Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Monty's Restaurant & Wine Bar

Italian sophistication in London's West End...

A spot of shopping on Oxford Street followed by a catch up with friends, a good cold glass of white wine and a selection of cheeses mid-afternoon; or a whole day’s hardcore shop til you drop preceded by a specially selected glass of red and a big steaming bowl of fresh tagliatelle beef ragu and parmesan…


Either sounds delightful doesn’t it?!!  Luckily I have just the perfect place.  Monty’s Wine Bar & Restaurant is just about to launch in the West End.  Just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of London’s premiere shopping street, you can escape to this calming, relaxed and atmospheric bar/restaurant to soak up some Italian sophistication.

We were invited along to preview the menu last night and with chicceti, charcuterie, specialities, cheese selections and deserts, there’s something to satisfy your every craving.

Perfect for a business lunch, an after work vino or an intimate dinner with friends, the owner Guzaliya Bektemissova, along with the manager Antonio (a former pro wine sommelier who is full of character and enthusiasm), will ensure you’re eating and drinking nothing but the best, with wines which aren’t available elsewhere, along with the freshest ingredients and the finest produce, sourced from small artisan producers.

With many years in the industry, Antonio suggested we tried a Soave which went down a treat with fresh foccacia and flat breads, followed by calamari, fresh bruschetta topped with rich cherry tomatoes and arancine ragu balls -  just the right consistency along with a homemade tomato sauce.

A tagliatelle beef ragu followed; long, flat ribbons cooked just right, making it easy to swirl them expertly around our forks.  This was topped with a rich ragu sauce, not too tomatoey and just enough of it to compliment the pasta.

And desert…  Well we shouldn’t really have indulged, having eaten far too much already, but after much deliberation, we tried chocolate ice cream, tangy strawberry sorbet and a light lemon tart.

We didn’t try the cheeses, but the selection is plentiful with a range of cow’s, goat’s and sheep milk varieties from Sardinia and Lombardy.  Along with the pasta, there’s also tuna and t-bone steaks on the menu.

A lovely meal  and a chic, sophisticated setting along with some nice but not overbearing background music and a very welcoming atmosphere, make Monty’s the new must visit wine bar on the block.

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