Restaurant Matera, an Italian restaurant helmed by Chef Bjoern Alexander offers modern Italian cuisine with Asian touches. Chef Bjoern Alexander hails from Octavium, a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong. Located in the historic Fullerton Waterboat House, the Italian restaurant’s dining space offers a beautiful view of Esplanade.
@hazeldiary_ 4-course birthday lunch experience at Restaurant Matera, Fullerton Waterboat House #sgfoodie #italiancuisine🇮🇹 #italiancuisine #fullertonwaterboathouse ♬ Queen – Jamison & Kimmie Devereux
The fine-dining restaurant offers set menus for lunch and dinner. The lunch menu starts from S$78.00++ for two courses onwards and dinner menu from S$138.00++ for three courses. Wine pairing options are available too. We made a reservation a month ago for lunch on a weekend.
We tried 4-course lunch menu priced at S$138.00++ per person on our recent visit. Lunch started off with 2 canapes and 2 amuse bouche. They served Mala-style Olives followed by cheese ball for canapes.
And of course,we ordered a glass of champagne each to kick start our lunch.
For Amuse Bouche, we had refreshing and zesty notes from Tartlet filled with shredded pomelo, anchovies and pine nuts and savoury Puff Pastry.
Next, we had the complimentary bread course served with butter and a choice of olive oil. The service crew will push the trolley and showcases the three types of olive oil, a mix of Spanish and French olive oil for diners to choose from. Interesting presentation.
Moving on to the first course. There are two options- Tuna or Foie Gras. I decided to go for Foie Gras marinated for three weeks within house-made concoction along with a slice of brioce made from a 40-year-old family recipe.
Our second course, we had the Spaghettini with additional S$18.00++. Al-dente pasta tossed with Hanasaki crab, chilli and garlic. We waited quite a while for this course as the chef was not satisfied with the first batch. Nevertheless, the pasta course is flavoursome and luxe up with Oscietra Caviar.
For the third course, I chose fish course over beef. Instead of Amadai, I had the Kinmedai fish served with chanterelle mushrooms, Amalfi lemon and carbonara sauce. The fish skin beautifully crisped up and tender in the inside along with chanterelle mushrooms that boast a complex flavor profile with delicate balance of earthiness, tenderness and making an excellent element to the dish.
For desserts, I had the Affogato while my friend decided to add-on S$18.00++ for the Japanese Melon. Affogato is served with vanilla ice-cream, coffee, and caramel while the Japanese Melon is served with limoncello jelly, granita, and tofu ice-cream.
Lastly, we were served Petit Fours that comes with full-sized pineapple tart, bon bon chocolate and mini mooncake version pastry. The petit fours’ size is quite substantial though.
We had an enjoyable lunch session with impeccable service. My friend has mentioned that the lunch is for birthday celebration meal, and they presented us with a plate with “Happy Birthday” written on it along with a candle. Lovely!
If you are planning for a special occasion or a good lunch meal, Matera can be one of your choices to dine in. But do make your reservation in advance before visiting the place.
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3 Fullerton Rd
The Fullerton Waterboat House
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11:45AM-2:00PM | 6:00PM -10:45PM
Tuesday & Wednesday 6:00PM-10:45PM
Closed on Sunday & Monday