It has been some time since we last visited Montana Brew Bar in POMO, a small shopping mall in the Selegie area located between Cathay Cineplex and Park Lane. Montana still looks roughly the same but compared to our first visit two years ago, it has dated a bit. Like some other cafes, it has also planted an old scooter for display – a move which we felt is so clichéd and unnecessary. Service thankfully remained as friendly as before. It is a nice and convenient place to adjourn to after watching a movie at Cathay.
The front part of Montana Brew Bar is cool and slightly dark. The back end is sunny and warm. It is tough to decide which area to sit at. In the end, coolness won. Montana has also started a new dessert bar called Sweet Mary’s. It is located one floor below and connected by a staircase. We will share with you the desserts that we had in our next post.
Montana Brew Bar’s menu
Montana Brew Bar’s menu features a selection of casual Western dishes and a long list of drinks. The wine list looks extensive but the choices for wines by the glass were limited. The white wine listed was not available. We accepted the substitute which we were told was a chardonnay. We did not ask and they did not tell us further details. The $12.80 set lunch and $10.90 student set, presumably aimed at the students from nearby campus such as SOTA, SMU and Kaplan look interesting. Unfortunately we are neither students nor were there on a weekend so we ordered from the a la carte menu.
The coconut cold brew coffee ($6.80) is a good way to start brunch. The set-up looks like a science experiment. Both the coffee and the ice ball had been infused with coconut flavour. The combined coconut flavour is there but remains subtle. This is one of the better cold brews in Singapore that we have tried.
The waffles at Montana Brew Bar is one of their strong points and we were happy to note that the Southern Fried Chicken Waffle ($16) was as good as before. Light, crisp waffles with tender moist chicken – a great combination. It is also a convenient item for sharing as it can be broken cleanly into half.
The mushroom cheese burger ($12.90) was a compact no frills burger. It has no truffles oil or fancy flavours but its meaty taste was exactly as we imagined a simple well cooked burger should be. Very good and reasonably priced.
The garlic crab pasta ($20) was the most expensive dish but quite ordinary in comparison with the other items. The crabmeat content was quite generous but the seafood taste was not ideal.
Overall, some things have changed at Montana Brew Bar, but thankfully the key ingredients – good food, service and reasonable prices were still there.
Overall Rating: 5 TOPs
1 Selegie Road
Tel : +65 9833 1790
Nearby Stations : Dhoby Ghaut; Bras Basah
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