Mondo says hello to the change in season | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Mondo says hello to the change in season

Summertime might the season of lighter fare like salads (yeah, right), seafood and cocktails (that’s more like it), but the summer months are coming to an end, so it’s time to say goodbye to all of that (maybe not the cocktails) and hello to winter comfort food. The cooler seasons have plenty to delight your senses and tickle your tastebuds, and where better to sample what they have to offer than at Mondo? The West End restaurant takes the crown as Australia’s first fully licensed organic restaurant and owners Brenda and Sonja are passionate about fresh, organic produce that they can utilise in irresistible seasonal menus. We live for the assumption that if food can be classed in any way as healthy, organic or raw, it means we can have more and Mondo has covered all the bases, from their breakfasts and share plates through to delectable dinners and tasting menus. A good breakfast is a must to get through any day and Mondo’s new autumn menu has the goods, starting with a breakfast burrito piled with avocado salsa and finishing with sourdough cacao doughnuts (two course breakfasts are a thing!). mondo organicsThe new season dinner menu is an equally tasty organic affair with culinary delights such as crispy pork belly with sweet carrots, pickled purple cabbage and crispy kale. Our vegetarian friends won’t miss out either, with a scrumptious polenta tart with mushrooms, crispy parsnip, chestnut and sorrel. But nothing beats dessert and we’re down for a melt in your mouth passionfruit brulee paired with crunchy and tangy lemon maple syrup crisp. If deciding on a dish from the new menu is just too loaded with FOMO there is another option. Try seven courses of new season flavours on the autumn tasting menu, which you can even pair with matched wine for an all out dinner extravaganza. Sample plates like sweet potato gnocchi dolloped with crème friache and the tender brisket with smoked cauliflower puree, confit beetroot and broccolini with Australian and New Zealand wines. Finish off with a creamy zabaglione with plums, almond cake, lashings of salted chocolate ganache and a sprinkle of candied beets and you’ll feel no regret that summer is past. You’ll find Mondo Organics at 166 Hardgrave Road in West End, with breakfast served up from 8.30am-11.30am on weekends, lunch from 12-3pm Friday to Sunday and dinner from 6pm-late Wednesday to Saturday. Words by Typhanie Vayro