Mundo Café & Restaurant Review

Posted by Scott on February 23rd, 2011

Mundo Cafe & Restaurant

Rating: 4 paws out of 5
Spent:.  $30 per person
Chain: No.
Date Friendly: Yes for the vegetarian ones.
Note: Cash Only for tip.  Vegetarian and Carnivore Neutral Grounds.
3118 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 777-2829
www.mundoastoria.com

Astoria, what an interesting location, so close to the city with easy access from the N train, there is a small concentration of restaurants that sprung up offering interesting dishes.  Mundo is one of those interesting places that offer a neutral zone for meat eaters, vegetarians and some vegans.   Normally these places can come off way to eccentric, which in other words bad.  Hopefully, this ferret doesn’t get a mouthful of sod!

Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Interior is nicely decorated with interesting accents. It is cozy for a date or more intimate dinners.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Menus has a wide selection of items that a vegetarian, vegan or meat eaters can enjoy.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Red Sonja – are made from ground up red lentils and other spices.  The taste of these are very addicting and I can see why they consider this their signature dish.  Very tasty and appealing to all types of eaters.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Artichoke bottoms with potatoes and fava beans.  The artichokes were  soft along with the potatoes and fava beans.  This cold dish had tartness and the dill brought out a lot of the natural flavors of the vegetables.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Shrimp With large Couscous salad was a  special that they severed.  The shrimps were cooked just right and very tender.  The meat was very plump, the couscous was very good and had a good moist flavor to them.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Ottoman Dumplings with ground beef in a garlic yogurt sauce paprika and mint is another one of my favorites.  The flavor of these little things sure hit the spot.  In each of these is hidden a treasure of beef and seasoning.  The garlicky yogurt also matched perfectly with the dumplings and encouraged you to eat more.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Squid-Ink Tagliolini , shrimp, mussels, and squid rings with garlic sauce. All the seafood was cooked very well.  For this dish, in the beginning every tasted really good, but as you go through it, the squid ink sauce starts to over power everything.  Near the end of the dish, I was starting to get tired of the strong salty sea flavor.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Trout with Squid Ink with orza pasta was another special of the day.  The trout was cooked well and seasoned well.  The orzo unfortunately was a little bland and needed help from the squid pasta get some flavor.  The black ink sauce was a little too much and strong for this fish.  I would have placed the sauce under the fish and also used a lot less of the sauce.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Tres Leche was a special desert.  This one disappointed a little bit, it was not as good as the other normal deserts.  The cake portion just didn’t have enough of the leche in it.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Mundos’ Heavenly Dark Chocolate Souffle came nice and hot under the scoop of the rich vanilla ice cream.  This desert must be a crowd pleaser.  This dish will satisfy the sweet tooth in us all.  There’s nothing to not like of desert.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Ricotta Ice cream with honey and almonds is a very simple dish but good.  The ice cream is smooth and rich but not too sweet, the honey and caramelized almonds give this desert  little bits of sweetness and changes in the texture that fit just right.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant

Warm Semolina Helva is a very interesting dish.  There are many contrast in temperature, texture and sweetness.  The ice cream vs the shell, the crunchy vs smooth vs bread, the sweet vs the not so sweet.  This desert is bound to have something that is appealing to everybody.

Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Creme Brulee special was very good here, the shell was perfectly caramelized and not burnt at all.  Pure goodness in a dish.
Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
Cappuccino are smooth, they come in the proper temperature and have a strong foam structure.  A perfect way to end a meal.

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