes and pine nuts added fresh flavours which complemented well with the fresh octopus.
For our mains, we shared a 400g sirloin tasting board which comprises of veal, grain fed (mb3), grass fed (mb2) and wagyu (400 day grain fed pure bred mb9+). If you enjoy whisky, you can also ask about the paired whisky board to go along with the 400g sirloin tasting board. Overall, the meats had a nice pink colour in the middle which indicated that it was cooked perfectly to our liking which is medium rare. The winner out of these four would be the wagyu. It was so tender and juicy. The veal, grain fed and grass fed did not fall too far behind the wagyu either. They were all pretty tasty and juicy in their own way!
To complement our sirloin tasting board, we had the sauteed mushrooms, tofu, chilli, garlic and crispy tofu skin. We loved how the sauteed mushrooms had a nice earthy flavour and the crispy tofu skin added a crunch with every bite. The chilli also gave a nice hint of spice to the dish that is not too overpowering.
Overall, we had a lovely experience at Samson’s Paddock. The service was welcoming, friendly and efficient. There’s no reason not to visit Samson’s Paddock as it features a rustic decor along with three fireplaces to keep warm in winter and a two-tiered alfresco area to enjoy when the sun is shining. From Tuesday to Sunday, Samson’s Paddock is open for lunch or dinner or you can simply pop in for a drink.