Ben Cooper’s Mopho Noodle Bar opens in South Yarra

Ben Cooper’s Mopho Noodle Bar opens in South Yarra

There has long been murmur’s of another St Ali venue in the same South Yarra complex as Outpost. Finally it has arrived.  It is a noodle bar serving up well made, south-east asian inspired noodle dishes with good ingredients and plenty of flavour. The concept is a simple, effective and plays perfectly into the hands of Chef Ben Cooper. One of my guilty pleasures is the dodgy noodle box shops that seem to be everywhere, so making amazing noodles is alright with me.

Mopho NoodleThe fitout too is simple and effective. Black panelling and dark wooden tables and chairs are the order of the day. The walls are almost completely covered with cupboards with black cross hatched doors which let you see the dry stock stored within. To some extent, it is a very similar feel to Outpost in that you can see all the ingredients while you dine. The kitchen is separate though and has plenty of fridge space, wok burners and bench space.

The menu is categorised into different styles of dishes, soup noodles; wok noodles; salad noodles; and curries. The dishes themselves are mostly approachable such as the hokkien noodles with slow roasted bbq pork and oyster mushrooms, the classic pad Thai and the spicy pork wontons, egg noodles and shaved cabbage. The menu is by no means limited though and 18 dishes provide a heap of variety.

The 3 dishes that we had were the steamed chueng fung with fried bread salad and soy ginger sauce, the rendang with beef brisket and japanese pumpkin and the scallops, bacon, sambal olek and shanghai noodles. For each of the dishes the key spices really stand out giving each dish a unique spice and tang. The rendang was my favourite, the mouth-melting gelatinous brisket was balanced nicely with a good amount of chilli.

The prices range from $13.50 – $20 and while it isn’t particularly cheap, the higher quality of food is well worth it.

This dish has introduced me to 2 new “favourites.” Brisket is pretty much pork belly from cows. And brown jasmine rice which has a great fluffy texture and more flavour than the white variety.

Though I loved all of the food, my favourite thing about this place is the panda motif. The panda is holding chopsticks and has a green mohawk and star tattoos. It’s a Ben Cooper look-a-like and a pretty funky icon at that. I can see it being sold in plush doll form sooner rather than later.

The Mopho Noodle Panda

Currently Mopho Noodle Bar is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. There are plans to open on Saturdays and Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights but they are taking things slowly. Currently there is no liquor license or EFTPOS but both are to be remedied reasonably soon. It is located at 9 Yarra St next to the South Yarra train station.







Related Postss

  1. Padre Coffee opens at the South Melbourne Market
  2. Paul Jewson’s Fitzrovia opens in St Kilda
  3. St Ali, South Melbourne
  4. Andrew McConnell’s Golden Fields opens on Fitzroy St, St Kilda

28 Responses to “Ben Cooper’s Mopho Noodle Bar opens in South Yarra”

  1. Tweets that mention Ben Cooper’s Mopho Noodle Bar opens in South Yarra -- commented:

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Suzanne Farrell, Michael@MyAchingHead. Michael@MyAchingHead said: The new Mopho Noodle Bar /cc @st_ali @jammin55 […]

  2. Simon Food Favourites commented:

    i love the logo and look of the dishes. yummo :-) i wish i lived in melbourne to try right now. i’m adding to my wish list!

  3. MoPho Noodle » essjayeats commented:

    […] from My Aching Head likes it (and was visiting again the same day I […]

  4. Iron Chef Shellie commented:

    very keen to try it out!!

  5. MoPho Noodle Bar, South Yarra { Melbourne Food Review } at Spatula, Spoon and Saturday commented:

    […] My Aching Head […]

IMG_4068_2IMG_4083_2IMG_4084_2Inside Mopho NoodleIMG_4086_2Mopho Noodle MenuThe Mopho Noodle Panda