Mordeo Bistro and Bar, Sydney CBD

The Deutsche Bank building is one of the most striking office blocks in the city, with the glass elevators shooting up the interior of the heavy glassed walls, reminiscent of those found in the chocolate factory of Roald Dahl’s imagination. The food court located within is a cool haven from the bustling streets, a huge, airy space dominated by long, rectangular water features. I had first eaten at Mordeo Bistro and Bar during a work lunch and was so pleased with my meal, I dragged my boyfriend along at the next possible opportunity. I was fascinated by the jamon and pineapple cocktail (I’m a sucker for unusual combinations) and that impression was not lessened on the drink’s arrival.

Jamon & Chargrilled Pineapple Sazerac - Jamon Prosciutto & Pedro Ximenez Butter infused Hennessey V.S.O.P. Cognac, chargrilled pineapple syrup & a dash of bitters served with a Jamon & Sage Sugar Crisp

Jamon & Chargrilled Pineapple Sazerac – Jamon Prosciutto & Pedro Ximenez Butter infused Hennessey V.S.O.P. Cognac, chargrilled pineapple syrup & a dash of bitters served with a Jamon & Sage Sugar Crisp

I wasn’t entirely sure how to drink this and ended up dipping the crisp, sugar-coated mini-rashers of prosciutto in the liquid before popping them into my mouth. The salty prosciutto, combined with the sweet sugar crystals and the smooth, rich cognac made for an intriguing taste sensation. You could definitely taste the buttery undertones in the cognac, however I wasn’t able to detect any hint of pineapple, which would have really lifted the cocktail.

We ordered a few tapas to begin with, and they arrived all together on wooden boards. My pick of these was the caramelised lamb ribs, which were incredibly tender, sweet, and full of flavour.

Caramelised lamb ribs

Caramelised lamb ribs

I also enjoyed the bocadillos – mini burgers with chorizo and peppers. The light heat of the spiced chorizo went well with the sweet capsicum and crunchy bread. The lone jalapeno did deliver a surprise chilli kick once I got to the end of the burger though!

Bocadillos with grilled chorizo and charred piquillo served in a mini bun

Bocadillos with grilled chorizo and charred piquillo served in a mini bun

Unfortunately, the salmon croquettes were somewhat bland, with most of the tast coming from the mayonnaise and the black salt flakes. While the scallops were nicely browned and had lovely flavours, they were slightly under-cooked and chewy.

(L-R) Atlantic salmon croquettes with saffron mayonnaise, Seared scallops with pedro ximenez

(L-R) Atlantic salmon croquettes with saffron mayonnaise, Seared scallops with pedro ximenez

We shared the gamberi pizza for our main course and I was disappointed with the prawns, which seemed to be overcooked. However, I had no complaints about the rest of the pizza.

Gamberi - tomato, fior di latte mozarella, prawns, chilli and basil

Gamberi – tomato, fior di latte mozarella, prawns, chilli and basil

I have to admit, Mordeo’s dessert menu was one of the reasons I was keen to return. Every item sounded delicious, but as my boyfriend is not really into sweets, we only ordered one – the churros. I loved the thick stripe of dulce de leche piped over the cinnamon sugar-coated churros, which were crisp and fluffy. The orange chocolate sauce was quite thin; I would have preferred it to have a thicker, more ganache-like texture.

Churros, dulce de leche with an orange ganache

Churros, dulce de leche with an orange ganache

TL;DR:

  • Overall, I was pretty happy with our meal at Mordeo. Some dishes were not as tasty as I’d hoped, but there were enough good signs to warrant a return visit.
  • Service was generally friendly, although attentiveness did wane over the course of the meal.

Mordeo Bistro and Bar
126 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
T: (02) 9232 1306
W: Mordeo

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