Mondo Organics, 166 Hardgrave Street, West End, QLD 4101, Ph: 07 38441132Date of Review: 07 July 2012
A group of girlfriends and I decided to have a catch up over brunch and were told that Mondo Organics had good reviews. It was kind of tricky knowing where the entrance way to the restaurant was. You see Mondo also has a cooking school situated next door to the restaurant by the same name...but once inside we were in luck and were seated outside in a sheltered area, despite not having made a prior booking.
Dressed in our exercise gear, we felt a bit out of place, as the restaurant is quite upmarket...but once we were seated no one could see the spandex, so we could relax! The crisp white tablecloths and elegantly decorated tables combined with the cosy lighting was welcoming.
What I particularly like about Mondo, is that the restaurant unashamedly promotes itself on using fresh produce, supplied by local growers where possible. The menu is also very unique in that a real effort is undertaken to delineate which dishes are dairy free; wheat free; gluten free; and vegetarian. I have to say this level of detail is almost unheard of when dining in Brisbane!
Plus the menu offers breakfast cocktails (available after 10am) including expresso martini and earl grey martini. Naturally it would have been highly irresponsible of me to try one, given that I was about to exercise, but there is always next time! The sweet potato and white bean cakes, grilled chorizo, kale, poached egg and tomato sugo (especially) was delicious and very filling, perhaps better eaten after exercising as opposed to beforehand - however, it did set me up for the day!
Table service was wonderful - plus the staff were attentive and friendly, regularly topping up our water
The meals are slightly on the expensive side - with brunch meals ranging from $11 - 19 - the main dinner meals range from $28-$36! But at least the servings for brunch were large.
As you would expect in a posh surrounding, the restaurant was very clean.
TOTAL SCORE: 44/50 or 88%
Some other exciting news! Gluten and Dairy-free Cooking Class at Mondo Organics Cooking School
Cost: $110 Date: 10am - 1pm, 25 August 2012
Chef Brenda Fawdon and Nutritionist Rhiannon Mack impart practical solutions and recommend natural alternatives, beyond the supermarket shelves. Discover new flavours, ingredients and food combinations that will inspire you to whip up a gourmet feast you can actually eat!