118 Elgin Street
Ph: (03) 9349 5008
We took my parents to Muttis a couple of weeks ago to celebrate my Dad's birthday and welcome them both back from Japan. They'd never been to Muttis before, and we thought they'd appreciate a tasty, hearty meal. I absolutely adore Muttis, and I think they've gotten even better since my last visits! They're certainly busier than I previously observed - on the Friday night we visited the dining room was pleasantly full and with a buzzing atmosphere. Yay!
We started with some beer, glühwein and pretzels. (Being aware of the big portion sizes, I steered my parents away from ordering any entrees). The pretzels were warmed and crispy - yum yum.
|Schöfferhofer 300ml - $6.50; Gluhwein - $6.50|
|Pretzle - $4 each|
Muttis does great spaetzle, and these little twirls of doughy goodness were swathed in a creamy veal mushroom sauce. (Again, something else I need to learn how to make! I can already make schupfnudeln, so spaetzle shouldn't be too hard, right?)
|Hungarian Veal Paprika – Slow braised, milk fed Veal, served with buttered Spätzle, forest mushrooms, broccoli and baby spinach - $27|
|Slow cooked baby Pumpkin, served with lemon polenta, roasted baby tomatoes, Paradeiser sauce, salted pumpkin seeds and finished with Austrian cold pressed pumpkin seed oil - $25|
It was delicious, but very filling - she only managed to eat about half.
And now - ta-dah! - I present to you the fabulous pork hock that my dad and I shared.
|Crispy roasted free range Pork Hock, speck fried cabbage salad, Bratkartoffeln, mustard, horseradish and a caraway seed & dark beer jus (serves two) - $27 per person|
The pork was perfectly done: juicy and tender flesh surrounded by crispy, crispy crackling. (It totally puts my PORKTOBERFEST pork hock to shame.) I really need to get Chef Thomas to teach me his recipe!
Apart from the sauces and condiments, the hock came with bratkartoffeln and a cabbage salad.
|speck-fried cabbage salad|
|Plate of perfection|
|Red wine braised cabbage - $8|
The super-nice manager Ulrich happened to recognise me from my previous reviews, and came over to our table to say hi and have a chat. Chef Thomas also came out to say hi, and shared a raspberry schnapps with my dad for his birthday. Prost!
We weren't intending to order dessert at all, but when Ulrich came to our table with three desserts for us to share (his shout!), well, we couldn't say no! (Not that he would have had to twist my arm, hehehe).
|Muttis Apple Strudel - served with crème chantilly - $12|
|Sweet Pretzle served with Chantilly Cream & blueberry jam - $12|
|Eis Palatschinken - thin crepes served with a dark beer & chocolate sauce, vanilla bean ice cream and roasted almonds - $12|
My dad loved the dinner - success! I'm definitely looking forward to going back soon. They're coming up with a new winter menu at the moment, which I'm sure will be great. We saw a few tables having the special that will be on the new menu: a choucroute-style dish with sauerkraut, sausages, kassler, potatoes and more, served on a big platter.
I really think Muttis is a hugely underrated restaurant: the food is fabulous, hearty and well priced, and the service is great (even before Ulrich introduced himself). Our waitress was really nice and very efficient, and we were never left searching for help - she was topping up waters, re-taking our drinks orders and clearing our plates before we even had to ask.
And a big thank-you to Ulrich and Thomas for the schnapps and desserts!
You can read about my previous visits to Muttis here and here.