Winter is almost here and nothing warms the soul like a hearty meal, decadent desserts, a good cup of coffee and a glass (or two) of fine whisky! Lucky for Crows Nest locals and visitors alike, neighbourhood favourite and coffee specialists Monte Alto Roasters has relaunched as a restaurant and whisky bar and is serving up all these winter warmers.
Monte Alto Eatery & Bar focuses on modern Australian fusion dishes paired with the perfect whisky and wine. Drawing influence from his Vietnamese heritage and past experiences, head chef Harry Nguyen has thoughtfully created an inventive menu with classic flavour combinations elevated by gentle twists to excite all taste buds.
Fast becoming a foodie hotspot in Sydney’s lower north shore, Monte Alto will continue to serve a modern Australian breakfast and lunch menu, with coffees by Toby’s Estate and a selection of brunch cocktails available during the day. In the evening, the venue now adopts a more up-market vibe with a creative, modern menu, complete with wines, cocktails and one of the largest collection of whiskies in the area.
On a recent cold and rainy night, Sydney Social 101 popped into Monte Alto Eatery & Bar for dinner. It was warm and cosy inside and the staff greeted us with welcoming smiles. Soon after we took our seats the place packed out with hungry locals catching up with friends, celebrating birthdays and enjoying romantic dates.
We started our dining experience with cocktails (It was a Saturday night after all!). We order the Purple Rose; a concoction of Tanqueray Gin and Parfait Amour married together and topped with rose petals for a refreshing lychee martini, and the Japanese Harmony; a blend of Hibiki Japanese harmony, yuzu, lime juice, honey syrup and soda water. Both cocktails were beautifully presented, were full of flavour and were strong- which we love!
Next we kicked off our culinary journey with the much raved about halloumi fries served with tomato salsa and pesto aioli. A combination of two of my favourite things (Halloumi and fries), these little gems blew my mind and my tastebuds. They definitely didn’t disappoint. Next we tried the cauliflower salad with wild rice, quinoa, cranberries, arugula, red onion, parsley, nuts & aged balsamic. This salad has mastered the art of being healthy and delicious at the same time and is a light and flavoursome option for starters.
For mains we opted for the restaurant’s most popular dish, a 12-hour slow cooked coffee rubbed pork roast served with garlic mash, poached greens, tomato salsa and a stock reduction sauce. The pork was succulent and cooked to perfection while the vegetables balanced out the flavours perfectly. We also tried the panko crumbed aubergine stack served with Mozzarella, Grana Padano, tomato, herbs & Neapolitan sauce. Perfect for vegos, this dish was warm, hearty and full of cheesy goodness!
To finish (Thank gosh we still had a bit of room!) we had the rich and fudgy chocolate brownie served with caramel sauce, vanilla ice-cream and berries. We also finished with the full-flavoured espresso panna cotta with fresh berries and delicious berry compote. Yum!
Monte Alto Eatery & Bar also serves up some great weekly specials:
o Monday-Friday – happy hour from 4.30pm-6.30pm ($6 Craft Beer, $6 Wine, $8 G&T, $10 Whisky of the day and $12 cocktails)
o Thursday night – whiskey night (30$ off all whiskies + old fashioned)
o Friday – happy hour drink available from lunch time
o Saturday/Sunday – bottomless Mimosa for $25 per person (1.5 hours)
o Sunday night – 3-course dinner with a premium glass of wine $49 per person
Breakfast and Lunch:
Monday – Friday: 7.00am – 2:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8.00am – 2.30pm
Sunday – Thursday: 4.30pm – 9.30pm
Friday – Saturday: 4.30pm – 10.30pm
Full Menu: https://www.montealto.com.au/our-menu/