I was very excited to hear that the Mondo is back! My wife and I are foodies, I am hobby chef @ home, food and wine is a passion in my spare time. Been living in Durham for the past 6 1/2 years and I always found it frustrating that we would have to go downtown Toronto for a top notch dining experience. Well, I am very pleased to have discovered that there is a finally a restaurant in Durham that actually lives up to "Fine Dining". We went out for an evening without the kids (my wifes birthday) and made reservations at the Mondo. I was blown away from the monent we walked in, the decor is unbelievable as is the atmosphere. Raul was our server, very polite and knew the menu very well. Unrushed service which is what we were looking for - an evening out. The food was outstanding, I had the White Onion Soup (best soup ever!), and the Lamb for my entree (melt in your mouth!). My wife had the Buffalo Mozz Salad to start and The Duck 2 Ways (oustanding!). I have to say the best Wine List in Durham, but let me take it one step further, they actually have a Sommelier. Robert who is one of the owners as well as a Sommelier guided me through the wine list and I was very pleased with his recommendation. Because my wife and I were having two (2) entirely different entree's he actually suggested wine by the glass. It was a great experience and I will definately be back. I dont want to bash any other local restaurants becase there are some good ones, but if you are looking for a restaurant that truly understands "The Customer Experience" has a real wine list, not something that was thrown together half hearted, doesn't cater to kids and families (no high chairs!) and puts its heart into their food - then Mondo is the place!
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