On Wednesday, MOCT rolled out its new NOVO Urban Bar Fare menu, which the restaurant will now be serving 4 to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
The popular bar and club, located at 240 E. Pittsburgh Ave., initially launched in 2004 with a full-service Serbian Restaurant, Café Fabrika, has been pretty much foodless -- save for special parties and catered occasions -- since Fabrika moved out in 2005.
But in December 2009, MOCT reopened the kitchen to shuttle out light appetizers including pizza, wings, fries and one token Serbian selection with a trio of bureks. Some seven months later, MOCT was ready on this warm, sunny evening to launch its new, full service menu under the capable hands of Chef Jeremy Hoch (formerly of The Social and Juniper 61).
With the large garage style doors open and lively music playing, patrons weren't deterred by a closed eastbound Pittsburgh Avenue in coming to experience Hoch's new menu. Bars and tables were lined with mixed bar nuts ($3) served sweet and spicy with sprigs of rosemary, and cones of truffled popcorn ($3) with essence of white truffles.
A table in the back offered guacamole ($6); chunky and flavorful with ripe avocado, tomatoes, and crisp light El Rey style adobe chips, and three chafing dishes of chevap, Serbian pork and beef sausage-style skewers with roasted red pepper drizzled atop; an exceptional take on shrimp with a tomato citrus sauce, served with cilantro rice; and surprisingly sweet, but very good Jamaican Jerk style chicken wings.
On the true menu, all these dishes appear with slight variations. The shrimp is served Mofongo ($12) over fried green plantains, the chevap ($7) appears in both mini burger or skewer forms with farmer cheese, and wings can be glazed in original, Asian mango, or the aforementioned Jamaican Jerk.
Servers also dropped off plated samples of the fish tacos ($11), soft corn tortillas with a tender piece of cornmeal crusted tilapia shining through cabba…Read more...