Archive for March 28th, 2011

Da Paolo Gastronomia at myVillage

*Bloggers’ Invite*

When I stayed at Holland Village, I used to like to go into the Da Paolo Gastronomia outlet at Chip Bee Gardens. I would sneak in, sniff around and quickly snap some shots of the lovely food displays, pizzas and cupcakes. Those were the days before I started food blogging seriously, and I always thought the displays looked so pretty. But I was always afraid that the chef would come at me with a butcher’s knife since I didn’t buy anything.

So I was so glad to be invited down for a sampling session lately at the Da Paolo Gastronomia myVillage outlet. Finally, a chance to snap snap snap to my heart’s content! I really loved the Gorgonzola Pizza with Caramelised Onions that we had there. The sweetness of the onions paired so well with the gorgonzola. When I get the chance, I’m going to order myself an entire portion of it, as well as a latte. A latte costs only $3.50! Even my favourite standalone cafes charge more than that! See the last photo for the price list of the drinks.

Did you know, all the ingredients that Da Paolo uses are sourced from Italy? You can purchase the cooked food and eat it right here on the premises.

Da Paolo - Cooked food Selection Da Paolo - Couscous with Rocket and Sweet Potato

Whenever I see things like these, I always imagine buying the lot and throwing a party. Half the job done for you already and everyone will be none the wiser.

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Gorgonzola pizza with caramelised onions

Mmmmm the best “dessert pizza” I’ve had in a long time. The Partner doesn’t think it tastes sweet enough to be called a “dessert pizza”, but I think it does!

Da Paolo Gastronomia - cupcakes  Da Paolo Gastronomia - Pizza Slices Da Paolo Gastronomia - Spinach Tagliatelle

Spinach Tagliatelle. There’s also herb pasta and a few more if you look at the 1st picture. I love the different variations!

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Hello Kitty Wine

Well who would have thought of all the places to get Hello Kitty memorabilia, it would be here, and wine to boot!  .

Da Paolo Gastronomia - Tiramisu

Da Paolo - Sampling Session!

 Mmmm… tasty

Martina of Da Paolo and Darren of CelebrateLah I love this picture! Martina of Da Paolo is from Italy and she demonstrates how the Italians show their appreciation for delicious food. And there’s Darren of CelebrateLah showing his approval of the food at Da Paolo.

Hey the Cafe Latte is only $3.50 and the Hot Chocolate is only $4! I was kind of expecting something more expensive. Will have to try out the drinks some day. Click on the photo to see the drinks price list.

www.dapaolo.com.sg

www.facebook.com/Gastfronomia.SerangoonGardens

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

As promised, here are some photos of the room we had at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. The room size is Atrium Deluxe, with a city view. In my opinion, in the day time, the sea view looks better. Luckily for us, there was no haze and the blue expanse of water was just amazing. It’s too glaring to be looking at the office buildings in Shenton Way during the day time. However, come night time, the roles are reversed. Shenton Way is lit up and makes for really good photos. If you take the city view, you get to enjoy the water show right in your own room at 8pm. But if you take the sea view, you might just be able to catch the sunrise. Take your pick. Whatever the choice, you still can enjoy 360 degree views up at the SkyPark. And don’t forget to ask for early check-in and late check-out to maximise your stay!

Marina Bay Sands Room

Marina Bay Sands Room (2)

Marina Bay Sands Room (3)

Marina Bay Sands Room (5)Marina Bay Sands Room (6)

Rooms: As you can see from the pictures above, the rooms are pretty luxurious! The place looked clean and the decor was modern and soothing. Everything just looks bright and inviting! The bed faces the TV, while the sofa faces the business table. The room size we got was also larger than what I would expect of a normal room in any hotel in Singapore. I found out later that the higher you go, the small the room sizes become. The rooms at the really low floors even have a sort of dining area and perhaps even balconies! Of course the lower floors are nearer to the roads and expressway. It’s a damn good marketing/strategic decision to design the rooms this way I think, then you don’t have to bother with numerous price ranges. Like my colleague with his 9 other friends, they chose the lower floor so that all 10 of them could fit in the room, even though they were originally assigned one of the highest floors. Btw, there wasn’t a bathtub in the room that I got!

Service: Don’t expect stellar service. The staff that we encountered were all pretty aloof. They weren’t rude, but they made no effort to be particularly friendly. They just did their job. You were just another guest, another statistic to them, to be processed. And indeed, the hotel is so big, it just doesn’t exude the homely feeling. The lobby area spans the entire 3 towers. Everyone is just rushing one way or the other. As you can well imagine, there are lots of visitors  who just want to gawk at the place, who aren’t actually staying at the hotel itself.

When I think of the really personal treatment I received at Conrad Singapore, the difference is tremendous. At Conrad Singapore, every staff tries to go out of their way to make your stay wonderful, and they look genuine about. Till today, whenever we happen to be at the Conrad Lobby, this guy Roy still remembers us, greets us and offers to help us, even though we are just passing through. Marina Bay Sands Hotel has the "wow" factor, and I would definitely encourage you to stay there at least once. The stay is definitely enjoyable. However, I can imagine if I were a business visitor from a foreign country having to visit Singapore often, I would rather stay at Conrad than at Marina Bay Sands cuz after a while, the novelty will disappear and what you yearn for would be familiarity and a family feeling.

Marina Bay Sands

Email:inquiries@marinabaysands.com
Tel: +65 6688 8868

Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956

Check out 365days2play’s other posts on Marina Bay Sands

Daniel Boulud DB Bistro Moderne

Rise Restaurant

Photos of the SkyPark

Photos of Marina Bay Sands during the day

Photos of Shenton way in the day and Shenton Way at night. Photos are taken outside Marina Bay Sands Shoppes.

Photos of Atrium Deluxe Room at Marina Bay Sands

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