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St. Louis/Brief Monarch review

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St. Louis/Brief Monarch review

kbear | Jul 15, 2003 10:08 AM

Last week, I ate a meal at the newish restaurant, Monach. This is the restaurant that took over where Bobby's was, in Maplewood on Manchester. The place is beautiful! A real knockout and a welcome addition to our finer dining in St. Louis. This would be a place for a special occasion, so put on your good duds. If you can get a reservation in the Bistro, that seems to be the cool place to eat. There is also a dining room and a really great bar. All of the servers were extremely helpful and friendly and quite professional. The Maitre d' is an incredibly good-looking man, which never hurts the appetite. Anyway, the menu is not huge, which I always appreciate. We started with the cold crab appetizer. Big hunks of crab come in a martini glass atop a bed of cabbage which is marinated in a vanilla-y vinagrette. I was not wild about the vanilla, but that is just my taste. We also tried the AMAZING duck confit pizza appetizer. Luscious little hunks of confit and bits of sundried tomatos were swimming in some kind of buttery cheese. I am still slobbering over this appetizer. We also had salads - a lovely spinach mix and the heirloom tomatos were both very tasty. For the main course (our bellies were bulging by this time), the lamb lollipops were a real hit. Frenched lamb was accompanied by two great sauces - one was sweet and one was smooth. Veggies and mashed potatoes came with. The scallop entree was the only real disappointment in the meal. I was told they were "dry" but I felt they were actually "wet". Also, they were cooked rather rare for my taste. However, the chef offered to fix them more according to my taste and the server was vehement about correcting the problem, so I was mollified. As a birthday treat, some awesome chocolate carmelly custard came out with a candle. I would highly recommend Monarch. The wine list is also quite nice.

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