We had been watching the renovations to the old Jacobson Meats shop of 343 Elizabeth Street, and based on progress visible from the street, things were looking promising.
On Tuesday night we made a date with our boyz and headed off for a ‘Two Girls and our dearest deputies’ evening to suss out Mulan.
Looking in from the street and on entering, your first impressions are that Mulan is a beautiful restaurant. The décor is top notch. The light fittings are Asian inspired, wood panelled or cherry blossom and mood-sensitive whilst allowing you to read the menu.
We are partial to a booth table and they are intimate and stylish. They are also spacious and the four of us could have swum around our booth if we had fancied, which was lovely for us, but presented a few challenges to the wait staff.
|Salt and pepper tofu with parsley dressing|
The Two Girls pick was the tofu but you have to moosh the tofu around in the sauce bed it sits in to best appreciate what it has to offer.
|Roast duck breast wrapped in pancakes|
|Griddle cooked spiced squid|
Mulan has been opened proper since the beginning of October and has a few areas of service to iron out, like their relationship with wine. We BYO-ed because we could and BYO restaurants are a dying breed. But our bubbles were left unattended and so too were we, for a noticeable amount of time. In the end it was necessary to suggest to the wait staff that they bring us glasses and refrigerate the plonk.
We did not get a look in for dessert and it was difficult getting the attention of anyone for the bill.
On a Tuesday night at 7.30 pm they had already sold out of the salmon and spinach roll and the mixed vegetable stirfry.
They have put serious thought into creating a beautiful interior space. Mulan is truly the most well presented restaurant in North Hobart right now. The Two Girls particularly loved the way the booths have been created, while you can see there are other people in the restaurant, you feel like you are in your own little Private Idaho!
There is something in Mulan’s price range and menu diversity for everyone. It is a solid North Hobart contender.