It’s been more than several months my hubby and I didn’t have any quality time together, just the two of us since most of our times were dedicated to our beloved son. So, last week I had an idea to have a date with my hubby and left our child with his grandma hihihi (feeling like we’re still young, but hey we are, and dating with having-a-child-status isn’t something weird, right).
We’re heading to Senopati area where we decided to have a lunch dating at Monty’s. Been hearing about this restaurant a year ago. One of fancy restaurant around Senopati neighborhood which I heard impressive enough among the Jakarta’s media and foodies. They might be right about Monty’s, once I stepped my feet in its three levels building, I could feel the good vibe starting from the entrance, where they put a sophisticated and charming hanging lamp, the exotic bar, how they set the table with fancy table wares and wine glass, to the genius way to put several living plants in several sides which make this restaurant looks more casual and warm in the sunny day but more elegant and intimate in the night.
And oh I realized why some people thought this is a fine dining restaurant since they change the table during night comes with white table cloth (in the day the black marble tables were left blank) and it maka the ambiance of this restaurant look so exclusive. But actually, they claimed that Monty’s is not a fine dining, more like a semi fine dining but people can come in a casual way as well. Monty’s provide three dining levels. First level for regular dining, second and third are privately set for group booking such as corporate gatherings, arisan or parties.
Monty’s offers a Scandinavian dining experience with an endless choice of wine and champagne. They even sell champagne in a glass not in a bottle like you usually find in other similar restaurants. Good deal, right. Well, ideally good vibe restaurant supposed to have a good food as well in my thought and Monty’s closer to that type of measurement. Let’s see what I had in Monty’s for our lunch date:
Drinks – Iced Coffee Vanilla Mint and Hot Cappuccino
Whole Chili Roasted Cauliflower – 90K
Feeling surprise when this kind of not-so-familiar veggie served on the table with a whole portion and a knife on the top. Wow, scary brain look-alike haha but don’t worries it’s not as scary as you thought and it’s not even their Halloween’s menu surprise. It’s their regular menu to make people familiar that cauliflower in several regions is now trending. I just remember my mom used to cook this vegetable long ago as a soup, but here they served it differently, roasting the veggie into something crunchy and adding it with chili, parsley pesto, truffle mayo and refreshing pomegranate. A very unique combination of nothing become “something”. I could taste colorful flavor from the original taste of the savory and bitter cauliflower with sweet hint of the pome. Great breakthrough, Chef!
Champagne & Sea Scallop Angel Hair (295K)
Never say no to something with truffle and creamy sauce, moreover, Monty’s poured champagne along the ingredients. It turned to be so so gooood! I really can’t resist this thin and moist angel hair. Simply scrumptious.
The most-talked dishes during our lunch. My hubby loves this so much. The tenderness of the lamb can’t be beaten. It shows that the Chef is really concern with the result and opinion of the people who knows that cooking a good lamb chop was something tricky. The classic bernaise sauce was also adding more flavor into the lamb. You can opt another sauce from whisky-bbq sauce, jalapeno chimichurri. Smoky chipotle butter, etc, if you want to.
White Valrhona Chocolate & Banana “Mess” (95K)
Every ending supposed to have a good closing. And Monty’s gave me a surprising good dessert for closing. This White Valrhona Chocolate and Banana “Mess” was simply irresistible. Along with the giant portion and colorful filing of banana, crusts, berry and raspberries, Monty’s also know how to impress their customers. They not only served the dessert, they performed the dessert by dropping the white chocolate sphere from approximately 40cm height. Yes dropping like you drop a big glass bowl and you hear a big “craaaaack” sound and immediately the filing poured out and clutter around the plate. Well, that’s the truly banana “mess” because it’s messy hahahaha. It’s not ending yet, after the cracking performance, the waiter then pouring the toffee sauce. I honestly love their idea, the filing was also very good and not to sweet. Perfect for closing.
In the end, I could claim that this is the best lunch date ever. Everything went well here. From the service, the food, the presentation to the price was worth spending. For all food and beverages, I spent around one million Rupiahs for two. It might be cost a lot for some people, but excellence dining experience can't be paid by anything, right. Well, you have to visit Monty's by yourself to experience what I had and prove that this restaurant was truly a worth-spending one. Psssst, if you having a plan to propose your girlfriend for marriage this place is so perfect especially in the night hahaha.
FYI, Monty's was also having a seasonal theme every month which for me is a plus. Last October they have an Octoberfest set menu and this upcoming November, exactly starting this 2-5 November 2016, they will bring one of the best Norwegian Chef, Chef Petter Beyer in a special dining event named "Nordic Tapas". Ensure you don't miss this talented Norwegian Seafood Chef of the Year 2010. For more info or reservation simply call them at +62 21 7204848 or visit www.montys.co.id
Jalan Raya Senopati No. 84
Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta 12110
Phone: +62 21 7204848