The Sizzling Monkey, Does Your Monkey Sizzle?
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to meet with the owners of the new restaurant, The Sizzling Monkey. I was honored to be able to enjoy a private, preview of their menu. My time with the couple was quite refreshing and intriguing.
The vision for The Sizzling Monkey is fresh, new and fun.
The name of the restaurant is very interesting. One of the first questions I asked was why the name The Sizzling Monkey? Ashley Mouton has loved monkey’s since she was a child. She said when they began to talk about the name of the restaurant, she knew Monkey had to be a part of the name. Hence, The Sizzling Monkey.
The name The Sizzling Monkey is very playful, relaxed and laid back.
Mr. Winston is the name of the Monkey that is sort of the Mascot for the restaurant. Ashley had a custom piece of art was designed specifically for the restaurant. I didn’t see the painting in person but I saw a picture of it and it will be an eye catcher.
Ashley is a visionary and knows exactly what she wants. She is very driven and works hard to get to the goal.
Ashley has been in the industry for about 16 years. So she knows her stuff when it comes to restaurants and running a successful business.
As we walked through the building, it was being converted into a newer, clean, elegant restaurant. Her taste and the design of the restaurant was impeccable. I can’t wait to see the final transformation.
Now that you know a little about The Sizzling Monkey, let’s check out the food. Above is the dish, Mr. Winston. This dish consisted of a toasted french bread that was topped with a made from scratch boudin patty, ham, poached egg, bacon, a homemade hollandaise sauce and green onions.
A superb dish. The boudin patty was well seasoned. The hollandaise sauce was so good. All the components on this dish married so well together. A must try!
Mr. Winston will be available on their brunch menu. Brunch will be on Saturdays and Sundays. The brunch will be a Cajun/Creole Brunch menu with live Music.
Below is the Oyster plate. The dish consist of 3 different style of Oysters. The Firehouse, The Buffalo and The Raw.
The Firehouse was oysters topped with pepper jack cheese, jalapeños and bacon. Wow! Oh so good. Packed with heat! I loved the jalapeños on top. Nice twist.
My only complaint was that I wished my cheese was melted more. The restaurant didn’t have all their appliances the day of my tasting. So I know that its just a kink.
The Buffalo, an oyster topped with blue cheese, green onions, celery and buffalo sauce. So not what I expected. Blew me away! I am not a Blue Cheese girl, but that was scrumptious. Well balanced flavors.
The Raw was just what it said raw. You can top it with hot sauce and eat it with crackers or if you are brave go all in and chug it alone.
The oysters are served on a bed of arugula lettuce and with your own bottle of hot sauce to keep. Love the presentation.
The Bleu Beef Surf N Turf is below. The steak was cooked medium and topped with blue cheese and the shrimp was grilled and served on a bed of Arugula lettuce. The steak was cooked well and lightly seasoned in order to balance the flavors of the blue cheese. The shrimp was seasoned and grilled to perfection.
One suggestion would be a light sauce on the shrimp and arugula. But overall the dish was incredible. A really good entree option. For the Surf and Turf you have the option of Shrimp or Scallops.
For dessert, we had the fried plantains with angel cream, vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle. So so good. The plantains are made with a tempura batter with sugar. This dessert will be served as a Plantain Foster Dessert. An excellent dessert.
Chef Blake Fontenot is designing a menu that will include housemade sauces and dishes.
One of the things that will be different about The Sizzling Monkey’s menu is that their goal is to deliver several items to the table sizzling. The menu will also include a Cuban flare consisting of original Cuban Recipes. In addition the menu will revolve around on the rock which is a Hot Stone.
The Sizzling Monkey is bringing an experience and atmosphere that will be like no other place here in Lafayette. In addition to delicious food, The Sizzling Monkey is also an Event Venue and Lounge.
First impression, great location. Had great expectations. Some of which proved itself true, Others was somewhat disappointed.. Sat on the patio, ordered double shot of straight JD on the rocks. Came back watered down. Informed the waiter it wasn't what I ordered, he said he did see the bartender splash a little water in it and said said the next drink he would get it right. Excuse me, that next drink should have been on the house. Next the flounder was suppose to be topped with crabmeat. Nope, had some type of shrimp sauce. Asked the waiter about it, he said thats what it comes with. However, thats not how its adverstised. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 6. You decide.
The Sizzling Monkey, Media Preview Day
The Sizzling Monkey is a Steakhouse, Bar and Event Venue. The Sizzling Monkey is becoming one of Lafayette’s newest hot spot in the Downtown area.
The decor of the Sizzling money is very upscale combined with a rustic feel and touches of contemporary accents.
The restaurant offers a casual-fine dining atmosphere. With a menu inspired by Cuban and Cajun influences.
Mr. Winston holds a very special place in the dining room.
The restaurant is divided into 3 different areas. Below is the Red Bar, the Red Bar is gorgeous with wood accents and offers a clean look. The Red Bar was my favorite area.
The Red Bar had Televisions, perfect for watching the big game.
Different Monkey photos, accents and visuals are present through out the entire building.
Now for what you came here to read about the food. Below is the Monkey Mishap minus the the Gin. The Monkey Mishap is one of their Cocktails that The Sizzling Monkey offers.
I love fruity drinks but I don’t drink alcohol. The Monkey Mishaps was made for me as a virgin drink.
The chicken slider was superb. A hawaiian slider bun with chicken and bacon, similar to a chicken salad sandwich. Good flavor.
Below is the Cuban Sandwich. The Cuban Sandwich consisted of a smoked pork shoulder, swiss cheese, dill pickles and deli sliced ham with yellow mustard. So good.
We also had a chance to try Masitas de Puerco and the Chicken Balas. The Masitas de Puerco (on the left) a crispy pork that is marinated in citrus and savory garlic served with a Mojo Criollo aioli. The pork with the dipping sauce was delicious.
The Masitas de Puerco (on the right) butterflied chicken breast, jalapeño, cream cheese and pineapple wrapped in bacon and served with roasted red cream sauce. The sauce was delicious. The chicken was cooked well, not dry.
The main event of the day was the reveal of the Lava Rock. The Lava Rock was heated in a special oven to 440 degrees. The protein is seasoned and cooked right on The Rock, hence On the Rocks as the menu item.
Scallops, Shrimp, Chicken, Filet, Tuna and Ribeye was seasoned and cooked on the Lava Rock.
The items are cooked and buttered as they cook to prevent the food from drying out.
Below is the Tuna, the Scallops and the Filet. I tried the Scallop and the Tuna. The Scallop was cooked perfectly and absolutely beautiful sear on the Scallop. The Tuna was moist and not overcooked. Perfectly seasoned. The butter sauce was perfect on the Tuna.
The Lava Rock remains hot for 45 minutes. This will make for a great conversation piece and an amazing dining experience. I am already planning our visit to enjoy this hands on opportunity to try the Lava Rock.
After the Media Preview Event, my friend and I decided to hang around and try a few additional appetizers.
Above is the Zucchini Fries. The Zucchini is battered, fried and served with a dipping sauce. We didn’t try this one, but I wanted to photograph it for the sake of the blog. The presentation of the fries were on point and they looked delicious.
Above is the Lobster Balls. House Macaroni and cheese, lobster, deep fried and served with a roasted red cream sauce. This appetizer was so good. Chunks of lobsters and cream macaroni. Superb.
Lastly we tried the Monkey Oysters. The toppings for the oyster was cream cheese, candied jalapeños, red peppers, pepper jack cheese and bacon. The toppings were a great choice. But my only complaint is that the oysters were not Chargrilled but more on the raw side. I am ok with raw but I prefer Chargrilled.
My friend and I had a great time at the Media Preview Event. The Sizzling Monkey’s Grand Opening is Friday, February 26th from 11 am – closing. All appetizers will be 50% off during the Grand Opening.
Head on over and support The Sizzling Monkey and help make their Grand Opening a huge success.
“Everyone deserves to add a little sizzle to their day with scrumptious food”.