142 Bridge Road
Richmond Vic 3121
Phone: (03) 9078 0113
Mister Jennings has been on my “to hit” list for ages and when’s a better occasion than your truly’s belated birthday celebration? I must say, MJ picked a rather interesting location to set up shop, Bridge Road in Richmond has long been considered one of the “dead ends” and gets really quiet at night. But chef and owner, Ryan Flaherty, has nothing to fear with an impressive CV ~ having worked at The Fat Duck in the UK; El Bulli and the Arzak laboratory in Spain and most recently with Scott Pickett at Estelle in Northcote, Melbourne. I absolutely loved and enjoyed my experience at Estelle, so finding time to meet MJ is a must. 🙂
Interior was really simple, minimalist; started the night with a yummy glass of Zweigelt/Blend ‘Pitti’ from Austria, while waiting for our table to be set. Wait staff was very friendly and knowledgeable; one of them is also a food blogger! Kinda awesome to be loving your job I would say.
Finally, got my hands on this legendary dish (I have been dreaming about this for a very long time!): thinly sliced frozen kangaroo + wasabi + nashi. Orgasmic much and didn’t disappoint at all! A tango of various ingredients – textures changed as you chewed, oh heaven! No other restaurants in Melbourne has experimented with something so different to date.
First main of the night: duck + cherries + parsnip. Another outstanding dish! Duck was pink, tender and juicy, interesting addition of cherries for their tartness, looking like a plate of wonders straight from the forest, don’t you think so? How whimsical was the presentation!
Sirloin + pan juices + chips. Pink and succulent on its own; medium rare just the way I like! Would be perfect if there’s black pepper or mushroom sauce. Mustard served was kinda underwhelming, sadly. Fries were crispy and not too salty.
For those who have a sweet tooth, you’re in for a treat at MJ: chocolate + cardamon + crunch. Pretty standard, not blown away but having hot chocolate drizzled in front of you was still fun nonetheless!
Birthday girl’s tummy was definitely satisfied and pleased with her choice! Two thumbs up! Return? Why not? 😛