The glass dome floating on Marina Bay between Clifford Pier and One Fullerton is now home to a new Italian restaurant, Monti. Taking over the space which was occupied by Spanish restaurant Catalunya, Monti at The Fullerton Pavillion is a new destination to dine and party the night away. The modern multi-concept space is an elegant restaurant for Italian food as well as a bar for drinks and craft cocktails with live DJ sets. With its ideal location by the edge of the water, Monti could be a new hip night spot. We visited Monti on a hot afternoon and thought it was a pretty cool place for lunch too.
Hip Dine & Wine Destination
The full name of the new restaurant at The Fullerton Pavillion is Monti At 1-Pavilion. That should be the clue to tip us off that the 1-Rochester Group, the people behind 1-Altitude and Una, has something to do with Monti. The restaurant is a collaboration of the 1-Rochester Group and chef Luigi Calcagno, co-owner of Zibiru Restaurant in Bali. Being part of one of Singapore’s well established lifestyle dining groups means that it can attract high profile DJs like Adam Sky and Stephen Day to help spin a party atmosphere at Monti.
Italian Restaurant & Bar with a View
Monti at the circular Fullerton Pavilion, with the ceiling-high glass windows, have dining tables that will allow enjoyment of a panoramic view of the Marina Bay. The centre raised section of the restaurant houses the bar. The decor is sleek and modern – combining wood and bronze with splashes of colour.
Classic Italian Menu with Modern Twist
The menu of chef Luigi Calcagno includes classic Italian dishes as well as signature dishes given a modern twist. Seafood and meat concoctions are available but their specialties are handmade pasta made using fine Italian Mancini flour and organic hen eggs. Here are pictures of a few pages on Monti’s menu.
We ordered the Invertiti Ravioli ($34) and the Marinated Fermin Iberico Secreto Pork ($38) for lunch. Service Charge and GST would be added to the bill.
There was the usual “sparkling or still” routine but they gladly served us plain water when we asked for it.
The wait for the food was about 15 to 20 minutes. While we waited a basket of bread of different variety was brought out for us to choose. The bread was warm and delicious. The bread basket was brought out again every time we finished a piece we had picked.
The food of Monti Italian Restaurant was attractively presented. The Invertiti was traditional Italian ravioli filled with braised veal osso bucco and served with an interesting cream of bone marrow. The small, round pasta cases were thin and tender. The braised veal with vegetables and light broth were nicely sealed inside the pillow soft pasta. The ravioli was served with Parmesan cheese, herbs, citrus juice and olive oil. It looked simple but it was a rich, complex pasta dish and was delicious. The zesty citrus made the dish even more interesting and delightful.
The Marinated Fermin Iberico Secreto Pork was the “secret cut” from the Ibérico pigs of Spain. The pork was cooked to a medium doneness and served on a bed of polenta and Parmesan cheese with chanterelle mushrooms. (The “secret cut” is apparently the cut from between the shoulder blade and the loin of the prized Iberian pigs, although there is no widely agreed definition.)
The Secreto Pork looked just liked normal grilled pork made to appear more attractive by serving it with the golden yellow maize porridge. The initial bite did not do anything to excite us. However, we slowly began to appreciate the combination of richness, tenderness and firmness of the meat. After a few bites, the flavour of the lightly seasoned pork really came through. Like a well kept secret, with some persistence you could uncover something nice and juicy at the end. That was the case with the Monti’s tasty Secreto Pork.
Welcomed new addition to the F&B Scene
With its great location by the edge of Marina Bay and hip DJs, Monti at the Fullerton Pavilion have all the ingredients to become the new hot nightspot. From our experience, Monti at the Fullerton Pavilion would also be a nice place for lunch and an even more attractive option for dinner. The place has a laid back elegance. The service was professional and friendly. The food was interesting and enjoyable. Monti at the Fullerton Pavilion is a welcomed new addition to Singapore’s F&B scene.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Monti at the Fullerton Pavillion
82 Collyer Quay, Fullerton Pavilion
Tel: +65 65350724
Wed – Fri : 12pm-3pm
Mon – Thurs : 6pm – 1am
Fri & Sat: 6pm- 4am
Nearby MRT Stations – Raffles Place, Telok Ayer, Bayfront