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The essence of modern Australian cuisine | Monte Alto Restaurant Crows Nest
What exactly is modern Australian cuisine? You might trip over this phrase, if you try and force it into a box.
When it comes to food, Aussies tend to draw inspiration from the many cultures that live here.
We're a nation marked by diversity, with a timeline that stretches back more than 40 000 years. As such, there's no single way to define modern Australian food.
And we're thankful for that!
It gives our talented chefs the chance to whip up delicious, nourishing and affordable dishes that charm your senses. Monte Alto delivers a dining experience that isn't restricted by borders, while capturing the Australian spirit:
- Sun, sea and bushland: quality produce from coastlines and green fields.
- Down-to-earth, rustic flavours that pack a punch.
- A relaxing atmosphere for spending time with family and friends.
- Unwind with a glass (or two): we have one of the largest collections of gin and whisky on the North Shore!
Cafe by day, bar and restaurant by night | Monte Alto Restaurant Crows Nest
At Monte Alto, we're all about versatility, which is why our cafe transforms into a restaurant and bar at night.
We want you to feel special when you dine with us. We consistently deliver top-quality food and service, but we also add a touch of novelty, to spice things up. Our team go out of their way to create a family-friendly, wheelchair accessible environment that allows you to blissfully indulge.
Perhaps this is why we were nominated as a finalist for the 2017 Local Business Awards.
Home-roasted coffee from around the world - a rare treat:
Is there anything better than a cup of coffee that practically caresses your soul? Probably not. At Monte Alto, we're famous for serving quality coffee that brings people to our door.
You'll be hard pressed to find another restaurant in Crows Nest that roasts their coffee on-site (home-roasted coffee is rare). This traditional approach has earned us a glowing reputation among coffee fanatics. They love that we import the finest beans from nations that have mastered this art.
We may be all about modern Australian cuisine, but we're not averse to taking your taste buds for a trip around the world either!
Breakfast at the Monte Alto Cafe Crows Nest:
If you join us in the morning, you'll dine in our warm and inviting cafe. Our breakfast menu features classics such as bacon and eggs, as well as gluten-free dishes like poached pear bircher and avocado & quinoa salad. For those who crave a sleep-in, you can enjoy a lazy brunch until 2:30 pm on weekends.
Lunch at the Monte Alto Cafe Crows Nest:
Lunch at Monte Alto is a real treat, with plenty of variety to choose from - whether you opt for a classic cheese burger, a moorish salad or something else entirely. All our menus include tantalising gluten-free, vegetarian and low-calorie (keto) dishes that really hit the spot. Let us know if you have any food intolerances and we'll see what we can do (we want everyone to enjoy modern Australian cuisine). We serve lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Dinner at the Monte Alto Restaurant Crows Nest:
For a more intimate dining experience, come along for dinner and drinks at our restaurant and bar. Our starters are perfect for sharing and you can't go wrong with our signature halloumi fries (crunchy and melty). House specials include grass-fed scotch fillet, pesto pasta, coffee-rubbed pork roast (!) and eggplant parmigiana. Our tantalising dessert menu features belgian chocolate mousse cake - a hit among chocoholics in particular.
You're welcome to join us at the bar, even if you don't feel like modern Australian cuisine. We stock the finest gins, wines and premium whiskies from around the world. Our collection is the largest in the North Shore!