Sydney, New South Wales

What was once Mad Cow is now Palings Kitchen and Bar. Located on level one of Merivale's impressive Ivy building, Palings is inspired by an upmarket food hall concept, offering quality home cooking at affordable prices. Plus, there's a charming wooden caravan (known as Sunee's Thai Canteen) serving traditional street-style Thai dishes.
Opening Times
Ivy - Level One
350 George Street
Sydney CBD
Tel: +61 2 9240 3000
Cafe, Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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The popularity of venues like Palings marks a significant shift in the Sydney dining scene. No longer do people want formal dining, it's all about more casual and accessible options. As part of the ivy renovation, Palings taps into this new market with its mix-and-match venue, with various dining areas (including Sunee's Thai Canteen), plus a sprawling bar and a cute little open roof courtyard in the middle.

The rustically open space is like a playground for adults – a pad thai from Sunee's (the menu overseen by former Sailors Thai Ivy head chef Wii Trissanamaneewong), a cocktail from the bar or perhaps a bang-for-your-buck Palings steak (the grill manned by former Mad Cow chef Christopher Whitehead). It's got that hip, "this-is-the-place-to-be-seen" vibe that one naturally associates with Merivale establishments, except Palings has a more laid-back, more "me" feel. There's both table and bar service, $5 drinks happy hour on weekdays and DJ's on Thursday and Friday evenings. Like the venue itself, the meals are a mixed bag. The smoked trout and ricotta salad impresses while the house pasta bake is heavy and tasteless. The dessert menu, however, courtesy of Lorraine's Patisserie, is undoubtedly a highlight.
Anna Lisle
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Bar / Wine Bar
Cheap & Cheerful
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Something Different
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.
350 George Street,
Ivy - Level One
Sydney CBD NSW 2000
On Ivy's level one, off George Street, opposite Wynard Station.
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Kathryn - 13/01/2013
I used to go to Mad Cow quite a lot with my team at lunch so was sad to hear it closed and curious to see what they have done with this space. The menu has a lot of snacks and sharing dishes so my group ordered a bit of everything. Things like the fried chicken and croquettes were popular, I think we ordered two extra plates of the latter so these were probably the team favourite. Not sure about the savoury doughnuts with bacon but they still disappeared fairly quickly. There were also some potatoes in a salt crust which were unusual. It's definitely a carb friendly menu although that could have been our doing given we sidestepped all the salad options. As we left I spotted done peoeple eating satay sticks and noodles that looked really tasty so I'll definitely be coming back to try that as there is no good Thai around this part of the city.
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