Money Order Office recently renovated their tucked away den-like restaurant and have received rave reviews. You head down an alleyway off Little Bourke St, walk down some ominous looking stairs and push past a very heavy door to reach M.O.O. - a dimly lit restaurant with a jazz band in the corner (Friday afternoons only). Seated in a cosy booth, we took in the atmosphere of the restaurant, which was a touch too noisy due to the jazz band but had an old-school charm with it's leather seats and couches.
We started off with the Duck Croquettes which were delectably tasty and creamy.
I can't exactly remember any other component in this dish except for Spanner Crab but we all thought it was delicious.
The heirloom tomatoes were delightfully sweet while the tang of the apple cider vinaigrette and creamy salty goats curd balanced out the flavours. A nice fresh salad.
This dish would be perfect in winter as it was very comforting with the soft sweet pumpkin which went well with the goats cheese and pomegranate.
I do not particularly like braised meats but with the grilled field mushroom and smothering of melted cheese, this dish was decent. We found the flavours become quite heavy towards the end and there was no element on the dish to lift it up.
The girls & I were chatting/gossiping so much that by the time we decided to tuck in, the cider foam had dissipated to liquid. Regardless, the pork belly dish was okay, nothing that was spectacular. The skin was crispy and the meat was quite tender but lacked flavour.
Overall, we enjoyed our dinner at Money Order Office although the service completely disappeared by the time we had nearly finished our meal. It took almost 15 mins from asking for the bill and receiving it even though it was not too busy at that point.
Will I return? Yes, the atmosphere of the restaurant was different and I liked the food. They also have happy hour which is always a bonus.
Money Order Office
2 Driver Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9639 3020