Money Order Office

One of my friends describes Money Order Office – also known as Moo, as the type of institution where Patrick Bateman would conduct a meal.  Melbourne has no shortage of tapas-style restaurants at the moment, but none of them are in quite the same vein as Moo. Moo is located down an alleyway, down a flight of stairs which leads to a large, old style automatic door. The interior is intimate, underground and moody. It’s all very American Psycho-esque.

I told Joe to dress dapper and meet me on Bourke st -he had no idea where I was taking him. I grabbed his hand and quickly made way for Moo – it’s quite exciting leading an unknowingly soul into the beautiful atmosphere that this tucked away restaurant captures.

We decided upon the 6-course degustation which was then laid upon us in quick succession whilst we sat in our own private style booth , sipping delicious  red wine.

photoCA1YZKOGAged Serrano Jamon served with mixed pickles

photoCAAY9ELWWhite Fish Cerviche with avocado, shaved fennel and blood orange

photoCAOCF48TForeground: Twice cooked pork belly with jamon, savoy cabbage and cider apple foam Background: Heirloom tomatoes, goats curd, basil and apple cider vinaigrette

photoCAZCGQPFDuck Croquetas served with Celeriac puree

Each course was beautiful, flavourful and interesting. The pork belly was melt-in-the-mouth amazing and the cider foam penetrated the twice cooked pork perfectly. The croquetas were another star of the degustation which were small, crispy tasty morsels containing duck.

Money Order Office is a great place for an intimate dining experience and on Friday nights they have live Jazz. Despite mastering a moody, underground vibe – it is surprisingly unpretentious and service is friendly and very helpful when selecting wines.

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