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25-27 Orford Road
London, E17 9NL map
Tel 020 8509 1990 (new number)
Mothersí day lunch , a lovely , thoughtful set menu.
We come here regularly and Hugo and service are always fantastic....one bad meal in thirty years when regular chef was ill .
They made us a wonderful wedding lunch , three weeks ago...
All I would say is that bread and olives on the table would be nice ...and an extra veg. on the set menu ; other than that , always great , with a good , cheap , everyday lunch .
I was in Mondragone in orford road last saturday for
celebrating a birthday party. We enjoyed alot because everything was
very very good. The food was delicious and the service was very good as
well. The food was very good and affordable. The staff was very smilly
all the time and they served a lemoncello at the end of the beautiful
evening. All the staff participated with us when we brought the cake for
celebrating. Thank you sooo much to make a very nice evening memorable.
Hi my name is Roger and I totally disagree with you guys I was there last night and I hade a nice time the staff is all friendly at all time.
March 1st 2012
Although we appreciated we hadnít booked, but turned up at this restaurant at 8.30pm on a Saturday evening, we didnít get our starter until 10.15pm, after one and three quarter hours: we were not offered any sort of compensation either for our wait. Our main course was not complete either and had to ask to take what we didnít have off the bill at the end of the meal; we didnít feel we could ask for our missing dish at the time our main meal was served because we didnít get any waiting time at all from any of the staff: the ordering and the serving was very quick with minimal attention. None of the staff seemed to have any knowledge of their Italian menu either and couldnít explain it, and the food was very, very mediocre for the price. On the whole the evening was tremendously disappointing as we were recommended to use Walthamstow Village: after this experience I canít help but feel that the ĎVillageí experience is overrated.
20th February 2012
Just to say...............the owner is not shuffling bits of
paper adding up takings???!!!!!!! Ė he is merely doing the receipts
for when a customer requests it.....in other words if someone has two
starters Ė two mains and two desserts then obviously the owner has to
add up the prices to get to the final result!! Ė it really is stupid
what you have said....and obvious what the owner is doing....if you were
being a bit more nosey and kept watching you would have seen him/her
taking the bill to the table! winds me up people like you talking a load
of rubbish Ė but glad to see that you are now putting on peoples
comment re the Mondragone! Now lets see if you post this comment.....i
Takings would be added up out of sight of any customers which is after closing! common sense silly! Honestly!
20th February 2012
have been to this restaurant many times over the last 20 years (started
from when it was just an small interment Italian).
I just wanted to leave a review about the new Mondragone restaurant since it has reopened.
Saturday will be the 5th or 6th time we have been since its reopened and we love it. True the menu is pretty huge but thereís no rush to choose. I have been choosing from the right-hand side, the chicken, fish etc. I have had the chicken pretty much every time because itís so lovely. The chicken kiev is rolled chicken on the bone with some sort of glaze. Cut into the chicken and out oozes the hot lovely garlic, together with the little roastie potatoes and spinach, its divine.
The garlic bread starter with rosemary is amazing value at £2.50. You can see the dough being expertly tossed in the kitchen with fresh rosemary added at the end. Dip this in your partners minestrone soup, yum.
The tiramisu is big and silky and creamy and we have almost always had a complimentary limoncello at the end. The price for all this at around £50 is excellent value as we also have the 1L carafe of wine. We are going back again tomorrow and I canít wait!
We went to Mondragone again on Friday, had pasta starter & pizza main, both very nice, but the nice thing is that they have listened to what the customers wanted and that was the lights to be dimmed. They have now done this and added a candle to the tables, this has really changed the atmosphere & has given it a more cozy feel.
Take two adults too lazy to cook, a three year old on a scooter, and a balmy early spring evening. Add a re-launched Mondragone. Set your expectations at a realistic level. Be ready for a very warm welcome, a menu where the prices are much more reasonable that the Old Mondragone, and food which hits the mark because it is simple and well-done. We had Rigatoni Al Dragone (chilli, olives, anchovies and tomato sauce) and Gambarini Linguine, while our daughter had a ham and cheese pizza. The pizza was really good, while the pastas were pretty good for the price. The cold Italian beer was ideal, the desserts were decent enough (I think the same ones as the Old Mondragone used to serve, so theyíve either kept their supplier or found a load left behind in a freezer somewhere Ė but who cares we still enjoyed them), and it came to about £35 all in.
If you go to the
new Mondragone expecting mind-blowing, challenging, meticulously
sourced and fussed-over Italian food, then you probably need to be
reminded that youíre actually closer to Walthamstow market than
Borough market. However, if you want a decent meal at a neighbourhood
restaurant, then I thought it was a good option. Unlike the Old
Mondragone, where the boss used to count his money all the time at the
counter and make you feel like a bit of a walking ten pound note, the
staff were also really keen to be as friendly and helpful as possible.
Good luck to them. As soon as they sort out payment by card, rather
than cash only, letís hope they continue to provide the lazy and the
young with a decent early evening option.
The menu at the recently reopened Mondragone contains a staggering 24 pizzas, 24 pasta dishes and 14 meat and fish options along with half a dozen starters and the usual accompanying dishes.
Prices are cheaper than itís predecessor with a pizza or pasta for about £8. The staff, as mentioned below, are friendly and keen but unfortunately not too efficient Ė there seem to be some language problems along with a fair amount of confusion about the menu (mind you thatís not surprising - it would take some studying). We were offered olive oil for our side salad but when I asked for balsamic vinegar the waiter thought I was complaining about the food and sent the manager over.
Our shared starter - a tricolore salad was fresh but a bit tasteless with some rather bland mozzarella, and a distinct lack of dressing or herbs - reminding me a bit of Mondragone in its previous guise. Indecently thereís no salt and pepper on the tables so you have to ask for it Ė which is odd.
Final decisions for main course were a Siciliana pizza (tomato and cheese base with sun dried tomatoes and aubergines) and although the Italian Stallion was winking at me from the bottom of the list of pizzas I decide to be tempted by the even more oddly named pasta Lolita (a creamy goats cheese sauce, pesto, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts) I say pine nuts but to be frank I found 3 or 4 which was a shame as the penne pasta was cooked well and was quite tasty but could have done with some pine nuts. The crispy based, sparsely decorated Siciliana lacked ingredient and could have done with some fresh herbs to liven it up a bit.
The sweet menu was also substantial with a dozen pastry choices and a similar amount of ice cream variations including children friendly novelty ices.
One of the things about Mondragone that used to get up my nose was sight of the owner standing in the corner of the bar shuffling small pieces of paper Ė adding up his takings as the evening progressed. Well itís still happening, the current manager/owner was doing the same. And another similarity that you should be warned about is that the restaurant does not, as yet, accept card payments. We parted with £37 cash for our starter, 2 main courses, side salad and 3 Peroni beers Ė so itís not expensive.
Itís OK food but nothing to get too excited about. If you're just popping in for a quick pizza and youíve got time to read the menu it does the trick.
Is it better than it was? Of course it is
Or Maybe not, see
We went to Mondragone on its opening night. I have to say that it was truly awful.
The only moderately reasonable starter was a tricolore salad. Two of our party had a tomato meatball starter. The meatballs had the texture of vulcanised rubber.
I will only comment on my pizza but it takes some special talent to burn a pizza on the bottom, yet for the the topping to be watery and virtually uncooked. To their credit, they did refund the money for the food (we only paid for the wine) overall it was very poor indeed.
Posted 18th April 2011
We will most definitely return. Best of luck to them.
Posted 31st March 2011
All reviews below refer to this restaurant under previous management
I've been to Mondragone
twice now, and each time was a disappointment. The food is very low
quality and the atmosphere uninspiring. The last time we went we tried
their pizza, thinking maybe they did that well and it was just the
entrees and starters that were no good. We had three different pizzas.
My response: I would have preferred one of those Sainsbury's 'Taste The
feel more positive about this restaurant, surprisingly spacious inside
and in a nice location.
would go back though...couldn't really fault the food & wine.
dear, I don't like to be negative but... I really can't see the
attraction of this place, although many do. Having visited half a dozen
times I now feel that the last time was indeed my last. The food is
below average, pasta dishes are broadly tasteless, pizzas also bland. I
have complained to staff members about the food and my comments have
been met with scorn, which suggests complacency - probably due to the
fact that Mondragone
remains very popular. The last refurbishment has done nothing but
increase prices with pizza and pasta now at £8 to £10.
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