Saturday, July 21, 2012

Monte's @ BSC & D'Empire Brasserie @ Solaris


In the mood for beef? Here are two options: first, Monte's, a longtime haunt that's had a face-lift.

Ye olde favorite: carpetbag steak, nicely stuffed with two juicy oysters.

Beef ribs, perhaps tougher than expected but still a thrill for flesh-seeking carnivores.

And naturally, to pair with the meat: South African red wine, very pleasant to drink.

Next up, D'Empire Brasserie, also a true survivor, staying alive in Solaris Mont Kiara.

Angus rib-eye, thankfully medium-rare as requested (not something to be taken for granted).

Red wine risotto. Tastes more like a simple tomato risotto somehow.

Apple crumble and a very nice choc brownie, both with vanilla ice cream, to end an OK meal.




Monte's,
Bangsar Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur.
D'Empire Brasserie,
Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
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24 comments:

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    1. TNG: ooh, me too! i try to order it whenever i see it on a menu :D

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  2. Oh gosh... Haven't had steak for a long time. And your photos of steaks just made me crave for them! But then again, not many places serve steaks at affordable price. Hmm...

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    1. Chong: oh yeah, we red-blooded carnivores must have our red meat, rite :D true, i remember when a decent budget steak could be had for below RM10, but that was decades ago. but these days, i'd probably only trust in a slab of beef that costs at least RM50...

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  3. im attracted to the choc brownies not the beef...does the ice creat taste good?will it be too sweet?

    beef stuffed with oyster??I never try this before..

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    1. Cindy: oh, the choc brownie is nice and the sweet, and the ice cream is a mild vanilla one, so they work well together =) beef and oysters go well together too :D

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  4. wow .. the beef really looks so delicious..
    if I am a beef eater i would definetely enjoy it very much

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    1. Simple Person: oh yeah, beef-eaters will probably be satisfied chewing through this meat =)

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  5. Hehe I learnt something new from yr blog today.. carpebtbag steak :)

    I've never really taken notice of this steak before, probably cos I dont like oysters.

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    1. Baby sumo: oh yeah, I guess carpetbag steaks have gone out of fashion; they're mostly only served in steakhouses in kl that have been around since the 1990s. And it's usually not top-notch beef or top-notch oysters that are used in them, but I have a soft spot for these steaks nevertheless :D

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  6. Steak stuffed with oysters? How does it tastes? Interesting combination.

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    1. CK: it's quite nice, but the sauce is thick and strong, so it actually overpowers the flavor of the steak and the oysters =)

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  7. I'm surprised that D'Empire Brasserie looks so packed! And I had the best carpetbagsteak in a Russian steakhouse in Singapore.. Yummeh!!:D

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    1. Ciki: it's a bit unpredictable ... some nights, the restaurant is deserted, some nights it's crowded. i have no idea how to explain it, heh :D oooh, that sounds like a carpetbag steak to die for. will ask you for details the next time i head to singapore =)

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  8. Carpetbag steak... where do they come up with these names? ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: it sounds like something very american, heheh :D

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  9. I used to go there a lot before they revamped...they used to have cosy corners and bean bags where you could just chill out. It was a great Saturday lunch hang out for us - we'd spend two to three hours over three to four bottles. Went there a year back and was quite disappointed. I had an indifferent lamb shank and Monte's was pushed to my past.

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    1. Dr Bahma: yikes, sorry to hear you're not a fan of monte's anymore. Yeah, it's a tricky balance that these restaurants face, trying to stay fresh and relevant while still keeping their loyal fans. Here's hoping that maybe someday, monte's will earn your faith again! =)

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    2. Lots of new places to try anyway. Ben in KLCC, this place in Publika (forgot its name but I did think I should have read your review before I went, Le Midi....LOL, it's been there, done that thing.

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    3. Dr Bahma: the future is bright, I hope =)

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    4. I think the Publika place was called the Bee. Loved their sangria tho. I think that was what convinced me to have dinner there whilst waiting for friends to go watch a show. I still think the best gourmet burgers I have had was at the Daily Grind.

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  10. No caption for the last 2 pictures? Too drunk to remember? haha... the south african wine called Kingfisher?!! that looks interesting.

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    1. Eiling: hahah, i was too lazy to type anything anymore :D oh yeah, it's not often that i notice a reasonably priced south african wine on the menu in KL, so i had to order it! =)

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