Restaurant Review: Mondo | New Orleans

Chef Susan Spicer is a proud Lakeview resident, so its no wonder she decided to open a couple of restaurants there. Mondo happens to be one of them. Per their website - Spicer’s experience and history includes being the chef of other NOLA favorites like Savoir Faire and the Bistro at Maison deVille as well as chef and co-owner with Regina Keever of Bayona in the French Quarter. She was a founding partner and chef of Herbsaint Restaurant with former Bayona sous chef Donald Link. Susan has made many guest appearances around the world. She has studied other cultures and foods and has brought that knowledge and experience into the kitchen of Mondo.

Now for my experience….yummy!

We sat in the bar and Jonas took great care of us! He was personable, professional and made great recommendations - like this Fried Halloumi and Roasted Vegetable! Its on a bed on tomatoes, so beware if tomatoes aren’t your thing - but this was a super tasty starter!

 Fried Halloumi and Roasted Vegetable at Mondo New Orleans

Fried Halloumi and Roasted Vegetable at Mondo New Orleans

 Fried Halloumi and Roasted Vegetable at Mondo New Orleans

Fried Halloumi and Roasted Vegetable at Mondo New Orleans

On my first visit to Mondo, I tried a special for my starter and it was a savory grits and charred greens I believe. That was really good also!

 D’Anjou Pear, Teleme, Goat Cheese, and Arugula pizza at Mondo Restaurant New Orleans

D’Anjou Pear, Teleme, Goat Cheese, and Arugula pizza at Mondo Restaurant New Orleans

 D’Anjou Pear, Teleme, Goat Cheese, and Arugula pizza at Mondo Restaurant Lakeview NOLA

D’Anjou Pear, Teleme, Goat Cheese, and Arugula pizza at Mondo Restaurant Lakeview NOLA

For my main course, per Jonas’ recommendation, I went for the D’Anjou Pear, Teleme, Goat Cheese, and Arugula pizza. It typically comes with Prosciutto - but I nixed that. It was so good! It was pleasantly sweet and savory at the same time, but neither overpowering the other. A perfect balance and complement to each other.

None of the dessert options sounded appealing, so I skipped it. (Such a tragedy I know) Overall, a great neighborhood dining experience with yummy and diverse fare options. You can find something to satisfy any palette on this menu and they have daily specials that don’t disappoint.

If you’re already a fan of Mondo, check out Susan Spicer’s Rosedale, her newest restaurant, not far from Mondo. She is also excited to announce that Mondo will join other great New Orleans restaurants in the new terminals at Louis Armstrong International Airport, due to open in fall of 2018.