Food and Travel (Singapore) - - New Bites -

The lone spher­i­cal Fuller­ton Pav­il­ion by Ma­rina Bay has al­ways been a des­ti­na­tion for an ex­quis­ite din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s now home to Monti, where the art deco-in­dus­trial in­te­rior trans­ports you to an un­der­ground es­tab­lish­ment in the 1920s. Emer­ald green and mus­tard coloured vel­vet chairs line the curved floor-to-ceil­ing glass win­dows for an un­hin­dered view of the bay area.

On the menu are head chef Luigi Calcagno’s con­tem­po­rary re­it­er­a­tions: tra­di­tional Ital­ian in­gre­di­ents and flavours as­sem­bled in fash­ion­ably new ways such as us­ing Bor­lotti beans in a seed and nut salad mix called Su­per­food (S$24).

The bold mod­ernistic at­ti­tude carry into the desserts as well, where pas­try chef Jas­min Chew ex­cites with the Ho Di­men­ti­cato Il Si­gato (S$16), a choco­late cigar in­fused with the herba­ceous notes of lap­sang sou­chong (a black tea from Fu­jian) served with a smoky olive oil ash. But it’s the sim­ple dishes that truly im­press. We can’t for­get the La Sig­nora Lu­ciana (S$16), well-cooked baby squid in cherry to­mato broth served with slices of bread, and In­ver­titi (S$34), freshly made ravi­oli pasta stuffed with tender braised veal os­sobuco with bone mar­row cream and lemon zest.

◆ 82 Col­lyer Quay, Fuller­ton Pav­il­ion. Tel: 65/6535-0724.

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