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. www.monti.sg