Mono XO, Collingwood

MELBOURNE | When Mono XO opened in 2019, it was a different proposition than it is today. It was loud, there was neon, and the focus was on highballs and Japanese style skewers.

These days, the space is a lot more chill, and the food and drink menu of chef and co-owner Sam Stafford has evolved. It’s still a broadly Japanese influenced menu, but there’s more diversity. The same goes for the drinks – there’s still highballs, but they’re joined by other cocktails and some delicious biodynamic wines.

The skewer option when I visited, Kurobuta pork jowl with a sweet and sour ume sauce, was my highlight of the night. All of the textures and flavours, bang on. A close second was the tuna tartare with kohlrabi, and ginger shallot relish.

Other dishes I enjoyed were Sydney rock oysters with aged rice wine emulsion, raw kingfish with pomelo ponzu, and yuzu koshu cream, curried spanner crab and darphin potato, asparagus with brown butter soy and chicken skin, fragrant fried eggplant with green goddess. All great.

Highly recommended and also FYI, if you’re at nearby wine bar Glou, you can order and pay for a limited version of the Mono XO menu at the bar.

Mono XO

Rear, 191A Smith Street (Enter via Charles Street)
Victoria 3065

Telephone: 0401 170 520
E-mail: [email protected]

Tue – Sat: 4:00pm to 11:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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