Thank you Jay (@the.eatventures), Lachlan (@mister_eats), Victor (@eatingwithyoureyes_), Sarah & Kurt (@aroundtheclockfoodie), Sherina (@lazypandah) and Judy (@judylyh) for joining me (@__miss.t__) at this tasting event at Monte Alto Roasters.   I really enjoyed your company and our random topics of conversation! 😀

Monte Alto popped up on our radar even before they opened up as I passed them everyday on my daily commute.   Having opened up for just a month when we held our collaboration event, we felt fortunate to get the chance to taste what this budding place had to offer as it was finding its place within the foodie scene of Crows Nest.

Hi, this is Harry!

Walking in, your ears prick up to the sounds of old school 90’s tunes as the smell of the coffees made during the day still linger around filling your nostrils while your eyes take a wander around at the spacious interior.   With their brewing station and their cocktail bar sitting side by side in prime position, it’s clear that Harry has a clear passion for both elixirs of life (for me at least).

The Japanese Slip-Up!

After all the guests had arrived, the first thing on the agenda was drinks.  We each ordered our own cocktail to which Harry made me a special Harry’s Creation.  A nice little mix with espresso and kahlua, it was a perfect drink to wind down with on a Thursday night.  I think we all really appreciated how Harry personally made each of our cocktails, even noticing when Judy had not ordered one (you can run but you cant hide!) and made her a sweet champagne cocktail.

My Harry’s Creation

Getting to the food, our menu that night consisted of the following:

Smoke salmon with Grape Seaweed. From this dish, it was very apparent the importance of sourcing the right ingredients for Harry as he explained he imports this variety of Grape seaweed directly from Vietnam.   I loved how the briny freshness of the seaweed and the way they burst on your tongue contrasted with the soft texture of the salmon.

Smoke salmon & Grape Seaweed

Tempura Zucchini Flowers stuffed with four cheeses. Always a classic and a favourite of mine, the light crispiness of the Tempura batter went well with the creaminess of the four cheeses ensuring this entrée was not too heavy.

Tempura Zucchini Flowers stuffed with Four Cheeses
(they tasted a lot better than the plating would lead you to believe!)

Mango Prawn Salad with their homemade mango dressing. While I couldn’t have the prawns, the salad was light and fresh and had a subtle sweetness from the Mango.

Mango Prawn Salad- a feast for the eyes

Another angle of the colourful Mango Prawn Salad

Soft shell Crab burger- definitely one of the highlights for the night! With the tempura battered crab served perched on a bed of salad and bun with his little flower top hat; this little crab was king of the rock and ALMOST too cute to eat. Though a little bit dry, it was worth the risk taking a bite (I’m allergic to crustaceans!)

Soft shell crab perched on his little rock with a purple top hat

Grilled Atlantic Salmon Fillet with mashed sweet potato drizzled with soy and honey sauce. The crispy pieces of sweet potato on top were seasoned beautifully and my favourite part of the dish.  The salmon was just a tad bit over done but still made for a satisfying dish.

Grilled Atlantic Salmon & Sweet Potato

Pear & Quinoa Salad– This was a simple salad which had a lovely sweet & zesty flavour to it from the passionfruit and contrasted nicely with the salty feta and freshness of the pear.

Pear & Quinoa Salad

Pannacotta with chocolate soil and fresh fruit served in a little flower pot. This was a super cute dish to end the night with, as we all dug in and found little nuggets of banana and strawberries hidden within the smooth pannacotta.

Pannacotta flower pot

Coffee; Having bought my coffees from here a few times before, I always appreciate the care and precision they take in measuring out the coffee grind for each cup of coffee. It really is about the quality and their passion for their roast is very evident.

 

During our tasting event, Harry served us his special stash of cold drip coffee.  We tried a mild roast which had a nice earthiness and subtle fruity flavours.

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Their cute as chips take away coffee cups

What I personally love about these events is being able to share a meal with people who have an appreciation of food (both from our members and our hosts) and how easy it can be to bond over a simple meal.  Watching everyone prance around the restaurant looking for the best shot to show off the restaurants atmosphere and getting the perfect angle to showcase the food is also a plus!

Thank you for having us Monte Alto Roasters, and a big thank you to Harry for arranging these dishes and letting us know more about yourself and your passion towards coffee and cooking with fresh produce.  We can definitely see the potential Monte Alto has and can’t wait to see what you come up with next on your Asian fusion food journey.

Thank you for having us Harry!

 

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Published by Cecelia Tao