Spoilt. That’s how I feel after dinner at Monopole Restaurant last night. Had an absolutely terrific time, and seriously loved the meal. Service was fantastic and the food was full of variation and surprises.
Some time back I had read some negative reviews for Monopole about small portions and poor value, but both me and the sous chef couldn’t have been more delighted with the evening we had.
The great thing about sitting at the bar of course is that you have ring side seats to the action. I also had a night off from ordering leaving all choices in the capable hands of my dining companion.
We’ve previously tried the Charcuterie Plate and though some might think it’s pricey ($26) it is generous and the pork is of the most incredible quality. We’re skipping it this evening for other things but it’s certainly a popular choice in the restaurant this evening.
To compliment our champagne we’ve ordered some beautiful Coffin Bay Oysters ($4) which are like a pre-dinner ocean swim.
To follow up we are having House Cured Beef Pastrami, Spelt Crouton & Goats Curd & Pickle ($8 each). Unexpectedly this is the wow dish of the evening. Imagine the most incredible reuben sandwich you’ve ever had with the bread paired back so you can appreciated the delectable tender beef.
I had been watching the gorgeous pillows of salmon being prepped all evening so am pleased when our serving of Confit Salmon with Pomegranate and Baba Ganoush ($20). Either I’m hungry or this is one of the best confits I’ve ever had. Melt in the mouth deliciousness.
Another dish that is hard to miss sailing out of the kitchen this evening is the Glazed Pork Neck, Savoy Cabbage & Mustard Seeds ($27). The pork is beautifully tender and flavoursome as you would expect from a Bangalow piggy. The mustard has the right amount of kick and the serving is generous for this rich course.
So do we still have room for dessert? Hella yes. Though it’s a tug-of-war between the beautiful sounding Vanilla Cheese Mousse, Brown Butter Crumbs, Rhubarb & Lemonade ($14) and the Chocolate & Rum Ganache, Passionfruit & Banana Sorbet & Peanut Praline ($14). Chocolate is triumphant on this occasion and it doesn’t disappoint.
So I’m not gonna lie, Monopole is not a bargain but it is an absolutely, beautifully executed night out. We couldn’t be more chuffed at this amazing meal.
71a Macleay Street, Potts Point | +61 2 9360 4410