Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Monte's Restaurant & Wine Bar @ Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

Monte's Restaurant & Wine Bar is a restaurant that needs no further introduction. Located on the Foyer Level of Bangsar Shopping Complex and known for their old school style of cooking, they have been serving customers for more than a decade now and in recent years, they have opened another outlet in Klang too. Being the New Year, we decided to have our family lunch at Monte's. 

Monte's at Bangsar Shopping Complex

Numerous Awards Received Over The Years

Good Selection of Wine is Available

The Bar

Simple Yet Elegant Interior
As it was the New Years holiday, I had to make prior reservations. It was good that I did that as the restaurant was operating on full capacity when we arrived. Monte's is famous for so many reasons, it's food, environment which is conducive for business discussions, family dinners and dinner dates and most of all the reasonable prices. Over the years, they have consistently won numerous awards and to mention one in particular would be the top 10 Western Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. The service here too in excellent. Most of their waiters and waitresses are from the Philippines and they are extremely efficient in handling customers. 

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu
Their Menu offers a good variety of Western Grilled items as well as some Italian dishes. Do note that this is a Pork Free restaurant but they do not have the Halal status as they serve alcohol on their menu. It took us some time to come to a decision as to what to have as most of the food listed seemed good. Every now and then, I was peeking at other peoples tables as the dishes arrived and that added on to the challenge of coming to a decision as it all seemed delicious. After some deliberation, we finally decided and called upon the waiter to take our orders. 

Pepsi @ RM 6.00
We wanted to have Coca Cola but they only serve Pepsi here. Soft drinks are served in a tall glass and not by the can.

Monte's Coffee @ RM 12.00
Monte's Coffee was one of their specialty offerings here. It is a dark and bold brew of coffee served with whipped cream and adorned with some coffee beans along the corners. Definitely a good cup of coffee but it is only suitable to coffee lovers. Occasional coffee drinkers may find this to be too bold for them. I being a coffee lover would rate this at 8.8/10 .

Peppermint Tea By The Pot @ RM 8.00

Peppermint Tea By The Pot @ RM 8.00
The Peppermint Tea comes in a pot and is good for two cups. They use the off the shelf tea bags and it was quite decent. I would not rate this drink as all credit goes to the tea planters and the estates for their excellent work in delivering good tea in those little tea bags.

Bun and Butter
With any grilled or meaty dish, you get the above Bun and Butter as part of the set.Since it was the three of us dining here today, we got three of the above. The bun was fresh and served hot and the butter was of a good quality and salted, just the way I love it. I would rate this at 9/10. 

Juicy Scallops @ RM 39.00

Better Look At The Scallops
We ordered the above for starters. They were a row of six juicy scallops, pan seared and served on a bed of sweet potato mash. The scallops were very fresh and juicy and the sweet potato mash went excellently well with it. The scallops were cooked to perfection and it was still tender and juicy with every bite. Excellent preparation! I would rate this at 9/10 .

Charbroiled Lamb @ RM 38.00

Charbroiled Lamb @ RM 38.00
The Charbroiled Lamb was grilled with traditional Herbs and Spices and served with mashed potato's and vegetables. It also had a thick black sauce at the base that tasted very delicious. The meat, since charbroiled, was very tender and with minimal fat. The meat portions too were quite lavish as they came with very little bones. Definitely a recommended dish! I would rate this at 9/10 .

Braised Lamb Shank @ RM 35.00

Braised Lamb Shank @ RM 35.00

Very Huge Portions

Served With Mashed Potato's and Vegetables
The Braised Lamb Shank definitely came in a extra large portion that is good to fill up a starving cave man. However, the meat was slightly overcooked and with that, the marrow had hardened and mostly dissolved. The trick is to have the meat cooked without having the marrow dissolve or harden and that would have been a perfect dish. The Brown Sauce that accompanied too was slightly bland. It was an above average dish and I could clearly say that Secret Recipe does a better job with this dish. I would rate it at 6.5/10 . On another note, the menu suggests that this dish is to be served with mashed potato's and stewed mushrooms but it was served with mashed potato's and vegetables. Not a big issue but it can be taken as misrepresentation by some. 

Grilled Lamb @ RM 35.00

Juicy Meat Chunks
Among the three main dishes, the Grilled Lamb was definitely the best. It was a near perfection dish and was served with mint sauce, french fries and vegetables on the sides. The meat was tender and succulent, huge portions and perfectly cooked with just the right amount of fat strips attached. Every bite was definitely a gastronomical treat. I would rate this dish at 9.5/10 .

Creme Caramel @ RM 10.00

Creme Caramel @ RM 10.00
For desert, we ordered the above Cream Caramel which came with a good topping of sweet and sour mangoes.The Caramel itself was not too sweet and was just nice and went very well with the mangoes. Definitely a good desert. I would rate the above at 8.8/10 .

Overall, it was a very pleasant meal for us and all of us were thoroughly satisfied except for a few comments here and there which I have already mentioned above. Would we return, definitely! I am also very eager to try their Peppermint Lamb Chops which is supposed to be very good based on the available reviews.

Address: Lot F112, Level 1, Bangsar Shopping Centre, West Wing,
                Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur.

Telephone: +603 2094 1112 / 3


Opening Hours: 1130 - 2300 Daily


  1. Hi. understand that this restaurant dont have halal status as you guys serve alcohol. I just wondering, where is the source of your meet coming from ? is it has been slaughtered properly in islamic way?

    1. Hi Arman, thanks for reading my blogs. To answer your question, I know that they do not serve Pork on their menu but I am not sure if the meat is coming from a Halal source.Just like you, I too am a customer only. Best to write to them and clarify that. :)
      Thank you again.

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