The Mighty - Moonee Ponds

The Mighty - Moonee Ponds

The Mighty Moonee Ponds arecommitted to growing the craft community. So we're opening mighty places for people too.

We've taken over an iconic Moonee Ponds building and transformed it into The Mighty. A place where all of the community can to come together to experience the world of craft beverages and celebrate.

Be among the first to sample some of the finest the craft world has to offer.

Mighty Craft
We have the mightiest collection of craft. A range to satisfy every mood, occasion and experience. A unique taste of place. We've found and pulled together the craft gold; unique beer, spirits and ready to serve beverages created by current and future legends of the industry. The hidden gems, local legends, the real deals, the undiscovered and rising stars. We've curated the stuff the world is craving.

On Offer
Local chef Adrian Corigliano, formerly of The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston, is heading up the kitchen.

His approach for food for The Mighty is casual, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented'. With his precise cooking skills and appreciation for fine, high quality ingredients, he has incorporated an abundance of fresh, local produce to create a menu full of modern gastropub dishes.

Celebrations
If it is a casual dinner with your closest 20 friends, or a party with you loved ones, The Mighty can cater for any occasion. From semi-private dining room, open air terrace, atrium or cocktail bar, we have a space for you. Send us an enquiry and we will work with you to make your occasion special.

Open
Mon: Closed
Tue: Closed

Wed: 11am - 10pm
Thu: 11am - 10pm
Fri: 11am - 12am
Sat: 11am - 12am
Sun: 11am - 10pm

Review 2020


I think I've found the perfect modern pub. OK. There's no VB, TAB and trots on TV, and you won't stick to the carpet when you go to pee. So old-school pub purists may not agree with me.

But if what froths your frosty pot is great booze and food and spot-on service, all wrapped in a welcoming package that offers top value, then The Mighty might just be your perfect pub, too.

What once was a sports hotel on a prominent corner site on Mt Alexander Road has been artfully transformed into a light, bright and airy three-level space that includes a streetside veranda , casual bistro, bar and takeaway bottle shop and, in a few weeks' time, a Hemmingway in Havanachannelling cocktail bar and retractable-roofed terrace.

In time, there'll be room for 500; for now, it's QR-check in and sanitise on arrival and bookingsessential 100-minute slots for lunch and dinner across multiple sittings. This is the vertically integrated home of the independent brands that fall under The Mighty Craft umbrella.

Thus your negroni is made from barrel-aged Brogan's Way gin ($18) and a yuzu-flavoured

spritz is amped with Kangaroo Island spirit ($16). Sample flights

are on offer to sample the ranges ($18), with bottles available to grab a fave for home.

Beer flights, too, are available, with taps pouring lagers, sours and XPAs from Dromana's Jetty Road and Brisbane's Slipstream Brewing Co - but there's also Carlton Draught by the pot and pint for those who know what they like and are sticking with it, thanks very much.

And while the menu keeps pretty faithfully to the trad pub script it's conceived and executed by chef Adrian Corigliano, who spent five years working in Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck and Dinner kitchens.

The schnitzel is an absolute knockout; buttermilk tender and with perfect panko crumb crunch, it's as good a piece of chicken you'll eat in a pub. It comes with a bowl of fluffy-crisp rosemaryscented fries and a creamymustard dressed salad making it $25 very well spent.

The burger is everything you want when you want a burger: the patty is pink and juicy, wellseasoned with a caramelised crust, it's topped with melted smoked cheddar, thin slices of pickle and an onion jam for sweetness that plays with the bun's grill char smokiness ($21).

But for those who aren't just hooked on classics, the chef's highend smarts shine through such elegant plates as beetroot with ricotta, where roasted beets' sweetness is countered with slivers of pickled sharpness, a cloud of whipped ricotta tying the lot together ($14).

Today's barramundi was, simply, best in class and far superior to many I've eaten served from seafood-specialty kitchens.

With crisp skin hiding gelatinous, just-firm flesh, it's served with warrigal greens and crisp salt bush and a lemon myrtle butter that's lick the plate clean good. Faultless ($32).

The sharp, all Oz, Vic-focused wine list is filled with interesting varietals and producers at very fair mark-ups . Thanks to industry pro Dennis Ferreira, service is perfectly pitched: casual but switched on.

Dessert, too, is superb. A take on strawberries and cream, the fruit comes many ways - in sorbet, freshly sliced, compote and coulis form - on a custard tart with a cracklingly crisp pastry shell. Perfectly poised, it's a sweetsharp technically clever finale that belies its humble surrounds ($16). Even the coffee was spot on.

Open just a couple of weeks, The Mighty is already making its mark. It might not be traditional, but with a kitchen delivering punch-above-weight value, a focus on independent craft makers and staff who care, it's a vision of a modern suburban pub that looks mighty right to me.

This review by DAN STOCK is from the November 24, 2020 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition.
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❊ Where ❊

Moonee Ponds
Melbourne
Moonee Ponds

www.themightymoonee.com.au