As promised from our last Monkey's Corner post, we went back to take better photos and we had the truffle menu. Yumm! We love truffle season.
At the time of our visit, the Covid restrictions were easing and Chef Poernomo fame was growing, thanks to MasterChef. We booked for the 20:15 time slot and had to wait till 20:40 for our seating. This gave me plenty of time to browse the Koi Desserts menu 😍.
Another thing I appreciated about Monkey's Corner is their use of e-menus. You scan the QR code on the table and boop, menu is on your phone. No need to touch the paper menus that countless others have touched with their germs.
Our first dish was a delicious ox tongue, beef fat, chives and lime for $15. Each piece was delicately cut and jammed pack full of savoury flavours. The chives added a nice touch of earthy freshness to the bite. It was a great light snack / entree.
One thing we like to do is let the bartender recommend and make whatever they want. Mick got a spin off of the El Juliano (gin, elderflower, lemongrass, ginger beer). The guy said he replaced the ginger beer with another hard liquor LOL.
And I ordered the Passion Lady (chilli tequila, passion fruit, pineapple, cointreau). It had a light kick with a strong fruity essence. The tequila was tolerable and did not remind me of drunken nights *shudder, tequila*
Moving on with food, this was the delicious crack bowl, foie gras, wagyu rump cap, onion sauce for $48. Extra truffle would have been an extra $15 so we opted out on adding it on top of this bowl. It was a little hefty but oooft, the moment we ate it, we thought it was worth the money. The bowl size fitted in the palm of our hands.
Okay so this wagyu bowl was friggin' delish. The wagyu had that beautiful medium rare colour and its flesh was tender and juicy. The foie gras was THICC, fatty and delectable. The sweetness from the onion sauce elevated the meaty juices and helped blend everything together in a synchronized bite. Everything was saturated well. There was a good balance between the portions and the rice. We chowed this down sooo fast and wished it wasn't so expensive so we could order another.
Look at the details on that truffle 😋. This was the wagyu with onion sauce, soft eggs and rice with added WA Manjimup Black Truffle for $37 ($22 plus the added truffle for $15). We had finished a very rich bowl so coming to this one we felt everything individually was mild in flavour but when combined together in a bite, it was a lot stronger. This may be due to the nature of the truffle. We liked that the truffle amount overflowed into the bowl. Again, this was a well balanced dish with a good amount of rice.
In this bowl, there was no foie gras to soak in the onion sauce so we felt it was more dictated by the onion's sweetness. Overall it was still delicious for its price, but not as spectacular as the first bowl.
Holy fuck, Monkey's Corner are not stingy when it comes to their truffle shavings. This was the WA Manjimup black truffle pasta and woah, this simple dish was so goooooood. There was a slight sweetness and a well-balanced umami flavour. The egg noodles had this freshness to their bouncy texture, and we found the bounciness unique for "pasta". It was similar to an Asian noodle. The squid ink was salted and not overpowering. The truffles were a beautiful touch and enhanced the sweetness of this dish.
Lastly we ordered the spicy trout belly tartare on rice. This bowl was so-so. We felt it was a little dry because there was no sauce to melt the rice and trout layer together. The trout itself was really good; smooth and fatty with a little kick. The roe brought a salty touch and the lime helped cut through the spice. We were getting full by this point and couldn't finish this bowl. Sad.
We have always enjoyed our dining experiences at Monkey's Corner. We do think some bowls are overpriced for its size (coming from an Asian household where rice is cheap like water) but it will not stop us from returning. If you must know, the bill was $160 for 2.
Thanks for reading, happy eating!