THE FULL MONTY. If you’re in the mood for good food served in elegant surroundings without the trappings of elaborate themes and extravagant embellishments, head over to Monty’s (Jl. Senopati Raya no. 84, Jakarta; +62 21 7279 2323; montys.co.id)
The semi/fine-dining establishment features cozy, reasonably private seating and an impressive Western-styled menu. Of particular note is the delightfully light truffle cheese soufflé (surprisingly, savory soufflés are not as well-known as their sweet cousins) and a heavenly finisher consisting of a spicy chili-chocolate cake with fresh raspberries, frozen raspberries, raspberry meringue and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A dinner for two or a mellow affair for a dozen, Monty’s comes highly recommended.