Mona: a first look

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Now open on the first floor of the Accenture tower
Chef-owner Lisa Hanson's new restaurant opened to much excitement. Finally a dining and destination lunch spot in a part of town that had been underserved. Hanson took what was once a Chinese restaurant and transformed it into the sort of room where a client can be entertained and a collection of cube-dwellers can find refuge.

We stopped by for a little taste of what's in store at downtown Minneapolis's newest restaurant.

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Fried chicken and Belgian waffle
The room opens into a modest-sized bar surrounded by tables and booths, then flows into a bigger space with floor-to-ceiling windows and a wide-open kitchen. The late afternoon light spilled in over the white tiles of the kitchen and bathed patrons in a soft afterglow at the end of a workday. The dark, patterned wallpaper and maroon leather-upholstered booths add a classic supper club vibe.

The dinner menu consists of about two dozen small plates of reasonably priced food, ranging from a white bean salad and hummus plate at $5 to an elk rib eye at $13 and a rabbit and foie gras plate for $14. The bar is amply stocked with top-shelf options. The drinks we ordered were a bit uneven: two Manhattans, one arriving as a glass of straight, unadorned booze, while the other was a pitch-perfect specimen. If there's going to be a drink mistake, it could be worse.

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Roasted marrow with raisin toast
The food we tried included the chicken and waffles ($8), marrow on toast ($7), French fries with pimenton aioli ($4), and the polenta topped with mushrooms ($7). All dishes were just a few bites and fun to order in a pile to share with the table. The chicken was an extra-crispy leg atop half a Belgian waffle. The pimenton aioli was creamy with a pleasant zip. Not every dish was a winner at first taste, but it's a spot likely to be humming once the kitchen hits its groove.

Mona
333 S. Seventh St., Suite 190, Minneapolis
612.259.8636; Mona website

Hours:
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday 5-11 p.m.



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3 comments
Nana
Nana

I work at Accenture tower. I don't see this place succeeding. small plates over priced food, bad location, always empty

Guest 2
Guest 2

Finally, a good place to get food. Too bad it didn't open sooner. I used to work across the street for 12 years and there was never any good restaurants in that area.

Guest0
Guest0

Cube dwellers are pissed. Black Bamboo (The Chinese Place) had 2-4-1's for HH.

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