When it comes to Mediterranean food, we don’t play favourites. We love Italian food as much as we love Greek, and Spanish food is also one of our great loves. Don’t even get us started on the wine.
Enter Mordeo in Sydney’s CBD. These guys don’t limit themselves to one Mediterranean country, which means you can start with antipasti, eat a big ol’ bowl of pasta for main, and cap it all off with a mountain of loukoumades. Naturally we felt right at home here.
Straight up, our favourite thing about this place is that wine is served on tap. For obvious reasons, we’re all over this one because we’re not just talking about a mystery house white. Oh no, no dear friends, we’re talking about eight tipples from the Printhie vineyard in Orange, with an even split of white and red. No doubt, it’s better for the environment, but we’re equally excited about choosing from top-notch, fresh AF drops because it’s coming straight from the keg.
We’ve also taken it upon ourselves to try every dish on the menu (near enough), so here’s a rundown of everything we ordered—and exactly what you should order too. Our suggestion is to bring a crowd and go sharesies, because no one has the time for food envy.
We kicked off the feast with steak tartare, made with pasture-fed eye fillet, organic egg yolk and crispy toasted miche, and a charcuterie board piled high with a selection of Spanish, French, and Italian cured meats, Sardinian pecorino, fruit relish and chewy sourdough. We’re suckers for a classic, which is why the pork and fennel sausage ragu, in a rich tomato, white wine and hot chilli sauce, was calling our name. Pair it with the beef short rib (we’re hungry people, okay), roasted for 12 hours in their wood fire oven and you’ll quickly question your decision to share with the table.
Dessert is a similar scenario, and by that, we mean the menu is filled with classics, so obviously we tried one of everything. Our hot tip is to order an affogato, followed by the loukoumades, drenched in sweet honey cinnamon syrup, and finished with an impressive scoop of hazelnut gelato on top.
If you agree that Mediterranean feasts are life, then head here, order one of everything and make it your personal mission to try every wine on tap—we dare you.
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Image credit: Mordeo