21 Feb

One of the best restaurants in the Peninsula. When I visited in Aug 2010, they had 2-course with wine lunch for only $55. But it seems like prices have increased to $72 because they’ve gotten more awards recently. They’re a one-hat restaurant for 2010 and 2011.


Just a really simple interior design, nothing fancy, good enough to bring out the experience of dining amongst the vines.


Nothing can be more relaxing than sipping wine and having good food with nature within an arms length.


Wines were served first and we had a choice of either a Chardonnay or Pinot Nior (can’t remember if it’s Pinot Noir or Tampranillo). Needless to say, we had one of each. They were so smooth on the palate, not over powering and the scent of fruits can easily be identified. Personally, I would prefer to drink it on its own than go with food because the original taste changes when it’s been interacted with other flavours.


Warm sourdough was served with Montalto’s extra virgin olive oil. Mamamia~ I can just have this for lunch.


Appertiser/Starter to help our taste buds get underway. I didn’t quite catch what this was, but I simply love this. It seems like some bread biscuit topped with tomatoes tossed in olive oil and herbs and anchovie. The topping is so juicy and has a burst of flavours, while the biscuit at the bottom gave it crisp. One is never enough.


We ordered 2 entrees. The first one, risotto. Couldn’t remember if it was spinach or broccoli risotto, but the flavours just came right through. The rice itself was cooked just right, wasn’t too hard nor soft. Being an entree, there was any meat chunks or seafood, and it may look plain, but it really wasn’t that bad!


The next entree, king salmon. It is a freshly smoked salmon. Unlike the slices we usually have in sandwiches, this whole chunk of king salmon is totally different. The smoky flavours was more of being aromatic than being salty. Not only that, the sweetness of the salmon is not lost. I haven’t tasted salmon this sweet before.


We had 2 mains, the first one, veal liver. I love pig lover and have been eating them all my life, but never tried veal liver before. Slightly seared on the outside, it is still soft and raw red on the inside. Only for people who can appreciate such stuff, I swear you will go crazy with this. The liver juices simply explodes in your mouth. It is intense and this taste lingers for a long time. Top it up with some red, slowly savour the lingering taste.


Bite into it and feel the burst of liver juices, yum.


The next main we have, snapper. To fish, it difficult to do up a good fish dish. Two aspects much be present. Crispy skin, and juicy meat. As we all know, fish cooks really fast. If you take it off the pan too soon, the skin will still be soft and rubbery, but leaving it too long to do the crisp on the skin, the meat will lose its moisture and be too dry. Montalto seems to focus more on doing the skin. Coated with rock salt, the skin was perfectly done. Althought the inside has lost some moisture, it wasn’t too bad and you can still taste the sweetness.


How can any meal not end with a dessert! We had Chocolate hazelnut with honeycomb ice-cream. Nothing bad to pick on, it was a reasonably good dessert to end the meal.


Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu,Sun: 12pm-3pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-3pm, 6:30pm-11pm

Address: 33 Shoreham Road
Red Hill South VIC3937 

Food: 4.75/5
Ambience: 4.75/5
Value: 4.25/5
Service: 4.75/5 


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