Mojo’s Tapas Bar
32 Campbell Pde
Bondi Beach, Sydney
We love tapas - it’s a great way to share a variety of tasty dishes. It also reminds us of Spain - a counter visit regularly for a variety of reasons - a key one being their food! Mojo’s is across the road from Bondi Beach in a prime location. We managed to snare the best spot there too, the front table just inside the front window.
We will almost always grab croquettes on a tapas menu. Today was no exception. The croquetas de atun were a bit different to many varieties we’d had before as the filling had tuna in it. They arrived in a serving of five, piping hot and crispy on the outside. A side of aioli for dipping went nicely. The tuna filling was tasty and surprisingly subtle and in no way overpowering.
We do love our sangria and even have it at home from time to time with our own “tapas” meals. It seemed sensible to order it here with this papas lunch too! Mojo’s use their own recipe handed down through the generations. It’s a tasty drop too and beautifully colourful as expected with all the fruit on top.
Empanadas are another great tapas dish. Like little pasties, they are small pastry parcels encasing a tasty filling. These ones had a juicy meat filling inside and came with a tangy house-made tomato sauce. They arrived hot, crisp and golden.
We do love chorizo. It’s almost typifies Spain to some extent. Spicy, exotic and irresistible. With this in mind, we eagerly ordered the the chorizo a la plancha which was chargrilled Spanish sausage served with lemon. This was a lovely dish.
The next dish was a quirky one. Called Setas Rellenas it was mushroom caps stuffed with mushroom duxelle, ground pork, parmesan cheese and grilled til golden. It was a beautifully presented dish - or platter - with the name “Mojo’s” written in aioli. The mushroom caps turned out to be very tasty too!
Did someone say calamari? Yes please! The calamares fritos was a tasty serving of baby squid tossed in flour and spices. The squid is then fried until nicely crispy and served with a side of their special dipping sauce. Crispy calamari is such a great dish.
We love patatas bravas as a tapas dish but decided to give the patatas al horno a try this time. It’s a simpler dish than the bravas with crispy potato tossed with rosemary and olive oil. It’s basically fancy little wedges - and tasty ones at that. One you start on these beauties it’s so hard to stop.
Meatballs with tomato sauce sounded great. To be precise it was Albondigas al Ajillo which was even better - slow roasted garlic meatballs cooked in tomato puree. The meatballs were tender and delicious and the rich tangy sauce made it all even better.
The place has several spaces so it can work for groups as well as for couples too. You can certainly get the Spanish vibe here but it’s more subtle than many other places.
We’d happily visit Mojo’s repeatedly. Their tapas was very tasty and there’s a decent variety of dishes to choose from. Don’t forget to have some sangria too!