Since opening its doors in 2000, Senso Ristorante & Bar has become something of a fine dining institution here, thanks to its impeccable Italian fine cuisine and top notch service. Converted from a former convent building on Club Street, this restaurant will impress with its beautiful neo-classical architecture and its luxurious but tastefully restrained furnishings. The menu is authentic Italian fine-dining prepared with high-quality ingredients including wild boar, veal and truffle. Expect everything to be exquisitely plated, and for it to taste as good as it looks
Senso is an established favourite among local and international audience and it has plenty of experience hosting private dinners and corporate functions. If visiting for the first time, ask to be seated in the courtyard to fully absorb the Italian “Terrazzo” experience, and take a trip to the wine cellar to select your own wine or consult with the experienced Sommelier.
love the courtyard dining idea. was a lovely windy night. love the bread basket with different breads served warm. great start to our dinner.
starter: Sauteed King Prawns was huge and fresh. pairing it with brown rice and avocado was perfect.
mains: i had the risotto and saffron while my friend had cod fillet. risotto and saffron was creamy and of the right texture. thought the foie gras could be a little more pan seared. came off a tad bit raw. the cod fillet was creamy, juicy and thick. pairing it with the sweet carrot puree and eggplant brought out the sweetness of the fish.
dessert: molten lava cake was good. i like that it was not overly sweet and has a tad bit of bitterness to it. would be better if it flows.
service was good. with the waiter constantly checking back on us. perfect end to midweek!
To be honest,we almost passed by the restaurant as it takes up 3 units and we had no idea where to get in. Finally we discovered that we could enter from the first door.
The moment we entered, I was really struck by how spa-like the reception area is. It looks exactly like a hotel concierge, or the entrance to a luxurious spa.
The receptionist is very well-dressed too, like a professional business person. She brought us through a little alleyway to our table, which is in a corner with a semi-circular sofa for our comfort.
Throughout the meal, around 3 serving staff served us personally at the same time. One took our orders and the rest were all very obliging. The food came in fast and the moment we were done with a course, the serving staff cleared our dishes and out next course arrived, without being needed to be prompted!
The moment our orders were taken, the bread basket came in. I was really impressed by the variety of bread served. There was soft bread, baguette and wheat roll. Olive oil was given to dip the bread in.
The food is good too! It was a 3 course meal. First course was an appetizer. For the main course, we had a choice between pasta, risotto or beef cheeks and I chose beef cheek. It was delicious! The meat was soft and tender, coupled with button mushrooms that ooze with gravy and it just melted in my mouth!
The dessert - panna cotta, was so soft and delicious that it literally melted in my mouth!
Overall it was a very good meal. My colleagues and I enjoyed it very much and we will definitely go to the restaurant again and recommend it to others!
Very delicious food. Thoroughly enjoyed my dinner. Wonderful service too.
An excellent venue for a nice evening with your loved ones. Friendly staff and the service is good.
The food was really excellent and value for money. The parma ham starter is out of this world and the pasta, beef cheek is something that is reflective of this fine dining restaurant. It is one of the best options for restaurantweek. I like the excellent service and also the nice cosy environment. Keep it up... your restaurant makes up for the disppointments of others.
Food was delicious but too salty. Mains portion also a tad too generous
Was too early and they were fully booked however service staff was really nice to provide a workaround table after only a few minutes! Very experienced staff who maintained great service level despite being extremely busy
On arrival last Sat evening, I was immediately impressed by the spacious reception & bar areas, the latter at which Hubby & I were directed to wait for our table to be ready. After passing by an atmospheric al fresco middle courtyard, where diners were also seated - don't mind sitting there, so romantic! - we were led into the classy main dining area where a cosy nook was set aside for RW diners. The setting together with the basket of grissini & freshly warmed breads (olive - good, honey mustard - salty & white - meh) with olive oil dip and an amuse bouche made for a rather promising start.
Service was attentive, informative enough & quick to notice distress. Would have rated it as excellent if only my cup of warm water was refilled when empty but never mind, I had wine! We were recommended 2 decent house-pour Italian reds; can't really complain. The meal ended with great-smelling espresso, served longish but strong & good, and chocolate.
So whither pity?
It was more than simply The Food in the '3-course signature set dinner' that went wrong. My choice of main course was described exactly as seen on their a la carte menu, 'Traditional Veal Ossobucco with Lemon Gremolata on Rosemary Polenta Mousse'. But there was no bone, no marrow, which is the whole point of eating Ossobuco! And the gremolata was invisible. (Anyone wants pictures? I have.) A server who must have noticed my expression as I was lifting the heavily sauced dry rendang-like meat to look for the coveted bone was quick to the rescue. He first suggested that the bone was not served as it was "not easy to eat" but eventually came clean to say that what I was served was the RW version, which he admitted was not the same as their a la carte rendition.
My mind started to play tricks on me... Hmmm, the King Tiger Prawn appetizer I had earlier on did seem to have too princess-sized prawns to be kings, and were a tad over-cooked. Did the Parma Ham 18 months remind me more of good old salty bacon? Such a waste to have costly Parma ham fried, like bacon... The veal meat had the same shredded texture of an overcooked cheap braising cut, no? Was it even veal, I wondered. I did not discern any saffron in the other main dish of a thin single-grain layer of Risotto & (also costly) Saffron, did I? This came with a small strip of nicely seared 'Duck Liver'.
Restaurants that take part in RW do so for various reasons. Some to showcase their signature dishes, giving either the full version if they are feeling generous or a scaled down one if they are not so, which is totally understandable given the special pricing of the meal. Others test new dishes. Yet others spring a surprise 3-course meal on diners, in which case it had better be a pleasant one and not a joke. Most hope for diners to be impressed enough to return. But for whatever reason, they should never, ever promise one thing - with full elaborate descriptions to boot - and serve something else. Only put up the menu that they are actually serving or spring that surprise, but only on those who ask to be surprised.
Given that Senso has been rated so highly by diners on different dining guides and the lovely ambience, I am really disappointed to say that as a first time patron, I can now say I have been there, did order their signature set but have doubts that I did taste any of their signature dishes, except perhaps I may venture to say, a reduced version of their Hot Dark Chocolate eruption & Vanilla (now, was it?) ice cream, which I am totally fine with.
My significant other and I had a great time at SENSO for their restaurant week menu. We were immensely stoked with every bite of our food. By that, I mean substantial portions,flavourful dishes and impeccable service. Also, not to mention, the birthday surprise that the staff put together had the other half impressed and left him an undeniably pleasant memory. Thank you for the night,Senso.
It was an extremely busy Saturday night when we went, which kind of showed Senso's popularity. We had to wait for our table to be ready even though we were already 10mins late for our reservation.
However the staff made up for it with their warm and unintrusive service. The food was amazing, especially love the tiger prawns appetiser and molten chocolate cake!
Already planning another visit :)
Senso has a great reputation and the dining room was far more impressive than we expected. The service was also above par with many of the attentive wait staff carrying official sommelier qualifications.
The only thing that lacked for us was the food. I suspect we would have had a better experience if we didn't opt for the Dining Week set menu. I found both of our mains very underwhelming; dessert was a welcome reprieve.
We look forward to dining at Senso again under a la carte circumstances.