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Monopole Restaurant

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by Samantha Singer (subscribe)
A marketing coordinator that enjoys reviewing in her spare time. Living in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney - on the brink of something fabulous!
Published July 7th 2016
Keen to try Monopole for months (considering its rave reviews and SMH Hat Status), I was a little let down I must say!

Is the food good? Yes.
Does it have a nice ambiance? Yes.
Was the service good? Yes.

So what then? Well, I think a hatted restaurant should bring that little extra "something" - dishes that really blow you away or something just a bit special - Monopole doesn't quite do that.

The restaurant is darkly lit, which may make it a struggle for an older person to read the menu (we didn't have any issues though).

The one page menu is sorted with lighter dishes at the top, heavier dishes towards the bottom. We were suggested to order 5 dishes for the 2 of us. We ordered:

Cured Rangers Brisket; no flavour and a bit fatty - try a different cured meat as the others looked better (on the table next to us!)

House Cured Beef Pastrami Goats Curd Pickled Cucumber - it was their take on a "pastrami on rye" - I wasn't expecting the pastrami to be warm, which it was. It was lovely and soft on a rye cracker with a little bit of goats curd - a few bites each.
pastrami, monopole
pastrami

Kangaroo Tartare Jerusalem Artichoke Rhubarb Macadamia - this was my favourite dish. The tartare had a great flavour (not rhubarb though) and it was served with what seemed to be sweet potato crisps which complemented the texture perfectly.

Grilled Moreton Bay Bug Dill Chilli Oil Smoked Curd - three pieces of Bug, which was a decent serving, with them presented on rock salt. It was nice but nothing Wowing. I couldn't taste the chilli oil as the Dill was a bit strong.

Spanish Mackerel Savoy Cabbage Red Grapes - my partner's favourite dish and to be fair, it was quite nice. THe Mackerel was well done and there was a salty dust it was sitting on, which punched a great umami style flavour and complemented the sweetness of the grapes perfectly.
mackerel, fish, monopole
mackerel

Cocktails are circa $18 and wines circa $13 a glass.

A nice meal - better for an intimate group than a larger party.
We paid $120 including drinks.
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Why? Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Date
When: DINNER 7 NIGHTS. LUNCH SAT & SUN.
Phone: (02) 9360 4410
Where: 71A Macleay St Potts Point NSW 2011
Cost: $120 for two
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