Tuesday 31 December 2019

Monte Risaia – Exquisite Italian Japanese Omakase Dining [MEDIA INVITE]

Signature Uni Pudding @Monte Risaia

Monte Risaia is a new Omakase restaurant specialised in Japanese inspired Italian cuisine. The menu is prepared using premium and seasonal ingredients from Japan. Executive Chef Taizo Yamada and his culinary team, create a delicate and delicious meal.

Monte Risaia Entrance

With its Omakase concept, most of the seating at Monte Risaia is located at the Chef’s Table. Diners will be able to see Chef Yamada with his team at work, preparing the delicious dishes in front of you. It is a dream of a foodie to be able to dine and see the chef at work at the same time. There are two mini private dining area that can seat 4 people each if you want a more traditional seating arrangement.

Main Dining Area - Chef's Table

Private Dining Area

We tried 4-course dinner priced at $98 per person.

The Menu

Starter, Signature Uni Pudding. The Hokkaido Uni is served with clam dashi jelly base. The texture of the pudding is thick, smooth, velvety and creamy. The natural seafood flavour is refreshing and the uni just elevates this dish to a different level. Yummy, a great starter.

Signature Uni Pudding 

Signature Uni Pudding 

The appetiser is a complete palate teaser. It consists of:

The Appetiser

- Fresh Japanese Oysters from Sakoshi Bay that is plump, silky and refreshing

Fresh Japanese Oysters from Sakoshi Bay

- Mushroom (Australian) Salad with Parmesan and Truffle Oil. The mushroom tasted raw, however, together with the parmesan and truffle oil, it helps to smoothen the flavour of the mushrooms.

Mushroom (Australian) Salad with Parmesan and Truffle Oil.

- Sea bream with Asparagus. Combining the delicate flavour and texture of the sea bream with the crunchiness of the asparagus.

Sea bream with Asparagus

- Bruschetta with Arrabbiata on Brioche. Bold tomato flavour served on top of crispy sweet toasted brioche.

Bruschetta with Arrabbiata on Brioche

- San Daniele Ham with Burrata. Delicious ham pair with creamy burrata. A bit mini in size, it was so good that I was hoping for a bigger piece of the burrata.

San Daniele Ham with Burrata

Pasta, Signature Shiso & Omaru Dashi Pasta served with Crab, Shiso (Japanese perilla), Omaru Lobster Dashi and Tomato. The al-dente pasta infused with the robust lobster dashi. The flavour is naturally sweet, accentuate further with the refreshing flavour from Shiso leaves and tanginess from the chopped tomato.

Signature Shiso & Omaru Dashi Pasta

Signature Shiso & Omaru Dashi Pasta

Carne, Maple Leaf Duck from USA and Aging Akagi Wagyu Ichibo (Japan). Both of the meat is cooked perfectly to medium-rare. The duck breast is juicy, succulent with a bit of springiness in the texture. Meanwhile, the lean looking Akagi Wagyu beef is tasty and soft, similar to filet mignon cut. Both meats are lightly sprinkled with salt for taste. The greens on the side are topped with shaved pecorino cheese, olive oil and touch of balsamic vinegar.

Maple Leaf Duck from USA and Aging Akagi Wagyu Ichibo (Japan)

Maple Leaf Duck from USA and Aging Akagi Wagyu Ichibo (Japan)

Maple Leaf Duck from USA

To accompany your dining experience, Monte Risaia has a free flow drink menu list starting from $48 for 90 minutes; or you can order from ala-carte drink menu as well.

Overall, it was a unique gastronomic experience dining Monte Risaia. The dishes are well executed, focusing on Italian dishes with Japanese influence. There is no specific allocated seating time allocated, you just need to make reservation according to the availabilities. Saluti!! Kanpai!! Cheers!!

Thank you very much Jennifer Yeo Consultancy and Monte Risaia Team for hosting us.

Note: Monte Risaia is a concept by the Marusaya Co., Ltd, who also owns MAI by Dashi Master Marusaya at Bukit Pasoh, Dashi Master Marusaya at Robertson Quay and the new Japanese Italian Omakase restaurant, and TEN Sushi at The Quayside.

Food: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 8/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80; $81 and Above

Monte Risaia
59 Duxton Road
Singapore 089523

T: +65 6970 0067
IG: @Monte.risaia.sg
Mon – Sat: 18.00 – Midnight
Closed on Sundays

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