On the hunt for a restaurant in the CBD that was chilled out and had a good vibe for a Wednesday night, our usual Wednesday night sissy date brought us to the recently opened (earlier this year) Magic Mountain Saloon. I arrived shortly after 6, thinking the place would be empty, but to my surprise, we had to wait for a table.
ATMOSPHERE & SERVICE
After a short wait, there was a table ready for us on the 3rd floor of the restaurant. The main floor is where the main bar is located, as well as a hand full of tables and bench seating. The second floor was rather small with maybe 5 tables and a DJ booth mixing 7 days a week. Making our way up to the 3rd floor, this was a much bigger space with a second large bar, and a few separate dining areas. The space is fit out with electric neon-lighting to welcome you as you walk in, which follows through with neon features above the bar. Wall to wall funky wall paper fills the space to create a retro style space and a brick feature wall for a bit of contrast.
The service throughout the night was friendly and attentive. Our waiter had explained how the menu worked and gave us amazing recommendations on what to order and let us know if you were ordering enough food to share. He made sure there was always a drink in our hand and thoroughly enjoying everything we ordered.
Everything on the menu looked amazing, which made the decision very difficult. With a menu consisting of Thai and Australian inspired foods, we needed to get some recommendations from our waiter on what to order. We wanted to make sure we weren’t over ordering with all the amazing dishes, but still getting a good variety of what they had to offer.
We started with the ‘Potted Duck’, served with spiced pineapple, relish & sweet onion roti. This was by far my favourite dish of the night. The roti was amazing and brought out the sweet flavours from the duck. The pineapple had a slight spice to it, which accompanied the duck beautifully.
Next out was the ‘Chicken Wings’, which were marinated and cooked in a BBQ soy & coriander sauce. These were over sized wings, which were deboned and placed on skewers to make it easier to eat.
Our main consisted of ‘Beef Basil Cheeks’, served with green beans and radicchio. A side of ‘Fried Smashed Potatoes’ served with hot sauce was also ordered. The beef cheeks are exactly what you would expect, fall apart amazing meat, served with a beautiful selection of greens. The potatoes must have been triple deep fried as they were beyond crunchy!
Open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant is always full of Melbournians looking for a good meal, funky atmosphere and relaxed service. With the brains from the popular likes of Cookie & Boney, it’s no wonder they have perfected the menu.
I quite enjoyed our night at Magic Mountain Saloon and will definitely be back with a larger group and try more of the menu!