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Il Lido Sentosa

Il Lido Sentosa - Prime Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus and Truffles Sauce (2)

 Prime Beef Tenderloin with Asparagus and Truffles Sauce

Il Lido’s been having this great promotional deal with DBS where you get 50% discount off your bill if you spend above $200 before tax. DBS sends you the voucher on your birthday month, and I believe only if they deem you to be one of their exclusive customers. How we ever got onto that list of exclusive customers, I have no idea but I’m not complaining.

Since it is such a great deal, I decided to dine at Il Lido again for my birthday for the 2nd year running. I took the weekend set meal for $58.

Il Lido Sentosa - Complimentary Bread

 Complimentary Bread

Good bread is hard to find and for restaurants that manage to bake a good crusty loaf, I often find it hard to resist tearing the bread apart and slathering butter that is almost as big as the bread pieces. The baguette’s a personal favourite of mine and if you haven’t tried baguettes fresh out of the oven, you’re missing one of life’s simple wonders.

Il Lido Sentosa - Cantaloupe Soup

Cantaloupe Soup

Cold and refreshing. Might do well as a dessert too as it is slightly sweet.

Il Lido Sentosa - Amuse Bouche Risotto Balls (1)

Amuse Bouche Risotto Balls

4 little balls of breaded balls filled with hot piping cheesy risotto. The crusty exterior was nice, but I was hoping for more than just rice and cheese encased within.

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In love with Il Lido – Super Set Lunch Part 2

So we happened to get another DBS birthday month 50% discount voucher for Il Lido in February. It is not my usual practice to return to the same restaurant so soon, such is the job limitations of a food blogger! However, because we had such a good time there in January, I just couldn’t come up with a better venue for my own birthday. So off we trooped to Il Lido again.

They didn’t have the same Super Weekend Set Lunch $68 that I had in January. Instead, they had another weekend set lunch for $58. For the set lunch, this time round only 2 appetisers, 1 mains and 1 dessert, instead of the 5 appetisers, 5 mains and 4 desserts!!!! I was therefore quite torn between getting an ala carte dish vs the set lunch. The suckling pig was also $58, and totally calling out for me to eat him. Variety won in the end and I went for the set.

On the whole, the new set menu was very good too. It’s just that having sampled the SUPER set menu, there was basis for comparison. And as you know, where there is comparison, there is discontent, if you’re on the wrong side of it. Nevertheless, YOU haven’t tried the super set menu, so don’t let me cloud your judgement.

Il Lido - Amuse Bouche Amuse Bouche to keep your mouth entertained while they prepare the real stuff

Il Lido - Gaspacho Another Amuse Bouche…keep it coming!

Il Lido - Roasted Scallops with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Blueberry Caramel Roasted Scallops with Chanterelle Mushrooms and Blueberry Caramel

I was quite right to expect that since there were lesser dishes, each dish would be more substantial. These scallops were roasted to perfection. They were very tender, juicy and still retained their seafoody taste. Went very well with the interesting blueberry caramel as well as the mushrooms.

Il Lido - Linguine with Clams and Chanterelle Mushrooms Linguine with Clams and Chanterelle Mushrooms

Hmmm they seem to have given us Fettuccine instead of linguine, but never mind, I actually like Fettuccine more. This pasta dish was extremely delicious! The pasta was cooked just right and had a firmness to it. It absorbed the rich clam broth and every mouthful was so pleasurable. It was a GREAT PITY that I didn’t order this as my mains. I am definitely coming back for this dish itself as an ala carte order $35. NOT GOING TO SHARE. This was really good!!! Star dish of the day!!! Order this if you don’t know what else to order!

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In love with Il Lido – Super Weekend Set Lunch

Il Lido has always been etched in my mind as a really top notch restaurant, not least thanks to my ex-boss, who so favoured dining at Il Lido for business lunches and special occasions, so much so that the staff remember his special requests. In fact, I partook in one of those special occasions, the boss’s birthday(!), and that eventually became my 1st ever food review on 365days2play!  (In case you are wondering, that was way back in 2008, and I subsequently resurrected the blog again in mid 2010.)

Back in those days, Il Lido had these colourful plastic chairs, and my 1st impression upon stepping through the front door was “You must be JOKING. My boss finds this place ATAS?” The food and service quickly changed my mind. I was glad to find that in my recent visit in January 2012 that they’d gotten rid of those unbecoming chairs. They still have those chairs at the al fresco area, which I think is more appropriate given that it is outdoors.

Il Lido Sentosa (3) Looks quite fine, don’t you think?

So in late Jan 2012, thanks to a DBS birthday treat coupon which gave us a 50% discount, we were able to sample the delights at Il Lido again. Actually, it’s not terribly expensive to dine at Il Lido. Mains are about $35 – $60. Appetisers are about $20 and desserts are in excess of $10. Contrary to popular belief, I am not a big eater, so I almost never order an appetiser and dessert all on my own. Set lunches/dinners are different as the restaurants kind of scale down the size of the food anyway. And of course, for buffets, I bring my other stomach, you know the bigger capacity one.

Back in January, they were having this wonderful weekend set lunch menu, which comprised of FIVE appetisers and FIVE mains, FOUR desserts and coffee/tea for $68+++. I mean seriously, is this a good deal or what??? The portions are all smaller than usual, but still, the total amount was sizable. I really love menus like these. I don’t know about you, but I have the perpetual problem of not knowing what to order. Usually it’s because there are so many attractive dishes I want to order, rather than the lack of something interesting.

So….presenting the appetisers! Portions are for 2 pax

Il Lido Sentosa Goose Liver Goose Liver

Il Lido Sentosa - Octopus Terrine Octopus Terrine

Il Lido Sentosa - Parma Ham Parma Ham

Il Lido Sentosa Caprese Caprese

Il Lido Sentosa Calamari Calamari

Phew, 5 appetisers man! All of them were super delicious. My personal favourite was obviously the foie gras. Just can’t go wrong with that. Also loved the texture of the octopus terrine. Don’t believe I’ve ever had an octopus terrine before and I really loved the bouncy feel. The Calamari also had a nice bouncy texture and didn’t taste oily at all. Parma Ham and rock melon was another winning combination. In fact, for a cheese lover like me, the caprese was the least outstanding, which goes to show how good the other appetisers were.

Next up, the Main Courses. Portions are for 2 pax.

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Happy Birthday to ME!

Happy Birthday to Me Cake

Happy Birthday to me….. I made this chocolate birthday cake because no one else wanted to buy a cake for me. I know how because BITC taught me how. Valrhona chocolate on the inside, Ghirardelli chocolate on the outside. I think it looks quite okay, if I say so myself. It could have been better but I didn’t have a turntable and I had to use the plastic plate as a makeshift base instead of a proper one. I made this at home last night, iced it this morning, and brought it to Il Lido restaurant for my birthday lunch. I wanted to pipe rosettes but there wasn’t enough time. Il Lido kindly provided a little candle plus the white plate.

Happy Birthday to Me Cake slice I ate the ME slice of course…

I celebrated my birthday with my parents and The Partner at Il Lido today. Yesterday, I had a pre-birthday celebration with The Partner at The Prime Society in Dempsey. I had the most fantastic piece of meat I have eaten in a very long time, perhaps ever to date. It was SO DELICIOUS it was almost unbelievable. It was a Wagyu Tri-Tip. More about that in a separate post.

Next week, the celebrations will continue as The Partner will take me to Guy Savoy. Looking forward to that, although I may have to postpone it to space out the rich food. Oh and Restaurant Week’s at the end of March and my friend is taking me to Brasserie Les Saveurs at St Regis. It’s good food galore. Man I love celebrating my birthday like the King of Thailand (ie month long….)

AND, The Partner is taking me to the Tott Store to pick out a kitchen gadget as my birthday gift. Can’t wait!

Birthday lunch at Il Lido

Today we treated our boss to a birthday lunch at the “famous” Il Lido. I had heard much about this Il Lido, which is like his most favourite restaurant. And him being a man of high tastes, I expected no less from Il Lido. I’d actually never been to the restaurant before, for some reason, every time there is a special event, we go to some other restaurant instead.

I was slightly disappointed to be frank. The ambience was not good. There were colourful plastic chairs in the restaurant! Which self-respecting restaurant that caters to the business crowd does that? The boss said that they set the tables differently at night, but I’m not so sure if they go to the extent of changing the chairs as well. And if you know me, I place high marks for ambience. The view was very nice though. The restaurant was up on top of the hill in Sentosa, and faced the sea. For this reason itself, I plan to go back again.

Foodwise, I had nothing to complain about though. We all had the $45 set lunch. Today, that comprised of:-

Appetiser:- Cheese and vegetable salad OR Zucchini Soup

Mains:- Red Snapper or Breaded Lamb

Dessert:- Vanilla Pudding

I took the salad. Strangely, the vegetables were cooked. There was a whole piece of melted camembert sitting on top of the vegetables, and if you know me, I never complain about having too much cheese. Everyone found the cooked vegetables strange for the salad, and in fact, those who took the zucchini soup ended up having a greener dish that the salad. Everyone loved the mains, I loved my breaded lamb very much. It’s basically what it sounds like, that is lamb in breadcrumbs. As for dessert, we had decadent chocolate cake on the house because of the birthday. For those of you who are in search of the perfect chocolate cake, this one can’t go far. There was so much chocolate in it, I had a hard time finding the cake part! We also had the vanilla jelly pudding, which was supposed to be the dessert served. Going beside the chocolate cake, I couldn’t taste the pudding anymore.  I only identified it as a vanilla pudding due to the black flecks in it.

In conclusion, I will definitely be back. $45 for a supposedly high class restaurant isn’t bad at all. But if you ask me, my favourite is still Garibaldi at Purvis Street.

Read about my more recent visit to Il Lido in Jan 2012.

 

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