From Bratislava, Prague, Košice and now Dubai, Mondoux set its foot last year in this friendly waterfront residential neighborhood. The new lifestyle bistro-café concept is now in full swing to delight your gluttonous taste buds with tasty foods and refreshing homemade drinks sourced from refined ingredients.
<Orange & Carrot Soup>
It is so refreshing to have this combination and it did not disappoint. Its consistency was semi-thick and creamy and had such a delicious tangy palate from the citrus element and is served with some warm fined cut crispy toast. A good way to start for a pleasant meal!
<Spicy Prawn Toast>
A large piece of sourdough is slathered with avocado and hummus mash and topped with five meaty prawns in a not so spicy yet rather sweet sauce. Quite tasty and filling that comes in a generous serving, but the heat of the spice could be ramped up a notch for our taste.
The quesadillas was brought to our table by surprise when Lauro took the liberty to order one of the best seller dishes from the menu for us to sample. This dish hits the comfort food mark on the bullseye! Four large triangles of perfectly toasted quesadillas were stuffed with cheesy grilled vegetables and aromatic mushrooms, served on the side with the ubiquitous sour cream, tomato salsa and avocado mash and is a winning combination.
Despite the salad was overly tossed with the dressing and became quite soggy upon arrival, it was topped with a generous portion of juicy, tasty and meaty grilled chicken breast as well as well sliced chunky avocado. It needs to be eaten as soon as it arrives, as the salad will even ‘collapse’ further due to the heat and weight of the chicken and avocado. An “on point” salad that is definitely worth ordering!
The risotto is drizzled with truffle oil and punctuated with parmesan crisps. It may not be as aromatic as it should for the nose palate from its presentation but the mushrooms were extremely tasty and redolent of the forest floor. While the risotto was overcooked and had lost the rice grain texture for a small let down, the dish overall is quite recommended.
Tasty yet lacking of the kick from the chili may not justify what the name suggests. We began to wonder how much of the spicy level that the local can really accommodate as this is more than just mild. While the portion was quite good, the mussels were overcooked and the sauce was light and watery which obviously diluted the flavour.
As though Lauro did read our mind, without us telling him that we were going to order this dish and he once again delighted us by another surprise to bring us this dish while we were still trying to enjoy our last few spoons of the risotto. The chicken breast is served on a bed of quinoa and a separate mini saucepan is presented with the yummy chicken jus reduction. The flavour was unquestionable but the meat had been overcooked and dry. Dipping the sliced cut chicken breast into the reduction jus is recommended to enjoy each morsel and not to pour it over to swamp the quinoa.
Juicy, tender meat slices are served with a chimichurri sauce along with blanched baby carrots and potato puree. The meat needed a little seasoning to elevate the flavor while the accompanying potato puree was also underwhelming, not pleasing by its less than creamy silky texture but rather chunky bite for that rustic palate.
There is always that conundrum of whether to share one dessert or order one each, but we opted for a sampling of three (1+2 to be précise), just to see the range of textures and flavours. While the name Lotus madness sounds exciting enough for dessert per se to catch your attention, finally the decision was made. This lotus concoction was a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream sat on some industrial production of speculoos Belgium made Lotus biscuits and a Lotus spread topping the ice cream. A pleasant cinnamon hint on the palate but not exactly what we expected by using the word “Lotus” for natural ingredients to be used instead.
<Dark & White Chocolates with Fresh Forest Fruits>
The plus 2 “desserts” are more like a post dinner heavy concentrated beverages or can also be enjoyed as its own in Mondoux for a cuppa. Two full pages dedicated on the menu offering a wide selection of special coffees and milk, white or dark chocolates combination with additional add-on of other toppings such as fresh fruits, wild forest berries, assorted nuts and more as further enhancements. We opted for the Dark & White Chocolate with Fresh Forest Fruits which did not disappoint, rich in texture and warm on the palate and not as heavy as expected by making extra room for it after some pretty heavy courses earlier on. This is a simple dessert yet sweetly delicious and mixed well to excel, especially when premium chocolate is used, if warm chocolate is your “cup of chocolate”, this would be the perfect cuppa to linger in your mouth and sweet dreams are made of this.
<Espresso with Chocolate & Fresh Roasted Nuts>
A well balanced bitter-sweet flavour on the palate derived from the combination of both aromatic and luscious espresso and hazelnuts. A generous handful of hazelnuts floating and bouncing graciously on top of the glass with coated chocolate on the side that is reminiscent of an elegant tulip. A yin and yang dessert that is for serious coffee lovers who have a sweet tooth!
Design & Decor: 4/5
Food & Beverage: 4/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
Building 1 South Promenande
Ras Al Khor
Dubai Creek Haorbour
Tel: +971 4 584 5177
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