Montecito is beautiful. It’s not just the decor that makes one feel that way, it’s the ambiance. The decor has a classic parlour feel. Inside, on your left high ceilings and an open kitchen frame the main dining area. Straight ahead a large, lavish staircase guides one up to the second floor semi private dining area on the left. To the right, black and white photos of well known actors guide the way to a small bar/event space overlooking the bustle of Adelaide.
Back down on the main level, in the other room, is the main bar. A large bar. Solid. A heavy mix of wood and stone. On Fridays its half price bottles of champagne and oysters for a dollar. Surprise! My birthday fell on a FRIDAY and so we came to celebrate. Juicy plump east coast oysters (expertly shucked I must add) tasted sublime – overflowing with oyster-liquor.
Montecito also has one of the BEST pizza ovens in the city. So naturally we had to order a Margarita topped with fragrant basil on a sweet-savory red sauce with a hint of pepper.
A few weeks later we came back for the Montecito Sunday Brunch. Eggs anyway you like, seafood towers (smoked salmon, shrimps, oysters, crab legs, crab dip), charcuturie, rich toasts, meat pies, cheeses, sausages and cool salads.
There is usually a hot station as well. We enjoyed roasted pork with lettuce wraps and assorted Korean sauces. They even have FRIED CHICKEN – and its good.
In the parlour bar area there are pastries galore. Danishes, flaky croissants, chocolate puddings…