"Whosover holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor", is the inscription carried by Thor's hammer, Mjolnir in the Marvel universe. I may never possess the power of the mighty Thor but I'm pretty sure I possess his mighty appetite! So I proclaimed myself worthy of a visit to the new Mjølner restaurant in Redfern.
This Nordic themed whisky bar and carvery restaurant as you can see is named after the hammer of the Norse God of Thunder Thor. Mr. Sven Almenning and the rest of the Speakeasy dining group has done a fantastic job. It does feel like a whole new world the moment you enter Mjolner's underground premises. The space has this really cool moody Scandinavian interior with Viking themed fittings and artifacts. The bar is pumping with whiskies and other booze. Mjolner or Mjolnir stands right at the edge of the bar. The man behind the menu (and you can see him looking after the carving station) is Head Chef Tom Gripton.
|Mead called Stone|
As we were seated at our table, they welcomed us with a traditional Viking toast and a complimentary serving of mead they call Stone. It's a sweet wine concoction with a spiced, fruity and honey flavour profile. Loved it!
There's a choice between 1 course ($35), 2 course ($55), 3 course ($70) or you can simply go al a carte. We opted for 2 course each, which means we get to choose 1 starter and 1 main each. You also get to choose your own Viking dagger to use for carving your main dish!
You need to order their roasted bone marrow ($20 al a carte)! Basically, it's a umami packed plate. Starts with that beautiful roasted marrow aroma. Then your palate gets hit with so much umami combos from the rich buttery marrow and the beef powder.
The cauliflower with burnt butter, pepitas and balsamic ($20 al a carte) was outstanding! Perfectly cooked roasted smoky cauliflower with a nutty caramelised, woody and slight acidic taste from the burnt butter, pepitas and balsamic sauce.
The bird ($35) is their roast duck with beetroot, amaranth and orange. The skin was so crisped and tasty that it almost seemed like it was fried. The sweetness from the beetroot, orange and bite of the amaranth complimented the succulent duck.
The Meat ($35) is a massive braised beef short rib with crispy kale and mushroom. There is one thing I've noticed to this point. Chef Tom's umami game in every dish is damn strong! He is an expert at it. The kale and mushrooms was packed with umami and especially the short rib. The rib was super tender, buttery and the caramelisation of rendered fat was so crisped and tasty. It was insanely the best short rib I've had to date.
All mains come with baby potatoes, horseradish and herbs.
The mascarpone parfait was simply divine. The combination of mascarpone and zesty charred lemons along with sweet hazelnuts worked well.
Mjølner is more than just an exhibition of Viking and Nordic themed dining. It's another Sydney restaurant that offers honest amazing food with generous servings and service that's as excellent as their food and drinks. Would I go back? I certainly would!
267 Cleveland Streer
Tuesday to Saturday 5pm to 11.45pm
Sunday 12pm to 10.00pm
Closed on Mondays