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Arossa Wine & Grill

I haven’t had many opportunities to visit Scott’s Square, one of the newest kids on the block along Scotts Road so I was sure glad to be given the opportunity to review Arossa Wine & Grill. If this place sounds or looks vaguely familiar, that’s because they did a revamp of the restaurant and had a change of name from La Luna Rossa to Arossa Wine & Grill. The wooden floors and brick walls have been retained to exude the rustic charm.

Arossa Wine & Grill (2)

Pricing wise, Arossa caters mainly to the business crowd, what with the table cloths and wine glasses. Strangely though, there are attempts to appeal to the masses by doing away with napkins and also serving brunch on the weekends.

Arossa - Charcuterie of Pate de Campagne, Foie Gras Terrine, Proscuitto $32 (2)Charcuterie of Pate de Campagne, Foie Gras Terrine, Prosciutto $32

We started off our meal with this mouth-watering plate of chacuterie. Seeing slivers of ham, pate and terrines never fails to lift my mood up. It’s also a very good way to distract customers while they wait for the mains to be prepared. I particularly liked the Foie Gras Terrine, which went really well with the complimentary bread. Had to control myself or I would have eaten more and had no space for the mains. The Pate de Campagne was also quite interesting as it had nutty bits in it, something that is not too common.

Arossa - Pan Fried foie Gras with Caramelized Apple $30 (2)

Pan Fried foie Gras with Caramelized Apple $30

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Skyve Wine Bistro

Tucked away in the Newton area, just off bustling Orchard Road is Skyve Wine Bistro. It occupies the former Monk’s Hill Secondary School. The place is pretty old school, pun intended. There are lots of plants all around which makes you feel as if you are dining in a park. Skyve has just revamped their menu and we were lucky to have the opportunity to check it out. The area is pretty quiet at night even though it’s Newton.

Featuring an all-day wine and dine concept open for breakfast to after-dinner drinks, the wine bistro offers three different spaces perfect for any occasion. Those inclined towards a quick tipple can opt for the alfresco area, while the indoor area comprise of the main dining hall with mismatched classroom-like chairs and a lounge area with long benches to reflect its “old school” character.

Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar (3)

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Strangers’ Reunion Cafe

Strangers' Reunion - (7)

When I first saw the name “Strangers’ Reunion”, I did a double take. But times have changed. Strangers’ Reunion is hardly strange when you compare that to Chye Seng Huat Hardware, which is neither a hardware store or related to Chye Seng Huat, whoever he may be. I wonder if he’s still alive actually. And just in case you were wondering, Chye Seng Huat Hardware is a cafe, opened by the people of Papa Palheta! They’re closing their Hooper Road store, so you can only catch them at Tyrwhitt Road. Woe betide all those living in the Bukit Timah area.

Strangers’ Reunion is very small! Be prepared to SQUEEZE‘

Strangers' Reunion - Red Velvet Cupcake

I didn’t eat this, but I took a picture of it because I thought it was so eye catching and pretty! It’s amazing how people can wolf down cakes made of beetroot yet they can’t imagine drinking beetroot juice. For the record, I LOVE beetroot juice, and I would highly recommend it to everyone for its health properties.

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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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