Back to one of our favourite bars, but this time it’s primarily for a feed. Mjolner is hidden downstairs off the busy Cleveland St Surry Hills, the only thing that gives it away is the 18+ sign out front. Mjolner is a Viking themed bar and restaurant. When we say viking themed, it’s not a tacky themed restaurant. Mjolner has a raw sophisticated Viking thing going on, the venue arranged as though it has come out of a carnivore and whisky lover’s dream.
The restaurant walls are dorned with viking weaponry and relics. The bar displays numerous types of alcohol, mainly whisky. Mjolner also has some of the coolest drinking vessels you will see anywhere. They have a whisky decanter called Mjolner (Thors hammer) and you can enjoy a beer out of a horn. The cutlery is also awesome, choose your weapon/steak knife before the meal. With a range bespoke knives with ornate wood and bone handles presented in a leather knife roll.
Food wise the Mjolner menu is a great match to the what the space is about. The menu has plenty of rustic and hearty options to choose from and well geared for sharing or group dining.
As a starting point, the venison tartare, a nicely seasoned raw meat dish served with crisp bread or the grilled butterflied prawns are both great options.
For mains, there are a few different proteins options, all very viking like and great for sharing; the whole fish or rotisserie grain fed chicken or a 900g rib eye on the bone. The 900g rib eye is a substantial chunk of meat and a great option to share. They appear to use the reverse sear technique, starting it in the oven then finished over the flame grill. This piece of meat topped with rosted bone and a super tasty bone marrow sauce, certainly a great looking and tasty meal.
Mjolner is a good choice, especially if a good drinks list is high on your agenda. The food is also of a good standard although more suitable to group dining or those that have a big appetite. To top it off the place is just cool, who doesn’t want to drink from a horn or choose a bespoke knife for their meal.
267 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016