Monday, April 09, 2007

Il Lido

Il Lido
Sentosa Golf Club
Bukit Manis Road
Singapore 099892
Tel : 6866-1977

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Since it has been open, I’ve heard mixed reviews from food proxies and hence was not in away great way compelled to make the distance but the news of the new resident chef helped to sway the decision. That being said, I never made it there whilst the ex-Pontini-now-Pontini’s-Chef de cuisine-again was there, I cannot provide a before and after picture.

The food is good, well crafted and fresh quality ingredients, but I was a little disappointed. I had higher expectations for the menu seemed rather conservative and against the hip and stylish décor, and it is probably for this lack of distinctiveness that I honestly do not find a big push-factor to cross the bridge and to make a return. We ordered the menu “classic”: pan roasted goose liver with green apple, honey & hazelnut sauce, home made tagliolini with live spiny lobster and green asparagus tips, USDA prime beef tenderloin, white asparagus, anchovy & garlic sauce and molten lava dark chocolate cake, white chocolate & coffee gelato, deep-fried zucchini flowers with goose liver and robiola cheese, classic Italian antipasto platter, fettuccine with crab, porcini mushrooms, pachino tomatoes and grey mullet bottarga and spaghetti with sea urchins and spicy zucchini.

Whilst the view, service and the food were agreeable, the menu prices seemed to have factored in a large cost of rental of your table for the evening. In fact, was most memorable of the night was the couple beside us that sat uncomfortably, whom seemed too shell shocked by the prices, ordered plate of pasta each—the fettucine and the spaghetti—and that was all they had that night, no starters, no desserts. That dining experience lasted somewhere between 30 to 40 minutes and did cost them something between $70 to $80. That is some expensive real estate, no?



Blogger Kenshin NG said...

gosh i think if i went there i would have just ordered some drink and went off to eat at my coffeeshop downstairs. well haha i guess i ain't gonna eat much italian food anyway.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friends and I went there about 6 months ago. Pretty stylish and busy with a mostly expat crowd. The food was ok but didn't live up to the expectations I had of such a restaurant and certainly didn't justify the price tag.

9:20 AM  

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