Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt of the Bentley group are an impressive team. They are the perfect storm of leading gastronomic talent and acclaimed expertise in wine pairing that is simply unmatched. At Monopole, with Chef Chris Benedet leading the team, they have a formula that is part wine bar, part restaurant and always cutting edge.
The long, narrow space is all bar and open kitchen on one side and cosy and warm on the other. With dark features, and all manner of things draped from the ceiling, it provides a welcoming and intimate atmosphere.
The menu allows for ultimate flexibility in range, style and size of dish. There is an impressive selection of house-cured meats, and all the dishes are easily shared. The simple combination of avocado, scallop and wasabi delivers layers of flavour, balanced in temperature and seasoning. The kingfish with mandarin and malt is skilfully prepared: bright, clean, salty and balanced with richness and acid, providing a textural contrast with attention to detail in the seasoning and temperature.
PSST! If you have time, the tasting menu at $70 per person is a delight … and a steal!