The only thing the blog knows about mongooses (mongoosi?) is
that they are plucky little devils who think nothing of tackling a black mamba
We're not sure how well the new Dapper Mongoose wine bar would fare against a fang-baring cobra but we're confident that it can tackle hunger pangs with panache.
Having launched at the very end of November, it promises seasonal menus and, interestingly, they pledge to do their best to eliminate food waste.
A target which few restaurants were paying much attention to a decade or so ago.
Small plate menu
The well dressed Mr Mongoose offers a small plate menu designed for sharing. At the same time, the menu recognises that sharing is sometimes hard to do.
Certainly no-one would be sharing my plate if I ordered the scallop from the snacks menu. This is a large baked scallop served on the shell with the garnish of the moment.
Now you might think that single scallop would definitely leave you feeling as though you wanted more.
However, if this pic on their Facebook page is anything to go by then The Dapper Mongoose is sourcing some seriously chunky scallops.
Sticking with the snack menu, your blogger is getting hot under the collar at the thought of the slow cooked lamb nuggets with black garlic aioli.
Although we could make a friendly wave at our five-a-day intentions by ordering the tempura broccoli. Especially as it comes with honey, sesame and chimuchurri.
We are not going to list all the small plates on the current menu - you can browse them here - but we will mention a couple more.
Bao buns are always welcome and The Dapper Mongoose has a selection of them. We also like the sound of the house corned beef with shallot onion rings and peppercorn sauce - just the thing to cure a cold.
The Dapper Mongoose also runs a 10am-4pm brunch at the weekends. We'll have a Mimosa to begin with, please.