Mr. B's is the current venue where the old Mandarin Club used to be (not the new one that went bust on Dixon Street - the old one). I have young memories of that iteration being a dowdy dive that I was a bit scared to walk by, although I think it is reputed with a more colourful past.
It's now a bar, restaurant and club in one that's the best of many worlds: the bars are for the alcoholically inclined, with a very decent bar menu too; the restaurant, iima, has both a Japanese and a Thai section of the menu; and if you're still up for a boogie after the food and boozing, you're catered to on Friday and Saturday nights too. Everyone wins (pokies not included).
|Soft shell crab roll from iima, corner of Goulburn and Pitt Streets, Haymarket|
|Aburi ocean trout nigiri|
|Som Dtum - green papaya salad|
|Ohr Suuan - Oyster omelette|
|Gaeng Dang Gai - Red curry chicken with winter melon gourd|
The vegetable addition of winter melon is ingenious as its sponge-like texture makes it perfect for soothing the tongue while also soaking up the flavoursome curry sauce for more heat. Steamed rice is obviously a must - and try, like I did, not to make away with the adorable wooden ladle spoon.
We lingered a while in the restaurant section post meal with a bottle of wine and the football playing on the flat screens on the wall beside us. Sometimes trying to give everyone what they want turns out to giving nobody what they really want but iima manages it fairly well - now that gives you nothing to fight about.