Monte’s Restaurant & Wine Bar @ BSC
Monte’s @ BSC
Sometimes, I crave a good steak. Sometimes, I feel like a hearty plate of pasta. Sometimes, I want nothing more than some warm bread and a tasty soup to fill my belly. All the time, I know I can get all these things in one place.
After BSC’s extensive renovation was complete, Monte’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, or Monte’s as it is fondly know, reopened it’s doors in July 2009. An eagerly displaced crowd of regulars as well as curious newcomers flocked to BSC to see what delicious dishes awaited them. 15 years on, Monte’s is still going strong. It offers the familiar, the comforting, and just downright good food.
I felt relaxed as soon as I walked through the door. The deco is modern, yet cozy, and it’s perfect for a speedy lunch or a leisurely dinner.
Whatever you fancy, the contemporary Western cuisine at Monte’s will certainly tickle your tastebuds.
Terry (Red FM Drive), Hawa (Program Manager), Cheryl (Creative Director), Alvin & Yy (Photographers) were immediately welcomed with open arms by owner Susan Lee.
She was a non-stop bubble of energy that barely took a breath between sentences, and even put Terry to shame! It was a pleasure to meet someone so driven, and so passionate about the restaurant. I guess that’s what has kept Monte’s alive for all these years.
The menu at Monte’s today is the culmination of years of trial and error, and expert advice from the former executive Chef of a major hotel in KL. Put the two together, and you’ve got the makings for a very satisfying meal.
Tian of Steamed Prawn
At first, as I poked and prodded the poached tomato in front of me, I thought that was it. Then, Susan instructed us to slice it in half, and nesting in that moist cocoon were tender, marinated shrimp. I took a snapshot with my camera of the irresistible contents inside the tomato.
Susan explained that this item and a few others that we were trying were “Specials”. At Monte’s, whenever a new dish is introduced, it is tested out for popularity first before earning its place in the a la carte menu. Make room on the menu, this dish definitely deserves to be in with the regulars.
Garlic Bread – Toasted Garlic Baguette with wide spread of freshly chopped garlic.
Monte’s most famous dish, a classic garlic bread with the best smell in the world! Baked butter, cream, and fragrant toasted garlic. “It’s so fluffy, and it just explodes in your mouth!” exclaimed Terry. A lovely crispy starter, that’s rich and strong in flavour. “Dip it in the sauce from the Escargot!” chirped Susan. “That’s the only way to eat it!”
Escargot – Baked and basted in Chablis ‘n’ Garlic Sauce
She was, of course, absolutely right. These two dishes together are outstanding, and I daresay the best I’ve tried so far in KL. The escargot is smothered in a thick, creamy sauce oozing with garlic, baked to a golden brown. Scoop up the lush sauce with the bread, and you will be in heaven. Terry shamelessly ordered another plate, and I’m glad he did! A dish that truly deserves the title of ‘House Specialty’.
Oh, did I say the escargot and garlic bread was my favourite? Well, until I tried the oh-so meaty Oxtail Soup! Thick, savoury, hot & spicy to whet your appetite…
Sweet and savoury, thick and tasty. So simple, yet so satisfying. It was perfect, blended to the colour of a beautiful sunset, with a velvety smooth consistency. We slurped up every last bite.
Chef’s Dream Salad
The Chef’s Dream Salad was another item still in its testing phase. So far, it’s gotten a welcome from patrons. Two thumbs up for the fresh combination of poached prawns, cooked aubergine and cherry tomatoes tossed in a tangy, homemade basil-olive oil pesto dressing.
It was time for main courses.
8 Hr Lamb
The lamb is marinated and cooked for 8 hours, and the meat is so tender it dissolves within seconds of hitting your tongue. No chewing required. Soaked in a dark, meaty gravy, with buttery mash potato, a side of pumpkin puree and moist mushrooms.
Pan-Seared Cod Fish
I loved the Cod. It was fresh, lightly seasoned, and nicely cooked. I liked the creative flavours in this dish, especially from the salsa made from chopped tomatoes, aubergine and peppers. Drizzled with pesto dressing and add a squeeze of zesty lime to complete the flavours.
A hunk of meat, prepared in Monte’s way to retain its taste. The steak is grilled to a juicy medium, and served with roast potatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots and broccoli. It was unanimous around the table that this was a darn good piece of meat.
Prawn & Fish Combination
A taste of the sea…This dish has a Mediterranean feel, with caramelized prawns in a rich, tangy tomato sauce, and a tender fish fillet.
Pasta lovers will truly enjoy the combination of seafood and pasta. Mussels, clams, prawns and squid tossed in a piquant garlic & tomato sauce.
Susan explains to us that this dish is another very popular item on the menu, and hasn’t changed since the opening. Accompanied with herbed rice and fresh vegetables, Susan says, “Where else can you get a well balanced meal like that for under RM20?”
In fact, one of the amazing things about Monte’s is that it has managed to keep its prices low throughout the years. Value for money is what you get, and this is even more apparent in Monte’s Executive Set Lunch Menu!
Get a soup, a main course (Mushroom Chicken or Homemade Chicken Burger), dessert of the day, and coffee or tea all for RM21.90! If you choose the Ribeye Steak as your main course, it’s a mere RM25.90. You know where to go for lunch now, don’t you?
Bread & Butter Pudding
The Bread & Butetr pudding is deliciously moist and decadent, doused in a light vanilla sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Cheryl and Hawa were in love with this, and polished off the plate with ease.
Rich and nutty, not too sweet, served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Green Tea Latte
Finish off your meal with a Monte’s signature creation, the Green Tea Latte. What a combination!
A milky, frothy tall glass of green tea and espresso, not too sweet but with a good kick to wake you up for the drive home.
Trust me, we needed it! I always say good food makes you sleepy, and we definitely had our fill at Monte’s!
Thanks to Susan and the staff at Monte’s for a delicious evening!
*Special thanks to Alvin & Yy for the beautiful photos. www.damienphotography.com
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104.9 IN THE KLANG VALLEY
Monte’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
Bangsar Shopping Centre
F112, 1st Floor, West Wing
Phone: 03-2094 1112