Visited on the 15th of March 2014.
Philsosophyy dined as a guest of Mr. Moustache.
Mr. Moustache was first brought to my attention when another Sydney sider @tessaus mentioned that this restaurant managed to recreate the atmosphere and flavours of Mexico within their establishment. Although the menu and space looked intriguing, I must confess that I did have a degree of reluctance to travel to Bondi Beach (I be lazy)!
The drinks menu at Mr. Moustache was rather extensive and the menu of course comprises of Mexican dishes from your traditional tacos & guacamole to delicious caramelised bananas.
The presentation of the guacamole was really good with an abundance of colour on the plate. The corn chips were good, the guacamole was seasoned very nicely and the beetroot chips were delicious. Even if you don’t like beetroot, I would recommend trying the beetroot chips, they were done really well! Thumbs up on the guacamole – I recommend ordering it :).
The assorted colourful vegetables made this dish visually appealing. The Chamoy sauce reminded me umeboshi (a Japanese salt plum) and was very tart and a little spicy in flavour. I found the sauce to be quite potent and overly sour. The vegetables were fresh but I guess the sauce just wasn’t my kind of thing.
I forget the name of this but we called it ‘Mexican Soda’ on the day. When I return i’ll update the name and price for you :). It had a really good flavour and was much lighter than your average conventional soft drink.
Another neatly presented dish came out along with a side of crackers to go along with it. The flavours were simple and didn’t completely overpower the scallop sashimi which was good. Punchy, acidic and a little spicy, this made for a decent starter dish.
The description pretty much says it all but I’ll add to it by saying I liked the presentation and that this dish was yummy! Vegetarian and gluten free as well :).
Here we are with one of the MUST orders from my Mr. Moustache afternoon. Sure we’ve all had corn-on-the-cob before (and even corn off the cob) but my gosh. The mayo, chilli powder and fresco cheese (oh man, dat cheese!) made a heavenly combination. Fresco cheese is a Mexican cheese and is quite milky in texture which went hand in hand with the mayo. I shotted the remainder of the sauce after eating all the corn (not even going to lie!).
In case a little more acidity is your prerogative, this dish is also served with a little wedge of lime :).
The lamb burger was flavourful not overly spicy (surprising to me given the chipotle and jalapenos). You already know how I feel about their beetroot chips (awesome) so I won’t go into them again. Share this between two people at the most or have one each as it’s quite difficult to cut through!
The tuna tostaditas were light and fresh. If you’re looking for a lighter option and wanted to try the tostaditas, this was my favourite of the two seafood variations :).
The prawn tostaditas weren’t as good as the tuna tostaditas in my books but they were still decent.
A few of my fellow diners said these were quite spicy but found salvation & balance through the sour cream. I personally didn’t find these spicy but the flavours were there. The duck tostaditas were yummy in my books and quite addictive! These were definitely something I could imagine snacking on over a few drinks.
Photo doesn’t do this justice & I won’t go into too much detail but these meatballs were pretty tasty.
Who goes to a Mexican restaurant and doesn’t order a taco? No friend of mine (foodie friends, this is your warning =p). The pickled & fresh cabbage balanced the richness from the chipotle mayo and fried fish which gave the fish taco a much lighter overall feel. The colours were vibrant and the flavours were there; overall this was a pretty delish taco.
#datcheese. The beef pieces were succulent and tender and the overall taco had a good flavour. The gringo taco was delicious with or without the tatemada sauce but the sauce did add another dimension to the dish so I do recommend trying it with the taco :).
Granted, this wasn’t the most visually appealing dessert on the menu but believe me when I say it was delicious! The banana still had a little bite and it paired so nicely with the coffee liquor and cold ice cream. I’m going to go back and eat this again, no question about it!
The brownie was definitely a crowd pleaser (and I can understand why) but my preference still goes towards the banana dessert :).
This dessert was really interesting! This was the first guava dessert I had ever consumed and I’m happy to say it was a good experience! The brulee cracked open nicely and although it was a little on the sweet side, the overall dessert was yummy!
Atmosphere: The décor was clean & modern and the setting was pleasant. Keep in mind the venue was quite small (approx max capacity of 45), but I imagine that this venue could cater to most party sizes.
Service: The wait staff were well informed and had a great knowledge of the bar and food menu. I found the service to be friendly and attentive overall.
Final Thoughts: I would love to say this restaurant tastes and feels like Mexico but I’m yet to experience Mexico for myself. What I can say is that the food was presented very nicely, tasted delicious and the service was good!
I didn’t leave the venue feeling sluggish and the food wasn’t heavy (even though I consumed a lot of it!). If you’re looking to try Mr. Moustache, the restaurant has earned my recommendation and I can’t wait to return!
I hear they have some crazy drinks available at the bar too :).
69-71 Hall St
Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Phone: (02) 9300 8892