Following from our review of Iceberg last week, we go now to a distinctly different and almost as famous eatery nestled on Bondi Beach. When you’re not looking for a big meal and just a couple of relaxed wines and drinks with friends or love ones, then consider this cosy watering hole.
Mojos is seated in the southern end of Bondi, overlooking the beach and the waters from across the street. But unlike the Icerberg which relies on painfully stunning views, the atmosphere emanates more from within from the warm arabesque lighting to the Iberian couches and cushions. The bar seems cosy but seats 100, and food ranges no more than $15 per plate, which means a modest budget of what should be no more than $40-$50 per person (assuming 2 plates and a few glasses of wine). There are no real signature items, but all the tapas plates are more than up to standards and the house sangria is always good for a swill.
The atmosphere is excellent as stated, and the staff and patrons are all respectably fun and hip enough. However the service may leave a bit to be desired. Mixed up orders, delayed service, overcharging for plates which were promised free, all seem to be staples of a dining experience at Mojo’s. Part of the reason may be that like Iceberg’s; the locale is popular enough so that not every patron is so respected, which leads to an overall indifference (contrasted with the arrogance of the Icerberg wait staff).
Another sticking point against Mojo’s seemed to be a management change earlier this year which lead to vastly decreased portions. Though I was not personally able to experience this, it does mean that you’re spending more money. Thus unless you are obsessed with the Bondi life, it’s not the best value for money as far as tapas go.
But still, it’s the premium you pay for Bondi!