Adding the words "Sunset Seafood Bistro" to its name along with Top Chef season 2 alum Josie Smith-Malave, who worked there back in 1996, Monty's is all spruced up and will be ready for its close-up sometime in March. A 20-foot raw bar and a new menu promises food that's not only edible, but worthy of even a food snob's appetite. "My focus is to get back to the basics beginning with exceptional ingredients, applying proper cooking techniques and carefully tasting each dish to ensure they are all simply delicious! I promise to offer straight forward cooking that makes you keep coming back for more! Besides, who has our view?!" said Smith-Malave.
In addition to fresh fish, the so-called Global Soul Chef is planning regional menu items. Among them: New England Steamers, Lil Po’ boy fried clams, Hawaiian Ahi Poke, Bahamian Conch and Fluke Tiradito ceviches as well as Southern Fried Chicken Nugget Sliders; Pop Rocks tempura rock shrimp, mango, chili aioli; and “Wingin’ It” Floribean spice rubbed chicken wings with tropical glaze. Appetizers range from $8-$14 and entrees range from $13-$26. And then there's the booze, because, while Monty's may be hip again, it sure ain't sober. Expect "Ibiza inspired soirees" with local and national live music during the Saturday Brunch from 2pm-6pm and a daily “Sunset Hour” from 4pm-7pm featuring drink specials.
For a good preview, Monty’s is hosting Miami International Boat Show-inspired ‘Sunset Hour’ today and tomorrow from 4pm-8pm on the waterfront featuring discounted beers along with additional drink specials, and $6 frozen caipirinhas and raw bar specials on Saturday and Sunday starting at 2pm along with live music by Brendan O’Hara and spinning by local DJs.[EaterWire]