Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Menu & Wine Buffet: Monkey Garage @ Bangsar

Talk about a transformation: Monkey Garage has endured a complete revamp - it's now no longer a hidden cafe that offers Laksa Johor & Nasi Tomato, but a full-fledged restaurant & bar that strives to serve some of Bangsar's porkiest pleasures.
Earlier entry on Monkey Garage: March 2014.

 Monkey Garage's dramatic overhaul is the work of Marcus Wong, a self-taught chef who has leapt from the advertising sector into the F&B line. Marcus' mission is to infuse his favourite home-cooked Asian flavours into inventive creations that are unique to Monkey Garage, like this 'Har Mi Pasta' (RM25 nett), comprising capellini tossed in olive oil laced with dried shrimp essence, complemented by a flavoursome combo of a large prawn, shrimp floss, half-boiled egg, lemon & sambal belacan.

Monkey Garage's tiny kitchen comes out with big flavours, epitomised by pasta soaked in a rich vinegar sauce that evokes Marcus' Hakka heritage, specifically the widely beloved Chinese pork trotter stew with ginger. This is only the start of Marcus' wild ways; expect possible concoctions like sambal petai risotto & bak kut teh pulled pork sandwiches to also surface soon.

For char siew devotees, check out Monkey Garage's honey-roasted rendition, cooked to order, a sacrament of sweet-sticky succulence (RM9 per skewer), served with a house-made chilli & lime dipping sauce. Customers can request lean-meat or fattier portions, based on their own personal preference.

 Where there's char siew, can siew yuk be far behind? Monkey Kitchen's can come caramelised, fried with chillies, onions & garlic (RM20), but for greater gratification, make an advance booking for plain roasted siew yuk, served with wasabi honey mustard sauce (RM18). Limited quantities of those are available daily; when we arrived on this recent night, it was sold out.

 If you're heading here for lunch, you're in luck - Monkey Garage offers mind-boggling set-meal bargains, comprising a starter of robustly aromatic double-boiled herbal chicken soup with truffle oil followed by a main course like a sesame soba salad plus a beverage for only RM20, Mon-Fri (except Tues), 1130am-3pm. Better still, purchase two sets & receive an extra set free.

 Dinnertime brings another divine deal: Daily wine buffets (except Tuesdays), 530pm-1am, that cost only RM60 nett per person. featuring a solid selection of Australian, Chilean, Argentinean, South African, New Zealand & Spanish varieties.

And on weekends, get ready for grilling - a BBQ station is set up all day long, Saturdays & Sundays, serving the likes of pork sausages, streaky bacon & what's billed as a 'Come-In-Your-Mouth Burger.' Many thanks to the gregarious Marcus & his team for hosting our visit here.

Monkey Garage Gastropub
61, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. Reservations: 012-232-0239 (Marcus). 
Open Wednesday-Monday, 1130am-3am (closed Tuesdays)

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12 comments:

  1. This is delightful, Sean. Not sure if you know this or not, but there was a toy called "Barrel of Monkeys" when I was a little girl and I played with it a lot. This place looks like more fun than a barrel of monkeys. LOL! :)

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    1. Linda: oh, that's where the phrase 'like shooting monkeys in a barrel' might have come from, haha. and yes, no monkeys to be shot here, but i like the colourful monkey mural! :D

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  2. That second pasta looks like pan mee (with minced pork and fried ikan bilis)...but with spaghetti....what a twist! :D Drooling at that stick of char siew!!

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, it's interesting how MG has taken some traditional recipes and tried to give them a contemporary twist ... and ya, i could have eaten two of those char siew skewers! :D

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  3. Oh, a wine buffet, now that sounds terrible (not) hee! hee! :-)

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    1. The Yum List: heheh, yes, i think i happily guzzled four glasses :)

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  4. Interesting twist with playful combination, wouldn't mind to try :)

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    1. Ken: yeah, it's intriguing, the gastronomic experimentation here :D

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  5. The char siew and siew yoke beckoning to me. My girl frowns on fusion pasta though - she thinks pasta must be as pasta should be. Not me, anything that's good - I'm all for it.

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    1. Suituapui: that's true, there's definitely space for both traditional pasta recipes and contemporary fusion ones in our world! :D

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  6. Sesame soba salad with juicy and succulent meats sounds mighty fine indeed =)

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    1. Ulric: not a bad stop for a high-guilt lunch or dinner in bangsar :)

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