I’ll be completely honest – if I read Mundo’s menu prior to visiting the restaurant, I probably would have decided to pick a different place. Â The restaurant is a mix of Turkish/Mediterranean/Argentinian, with a lot of vegetarian-friendly dishes. Â I’ve always heard this place was definitely worth checking out, but as someone not as familiar with these cuisines, it wasn’t something I’d actively seek out – but I am certainly glad I did.
Mundo is located four stops into Queens in Astoria (off of Broadway), and a block away from the train. The restaurant is also pretty small, so if in a party larger than 2, I’d recommend making reservations. Â It seats about 24 people, so is definitely better for smaller groups.
While one of us had been to Mundo before, our waiter helped guide our menu selections. Â We started with a carafe of a hot spiced mulled wine, which was absolutely fabulous, and perfect on a colder night. I’m not a red drinker, but couldn’t help but finish my share of it rather quickly – it was that good. Â To start, we ordered the red sonja, which was made of lentil patties and cracked wheat, with spices served over lettuce. Â Basically, it tasted like a more flavorful hummus, and we were instructed to eat it as lettuce wraps.
Next, we had a spinach and feta empanada. Â I love anything with spinach in it, and mixed with feta, it was like eating creamed spinach in a baked bread crust, so naturally this was a favorite.
Our waiter encouraged us to try the Peruvian causa, and this was my least favorite dish. Â According to the menu, it’s smooth layers of mushrooms,Â beets, avocado, yellow-ahi potato & dillÂ topped with red onion, fresh red & green pepper – or as the waiter described it, a layer of mashed potatoes, with beets in the middle and potatoes on top, like a casserole. Â It was good, but both of us were a tad surprised that it was served cold. Â We also decided to split the Turkish dumplings, which were filled with ground beef and you could dip them into a garlic and yogurt sauce. At this point I was pretty full, but I liked the dish. It was definitely something I felt was good worth splitting – I’m not sure I’d want to eat the whole thing, but it was good to have a few bites of it.
Most entrees at Mundo are between $15-20, with appetizers costing between $4-$10, so really your bill can vary depending on if you are going the splitsies route or the entree and app route.
I liked Mundo as aÂ date spot just because we weren’t rushed, servers were attentive filling water glasses without being all up in our faces – and with it being small, we could have had them be all up in our faces – and it was a great place to share. Â Whether going on a date or with just a friend, you may also want to consider Mundo if you or a friend is vegetarian Â - at least your friend won’t feel like they are choosing from onlyÂ a few options.