Monte's located in a quiet corner of Bangsar Shopping Centre. I'd never noticed it previously, as this little neighborhood mall has more than its fair share of excellent restaurants (Ming Room Chinese, Le Midi French-Italian, La Bodega Spanish, etc.)
It probably didn't do Monte's any favors that its menu is a hodge-podge of Cajun, grilled items, Italian pastas & other assorted "Western" dishes.
Anyway, I gave it a try this evening since it's the last eatery which I'd not tried in Bangsar SC. Turned out that Monte's offers a more than decent dining experience: nice ambience - tables were spaced quite well apart, and the expansive glass windows afforded nice views of the outside.
What I tried
- Carrot & pumpkin soup. Flavorsome, and done just right. Highly recommended.
- Nachos with chicken. A bit too greasy, and I didn't quite like the mushy potatoes included with the chopped, spiced chicken.
- Grilled salmon steak with spicy salsa and lettuce leaves. This was delicious, the grilling was perfectly-timed, leaving the salmon just cooked and still moist. The lettuce was very fresh & crunchy. Can do without the strange-tasting sauce which was, thankfully, served separately on the side - the dish would have been inedible had they covered the salmon with the odd sauce.
What I liked about the place: everything was fresh. Service was attentive and friendly. Nice place for family dinners - kid-friendly.
Monte's Restaurant & Wine Bar
Lot F112, Level 1
Bangsar Shopping Centre, West Wing
Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2094 1112/13