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L'avis de Gault&Millau
Restaurant Monte, a real gastronomic oasis, is located in the old part of Rovinj, on the top, near the church of St. Euphemia. In 2020 chef Danijel Đekić, together with his wife Tjitske, won the Gault&Millau Trophy Chef of the Year. We were eager to come back to their restaurant. The whole Monte’s team is very coordinated and you can see it in every moment of your stay. There are still 3 tasting menus with well-known names - Red, Green and Blue. But there are some new dishes beside their classic ones. We started the dinner with a series of amuse bouche, and were especially impressed by the summer porcini mushrooms and egg yolk cooked at 65 °C (150°F). The first dish of our Red menu was a combination of cuttlefish, chard and mussels from the Limski kanal. The cuttlefish was great, and the mussels on the leek foam tasted like if the chef had taken them out of the sea a minute before they got on our plate. The next dish was tuna. A beautiful plate dominated by black and red color. The tuna with a sesame crust, perfectly prepared, was exceptional both in taste and texture. Along with small beetroot gnocchi, there were some strips of fried beetroot with a surprise inside – ginger. Its freshness went well with the earthy flavour of the beetroot and the sesame. The last in a series of fish dishes was a technically perfectly executed combination of sea bass, shrimp and artichoke. The sea bass, cooked very precisely, was extremely tasty, the shrimps were sweet and soft, while the almost burnt artichokes had a mild, bitter aroma. The dish was served with a rich crab sauce that was in perfect balance with the sour eggplant cream. The meat sequence – at our opinion - started with the best dish of the evening – a suckling pig from the farm Sure stine cooked for hours, extremely juicy and soft. We really didn’t need a knife to cut it. The side dish was spicy lentils that went well with the sweet meat, the yellow cabbage and the chips made of pork cracklings and kulen (a spicy salami variety from Slavonia, similar to chorizo). The pre-dessert just prepared us for a great finish that was a combination of apple and rose. It was the dish that surprised us the most. At first glance, it is just ice cream with an interpretation of the classic apple pie. But there is so much more. One bite of the ice cream takes you to a garden full of fragrant roses. Not only Monte has once again justified its last year’s award but it raised the bar to an even higher level. If you are a fan of haute cuisine you should definitely head to beautiful Rovinj and treat yourself to a gastronomic trip directed by Monte’s team.