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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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The Olive Restaurant

There were 2 dining establishments during our stay at Resorts World Genting that were particularly memorable. One of them was The Bakery at Maxims Hotel. That was where we withdrew for the day to relax over a cup of coffee and catch up on our social networks via the free WIFI. The other memorable dining establishment was The Olive Restaurant, just a stone’s throw away from The Bakery actually.

Of the entire 3D2N that we spent at Resorts World Genting, The Olive was single-handedly the most memorable restaurant we visited. The Olive is a fine-dining restaurant and without a doubt, the food was impeccable. The service was excellent too. If I were to return to Genting again and had extra cash to spare, I would most definitely visit The Olive.

The Olive - (2)

We were the 1st customers to arrive at the restaurant at 6pm on a Sunday evening. Love the elegant ambience and lighting.

The Olive - Complimentary Hot Bread

The complimentary bread was excellent! The breads were kept nice and warm in the napkin. Don’t be put off by this black bread, cuz it’s squid ink bread! It was absolutely lovely and it’s one of those places where you could just eat loads and loads of bread and be contented.

The Olive - Pan Seared Foie Gras with sweet & savoury brioche, port poached apple, toasted hazelnuts and tangerine caramel sauce RM 128 (3)

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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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Santi at Marina Bay Sands

If you haven’t already heard the news, Santi, one of Marina Bay Sand’s celebrity restaurants will close for good on 11 March 2012. The news came as a sad shock to me because I had a really wonderful time there last year when the Partner surprised me with a sumptuous dinner at Santi followed by a stay at MBS.

I suppose the thought of whether Santi would ever be around permanently must have crossed the minds of many ever since the passing of chef Santi Santamaria a year ago on 16 February 2011. Still, when Santi the restaurant didn’t close soon after, I began to think it would be around longer. Hence the reason why I delayed this post for so long! So I guess it’s now or never…. I don’t know if they still have space available, but if they do, and if you have spare dough, you really have to give Santi a try by 11 March 2012!

Me at Santi Me and the Partner at Santi. We got a nice seat overlooking the Shoppes.

For me, Santi was a wonderful experience right from the minute I stepped into the restaurant. Absolutely love the rustic decor, with the reddish grey bricks and wooden floor. You know how it is when you enter an expensive and high class restaurant. You feel like you have to watch your every move in case you do something that’s against the fine dining etiquette. I liked it that dining at Santi didn’t give me that kind of feeling. It was pretty relaxing, and the staff were not snooty at all. On the contrary, they were ever ready to accommodate any request, to the extent that after presenting you with the menu, they would ask you if you need any ingredients to be substituted out.

The meal itself was undoubtedly an expensive affair. A main course costs $90. A starter also costs about $90. However, the restaurant surprised us with quite a number of extra dishes, or amuse bouche if you will. Even a small dessert was thrown in. So for the $$$ spent, it does still feel like value for money. It’s too bad they are closing in one week, I would have liked to go again!

Forgive me if I am unable to name the dishes or provide a better description of the taste, it was 5 months ago! I don’t know why I procrastinated so long. I guess I do know why. I wanted to write a perfect piece, to commemorate a perfect dinner.

Santi (2) Selection of crusty breads to choose from. You can have as much as you want. I liked the olive and onion bread a lot. All the waiters looked so spiffy. I wonder where they will go to next.

Santi - Foaming SquidBaby Calamari starter $70 – We ordered this starter to share. The service was so good that the restaurant halved the dish for us without us even asking.

Santi - Duck Breast Duck breast, or was it thigh? – One of the amuse bouche Santi offered to us. The meat was so tender and flavourful, which increased our expectations on the main courses!

Santi (6)Ok I have no idea what this was….Some gaspacho I think. But I’m sure it was good.

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