Noble Savage (he said):
A fairly new addition to Montecasino is Milk & Honey Bar. According to the casino, “Elegantly appointed with Parisian flair, this cocktail bar and French bistro is conveniently situated on the Piazza at Montecasino.” Yes, as convenient as Fourways can be. But I digress…
Milk & Honey Bar is absolutely gorgeous! From entering through the grand doors to sitting at the table, everything is just beautifully appointed. Like a Top Billing house, almost. And the attention to detail is exquisite; from the little bee logo on the napkins, to the Napoleon print on the bar menu, this is clearly in different league to your local pub.
Speaking of the bar, the bar menu is very comprehensive. Very. If you’re in the mood for something to drink, I’m pretty sure you’ll find something to your liking on the menu. With it being a cool and cloudy day, we were in the mood for some red wine.
The wine list is not huge, but covers the bases. We opted for one of our favourites; Saronsberg Seismic Red blend. Perfect! We weren’t planning on having starters, but then saw the oysters with champagne froth, so we had to try it. The froth itself is almost gelatine-ish, and feels quite interesting sliding down your throat with the oyster. If you like oysters, you’ll love this.
The main I chose was the duck and cherry pot pie, freshly prepared and served with a green salad. So basically exactly like a Mam’s pie, except for in every conceivable way. The pie filling was perfectly prepared, and the pie dough was nice and fresh. I’m a fan of pies and of duck, so combine the two, and I get positively giddy.
Milk & Honey Bar’s décor alone should make you want to have a look. But it’s not all show and no go: the food is really lovely. Next time, I seriously want to try the lobster waffle. I mean, it’s a waffle. Topped with a fucking lobster! That’s just peak hipster!
Boozy Foodie (she said):
And yes, repeating what he said!
This is a BEAUTIFUL restaurant – the decor is really something special. Very light and classic – French-inspired and a good measure of ‘bling’ added. I think it is simply stunning.
I guess some people may find the menu a little limited, but I’m happy with a smaller menu if the quality of the meals offered is good. We got some truffle honey popcorn to nibble on – and oysters – totally delicious!
I am a sucker for a good arancini – so of course this tickled my fancy: “Wild Mushroom Arancini – deep fried risotto balls in sage burnt butter, crisply kale and a parmesan crisp”. I know right???
Man, anyone that can make kale interesting has got my vote! This was seriously delicious! So much so that I actually wasn’t sure if I should order a main course – or just another order arancini?
After much deliberating – and Noble Savage getting increasingly impatient becuase he ready for that pie – I decided to order the Cheese Burger.
Red onion marmelade, perfectly cooked patty, a slab of camembert and beer battered onion rings. Magic!
Added some triple fried fries with parmesan and truffle oil – the best ever!
Seeing that the cheese burger was more expensive than the duck pie, I was a little apprehensive to order it (seldom that you see beef is more pricey than duck on a menu), but it was really scrumptious!!
I actually can’t wait to go back – writing this post just made my mouth water all over again! Good service and a great wine list – a lovely Sunday lunch indeed!