Posted by Najib
I had mentioned in my Valentine post that I had dinner at Stove Restaurant and Terrace in Monot. Stove is a restaurant specialized in French cuisine that has opened recently in a beautifully renovated old Lebanese house facing Palais (previously Crystal & Circus).
We sat inside since it’s winter season now and the terrace is not yet open. We were given the wine list menu at first and it was a huge list, mainly containing wine bottles from France and some local ones, with the least expensive one costing around 40$. The inconvenience here, mainly when you’re a couple and one person doesn’t drink much, was that we only had three types of wines to choose from per glass while we had to order the whole bottle otherwise. We ended up ordering two glasses of a white whine from Bourgogne which turned out to be very good.
As for the food, we checked out the menu and it was quite difficult to understand so we asked the waiter for some help and she was very helpful.
We finally settled on ordering marinated salmon and snails with mushrooms as appetizers. Both were really good but the portion sizes were small. Moving on to the main dishes, my gf ordered caramlized pork ribs with pommes fruit (apple) while I had an entrecote with steamed vegetables. The caramelized pork ribs were awesome and my gf could barely finish her platter. The entrecote was as good and very filling as well.
Last but not least, we ordered for dessert pain perdu and a chocolate cake. Chocolate cake was not bad but the pain perdu was so freaking yummy and had lots of rhum which is how i like it, and was almost as good as the one I had at Eau de vie once. Too bad though that they did not have any chocolate fondu on the menu, pretty weird for a french restaurant not to have this.
In all, this is a great place to go for a certain occasion, specially Valentine or a special occasion, as the place is relaxing and calm. However the meals are very sophisticated and the prices relatively high. If you order a decent bottle of wine, two appetizers, two main dishes and dessert, you will end up paying at least 60$ per person.
For those who like cote de boeuf, there are two dishes that you can order for 2 or 4 people if I recall well, each costing over 100$.
If you want to visit Stove, it is recommended that you call and reserve in advance as it is apparently always packed. [Contact Stove]