Booze collective Mighty Craft has a number of Aussie brands under its belt, including Richmond’s Brogan’s Way Distillery and the Mornington Peninsula’s Jetty Road Brewery, as well as Kangaroo Island Spirits in South Australia and Slipstream in Queensland. And now they’re all together in one place.
The Mighty is an all-day gastropub in Moonee Ponds, highlighting Mighty Craft’s portfolio in a light and airy space with room for more than 500 punters.
“We’re about building craft breweries and distilleries, and ultimately building communities around those,” Mighty’s director of venues and hospitality Ash Cranston tells Broadsheet. “That’s more people engaging with them, more people trying them, more people falling in love with the products and ultimately becoming fans.”
The three-level space is divided into five distinct sections, each with its own design personality. Two olive trees greet you in the atrium, which gets tons of natural light from soaring, double-storey windows. To the left is the public bar, with casual tables for big groups and high seating along a lengthy white-tiled bar. There’s also a retail space where you can shop Mighty’s extensive range of booze to go.
Upstairs is a more tropical affair, with palm-tree patterns, lush greens, rattan furniture and dim lighting to set the mood for a night of cocktails. There’s also a terrace space with a retractable roof for sunny days.
A few steps down from the main room is the bistro, with leather banquette seats creating a more intimate vibe. From here you can peek into the kitchen, where head chef Adrian Corigliano dresses up classic dishes using sophisticated flavour combinations and techniques he learned from his stint as a sous chef at the now-closed Dinner by Heston.
“It changed the way I perceive food,” he says. “It made me question the whys and the hows, and really go in-depth into the science behind it … But we’re not doing anything too molecular in the kitchen.”
There are soft pork-belly parcels served on native leaves with sticky tamarind-fish sauce caramel; salt-cured and charred prawn sticks with chilli and lime; orecchiette with zucchini, black beans, garlic and parmesan; and flaky fish of the day gently infused with lemon myrtle, and served with saltbush and warrigal greens.
Plus, gussied-up pub food such as the buttermilk chicken schnitzel, or the Wagyu burger with smoked cheddar and onion jam. And an adults-only ice-cream sandwich with chocolate cookies, vanilla-bean ice-cream, and hazelnut liqueur.
Three-drink spirit flights include gin from either Kangaroo Island Spirits or Brogan’s Way, plus cocktails made with their specialty products. And wines are all from Victoria.
690-695 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
(03) 9492 5400
Wed to Thu 11am–10pm
Fri to Sat 11am–12am
This article first appeared on Broadsheet on November 9, 2020. Menu items may have changed since publication.