Mondo Organics is high on my list of favourite Brisbane restaurants. Al and I have been visiting since 2001. The style of food, consistency, quality, value for money and attentive wait staff make it a lovely special occasion restaurant but also a perfect impromptu ‘let’s eat out tonight’ dining choice.
To start we ordered the ciabatta bread (from Leavain) with evo ($6) and the spiced mixed quinoa falafel, black baba ganoush with raw veg salad ($16). Tasty and light, the smokey baba ganoush was the star of this dish.
I waivered over my decision for my main. It was between the leek, shiitake and oyster mushroom buckwheat tart, kale, pepitas, red onion pickle and herb marscapone ($26) or the polenta gnocchi romana, capers, pine nuts, currants, sorrel, pecorino ($26). I went with the tart which was more like a quiche. The pastry was flakey and nutty but the actual tart was too eggy for my liking. I expected a much bigger mushroom flavour.
Al chose the pan-fried white fish, cauliflower, purple carrot, beetroot puree, samphire with tumeric vinaigrette ($36). Dish of the night. Amazing flavours, perfectly cooked fish. I had major food envy but Al did make sure I tasted all the components, separately and together. If you see a dish on a menu with samphire as one of the ingredients. Order it. Amazing! It tastes of the sea. The other highlight on this dish was the beetroot. Earthy and smooth, it was a brilliant partner to the fish.
Regardless of what else you order, you must experience the crunchy potato squares with aioli ($9). They have been a staple on the menu from the very beginning. Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, they are moreish and a delightful take on chips.
Having never tried activated almonds, I was intrigued to taste. According to the Almond Board of Australia, “advocates of activated almonds claim that raw almonds contain certain phytochemicals that prevent your body from receiving the full benefit of the nutrients almonds contain. The activation process requires almonds to be soaked in water for a period of 12 hours. Advocates believe this deactivates the enzyme inhibitors and brings the nut to life”.
The chocolate meringue dessert was very ‘adult’. No cloying sweetness here. Bitter and salty, just the way I like my chocolate. It was very rich and I couldn’t finish it so I’d suggest sharing this dessert with someone you love.
Mondo Organics also do a very reasonably priced tasting menu, consisting of six courses for $70 or $110 with matching wines.
As I mentioned earlier, Al and I have visited lots of times for lunch and dinner over the years but we’ve never been for breakfast. The breakfast menu looks great with lots of gluten free, diary free and wheat free options.
With so many amazing restaurants in Brisbane, it’s always tempting to try somewhere new, but sometimes you just need to go back to a favourite and sometimes only Mondo will do.
Note: please excuse the photography. Mondo Organics has very subtle and moody lighting which I love, but difficult for photography.
This is not a sponsored post. We paid for our own meal.
Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 8.30 am – 11.30 am
Lunch: Friday to Sunday 12 pm – 3 pm
Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday 6 pm – late
Bookings: 07 3844 1132 or via our Bookings Form
Location: 166 Hardgrave Road West End