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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Mohr and Mohr, Surry Hills

EDIT: Mohr and Mohr has now closed.

On the Mohr and Mohr website, Hans Mohr is declared "iron chef of home-style German, Scandinavian and French".

There was no sign of Chairman Kaga when we made a visit, but should Mohr ever appear on a rising platform in Kitchen Stadium, it might just be a sardine or duck liver he'd be holding aloft.

Cured West Australian Sardines
Cured West Australian sardines $14.50
Served with apple, pickled cucumber and onion cream


A happy bunch of foodies assembled here recently one balmy eve. Between seventeen of us (indeed!) we almost managed to order the entire menu, which meant me scrambling on my feet to take photos, and you sitting back to enjoy the feast.

Our entrees arrived with minimal fuss and maximum speed (maybe he has been practising at Kitchen Stadium). The gravalax was firm, fresh and tasty; the tomato salad simple but vibrant. My favourite dishes of the night were the duck terrine--a thick slab of gamey flavours studded with fluoro pistachio--and the cured West Australian sardines which were salty yet sweet and surprisingly light.

mixed entree platter pistachio duck terrine

Mixed entree platter $25.00
Selection of gravalax, terrine, sardine, Parma ham, melon for sharing between two

Duck terrine $10.50
with caper berries and wardolf salad


The mixed entree platter offers everything good. Ribbons of prosciutto nestle with chunks of sweet melon, a pillow of smoked trout exhibits a pleasing spiciness, and eggplant and roasted peppers are smoky and delicious.

gravalax
Gravalax $14.50
With potato cakes and mustard dill dressing


Salad of tomato, rocket and goat fetta
Salad of tomato, rock and goat fetta $9.50
With basil and olive oil vinaigrette


We order almost everything off the mains menu (noone elects for the pork platter). There is some disappointment from the recipients of the cassoulet (too salty) and saute of mixed fish (too bland) but the dory with grapes is waxed lyrical with glee.

Dory with pine nuts, grapes and gratin potatoes
Dory with pine nuts, grapes and gratin potatoes $24.00

Scotch fillet steak
Scotch fillet $24.00
With Bearnaise sauce and chips


Cassoulet
Cassoulet $22.00
Duck, braised lamb in tomato and lima beans with sausages and kassler


Lamb shanks
Lamb shanks $23.00
With broad beans, mashed potato and baked pumpkin


Roast pork belly
Roast pork belly $22.00
With mashed potatoes, sauerkraut and glazed apple

I have the roast pork belly which was surprisingly meaty with earthshattering crackling. I also partake in the rudder fish which is a little spongier in texture than I'm expecting, but the mango salsa, although a little reliant on cucumber, is sweet and refreshing.

Rudder fish with mango salsa
Rudder fish with mango salsa $24.00
Mohr’s favourite


Saute of mixed fish
Saute of mixed fish $25.00
In saffron sauce with snow peas, cherry tomatoes and potatoes

Grilled salmon
Grilled salmon $24.00
With bokchoi, new potatoes and green peppercorn sauce


Sausages and mashed potato
Sausages with onion sauce and mash $18.00

 Chicken dumplings in spiced Oriental broth
Chicken dumplings in spiced Oriental broth $18.00

Desserts are a triumph with spoons divebombing everywhichway to guarantee a mouthful. The chocolate marquis is satisfyingly rich, and the cherry pancakes, dense with fruit, is apparently a German specialty.

Duo of white and dark chocolate marbled mousse
Duo of white and dark chocolate marbled mousse $11.50

Rhubarb and apple crumble
Rhubarb and apple crumble $11.50

Creme caramel with orange segments
Creme caramel with orange segments $10.50

Tiramisu with coffee anglaise
Tiramisu with coffee anglaise $11.50

Cherry pancake cream and ice cream
Cherry pancake cream and ice cream $11.50

Cherry pancake cream and ice cream
Chocolate marquis with hazelnut sauce $11.50

As a group dinner venue I couldn't have asked for much more. The space is simple and uncluttered, staff friendly and accommodating for a rambunctious crowd. Central location, mild on the pocket, and a diverse bistro menu with touches of magic.

Mohr and Mohr CLOSED
204 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 8399 0887

Lunch Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm
Brunch Sat-Sun 8.30am-3.30pm
Dinner Mon-Sun 6pm-10pm

BYO and licensed

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 2/14/2006 01:09:00 am


10 Comments:

  • At 2/15/2006 6:19 am, Blogger Catesa said…

    meals galore and fabulous photos to boot! i feel myself being pulled out of my choco coma... oh the lure of the yummy things lol have a good day :)

     
  • At 2/15/2006 7:08 am, Anonymous cherryripe said…

    May have to make a visit soon. Been wondering about the venue and the food for some time. Seem to always get tempted by Mr. Mohr's fish next door instead...

     
  • At 2/15/2006 12:27 pm, Blogger tytty said…

    i know what you mean, cherryripe ~~

    great effort on the photos, helen

     
  • At 2/15/2006 2:16 pm, Blogger Julia said…

    Another place I've been meaning to go to. Entrees look fantastic and the prices very reasonable.

    Love your reviews!

     
  • At 2/15/2006 3:36 pm, Blogger Chick Pea said…

    Yum!!! Thank you thank you thank you! Mohr Fish was one of my favourite places to eat. Great pics, brings back memories....sigh :)

     
  • At 2/15/2006 4:59 pm, Blogger J said…

    hi helen, looks like a beautiful meal...the cured sardines, especially, and terrine, have me feeling very peckish right now (and i just had lunch!)

     
  • At 2/16/2006 4:18 am, Blogger Rose said…

    wow nice pics, but I should not be viewing this when I have yet to eat lunch today. Baaaad idea :-)

     
  • At 2/16/2006 5:54 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Catesa - That's the great thing about dining in big groups--more pics and more tastings too (for research purposes!)

    Hi CherryRipe - I, on the other hand, must visit Mohr Fish--the menu looked great.

    Hi Tian - Cheers. And I didn't get poked with a fork once!

    Hi Julia - The prices are reasonable and it was so very mixed-dining-preferences-friendly. You'll have to check it out.

    Hi Chick Pea - Glad to be of service. Now, did you need me to scoff some lamingtons on your behalf as well? =)

    Hi J - What great taste you have! =) The terrine was divine. It was so very very good!

    Hi Rose - I know the feeling. Foodblog browsing is wraught with dangerous stomach grumbles...

     
  • At 3/28/2006 10:10 am, Blogger Melissa CookingDiva said…

    The photos are great!...delicious looking all of them :)
    Hugs,
    M

     
  • At 3/30/2006 8:57 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Melissa - Thanks. The food tasted as it looked too =)

     

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