Reviews of Senso Ristorante & Bar in Singapore

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Friday 30/03/2012

Food was great and fresh, totally showcased what the ala carte menu can be. The champagne made it even better.Service was attentive and friendly. The courtyard was beautiful.

Only thing which irritated me was that they somehow missed out my reservation and I had to search for my booking number. And even with that, they had no record of my name whatsoever. No apology or anything, they just usher us to a table. After my meal, I received the email for feedback but later on receive another email about my "no-show" at Senso. I feel Senso should have taken note and provided an updated attendance. This unpleasant incident scarred my Senso experience.

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Friday 23/03/2012

Food portions were satisfying. We couldn't finish dessert. Service is attentive and informative. Table lay-out allowed for some privacy. Overall an delightful experience. Certainly, we are coming back and recommending this place to friends.

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Friday 23/03/2012

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It pains me to say that the great food at Senso was marred by the intrusive service and unwelcoming attitude of the staff.

For restaurant week, I started with the Sautéed King Tiger Prawns served on Black ‘Venere’ Rice Timbale with Avocado and Sicilian Orange. Great start to the meal with thick, succulent prawns and very nicely done Timbale rice. Didn't quite understand the pairing with the orange slice but overall this was my favourite dish of the night.

I had cod fillet for main course and it was equally pleasing, with juicy and flavourful meat while the skin had a nice crisp to it. The garnish was pretty much perfect, with the mash being well-seasoned and the asparagus tender.

Dinner ended with hot dark Chocolate eruption served with Passion Fruit and Vanilla Ice-cream, which is a standard but always good. Crisp outer layer, warm fluid center - you can't go wrong with that. Though my friend did comment that he would have preferred a more liquid consistency with the molten chocolate.

However, the service left me cold. There was no warmth, no smiles and they seemed like they couldn't wait to get us out of the restaurant when it was only 10pm.

Yun Fei Sng
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Tuesday 20/03/2012

They make you feel extremely welcomed. We had a corner seat which was very private and the service was impeccable.. My only complaint is, the vanilla ice cream's vanilla taste is not strong enough; it was easily overpowered by the awesome chocolate volcano, couldn't taste the vanilla (my favourite flavour) that much. BUT I'll give a 9/10 for this place! A must try!

Suqi Wahab
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Monday 17/10/2011

Senso took good advantage of the dining week to showcase what they are good at. Unlike some of the others who somehow did not put their best food forward. Their choices were impressive and tasty. Thank you, Senso , for sharing your best with me.

Anonymous
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Monday 17/10/2011

I first went to Senso ages ago when they newly opened and hadn't been back till this year's Restaurant Week. I don't know why I waited so long!

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, service was excellent and food portions were generous and cooked to perfection.

Unlike some places which stinge on portions or ingredients for set meals, I was struggling to finish my large steak of cod fish! There was a wide selection of breads and rolls, which was replenished when our group of 3 finished the first basket. The warm chocolate cake for dessert was also lovely...

Was impressed by the initiative of a waiter who noticed me coughing and offered me a hot honey lemon drink instead of regular water, at no extra cost. It's these little touches that make a difference.

Susmita Dayanandan
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Sunday 16/10/2011

Very good value meal for restaurant week dinner. I especially enjoyed the osso bucco. Very well done. Molten lava cake was crispy on outside and soft on the inside.

Grace Lim
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Sunday 16/10/2011

An evening of sheer indulgence for my wife and I as our senses were titillated to the max..

To begin, the premise was immaculate; the decor is tasteful and don't get us started on the beautiful courtyard!

What impressed us the most was the outstanding service rendered by your team. The staff was friendly, attentive without being intrusive.

To boot, the food & wine was simply sublime! Both the presentation and taste was just exquisite!

The Jones

Richard JONES
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Friday 14/10/2011

Was there on Sunday night and is was very busy. Service was very attentive and well trained, always there but not pushy. The younger manager or sommelier (there where 2 in a suit) very professional and the wine suggestion was great, we all loved it not knowing so much about Italian wines!! the food was good, nicely presented and tasted authentic.
good place for dinner, especially on a Sunday night where so many restaurants are closed and also you don't need to search for a parking along club street as they have valet parking.

we'll come back, highly recommend the place

Paul Newmann
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Wednesday 12/10/2011

We have been here for several times, just trust them will never let us down. Restaurant week manu is fatastic and price wise, definitely recommended.

Shannon Wang
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Tuesday 05/04/2011

Really liked the wine selection and it's ambience. We had a very enjoyable night here.

Christina Chang
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Wednesday 30/03/2011

I didn't ate at Senso for at least a year, and, when I came back for dinner with my family this fine evening, I discovered, with a great positive surprise, that the whole place has been revamped into an elegant, warm and stylish fine-dining restaurant, looking much more refined than before the renovations.

The Italian-style courtyard offers a romantic ambiance as well as a magnificent view of the sky, if you are lucky enough to come when it's not raining. The reception, bar, private-dining room, and the inside restaurant itself are a subtile and delicate mix of modern and traditional Italian style.

After being warmly welcomed, we were seated at our table where the polished cutleries were beautifully set, and a menu offering a wide range of Italian dishes was presented to each of us.

The food was not to disapoint either. As an appetizer, I had the famous Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in parma ham, with olive tapenade on the side. Following was the delicious and papillae-awaking Duo of Risotto by Chef Federico, offering a visual and tasteful delight with it’s mix of risotto with black squid ink with seafood and white risotto with Ca’ Del Bosco Franciacorta Prosecco. As a dessert, I enjoyed the Chocolata, or a warm, melting, chocolate delight with a homemade vanilla ice-cream scoop, and a flavor-rich Italian blend double espresso. During all this time, the friendly and attentive staff displayed a true professionalism, never letting any one of us waiting or without knowing what we were having to eat.

Of course, the whole meal was accompagnied by a delightful set of Ca’ Del Bosco Prosecco, Vermentino di Sardegna and a Brunello di Montalcino, as well as the rich and colorful comments of the Tunisian Sommelier (winebutler).

This evening was a wonderful experience, and I will definitively be back for more. 9/10 !

Axel Renevey
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Tuesday 29/03/2011

Wonderful experience overall - great atmosphere, impeccable service and a delightful meal all in all.

Li Ling
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Monday 28/03/2011

Lunch was fantastic, wishing we booked dinner too.

Sandra Matthews
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Sunday 27/03/2011

Nice ambience and good service. The rissotto was excellent and figuring how to eat the DIY tiramisu (sponge finger, bailey's irish cream, mascarpone ice cream and chocolate whip cream provided separately) was a lot of fun. The chef even came out to say hi during dessert time. What more can one ask!

Sally Lim
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Saturday 26/03/2011

Bruna Ferraz
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Friday 25/03/2011

Chic and elegant environment, efficient and friendly staff made us comfortable.
The food was beautiful and tasty. Overall our dining experience was fantastic.
We would like to come back again, and also can recommend the restaurant to friends without hesitation.

Yuka Hashinokuchi
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Thursday 24/03/2011

Love the ambience and the Cod was cooked to perfection. Service was impeccable! Professional and attentive yet unintrusive.

Dessert didn't quite live up to expectations but variety

Victoria Soh
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Thursday 24/03/2011

Appetizer served was decent but nothing exceptional. We had codfish and lobster pasta. The codfish was delicious however the lobster pasta was not as satisfying. The flavour was not quite there and it could have been better. The dessert provided an interesting twist to our meal. The only part where we didnt like was how they have seated us. There were the two of us and they placed us in the middle of the room seating next to each other. We felt very exposed during our meal and was rather uncomfortable. Apart from this, the service staffs were not as attentive as they could have been and are rarely at sight.

wonderline drahma
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Thursday 24/03/2011

quite standard italian restaurant. with little modern deco. the food is very nice. compare the normal ala carte price, worth trying in restaurant week. but the main course portion just little bit too tiny

aileen pu
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Thursday 24/03/2011

Jasper Ler
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Wednesday 23/03/2011

Thoroughly enjoyed the food, the Ossobucco was very nicely done. Dessert was immaculate.
Service by the senior staff was very good, cant say the same about the new ones, especially the hostess. She was very rude to my bf and me, on 2 occasions, hence that sort of ruined the beginning of our night.

Jade Lim
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Wednesday 23/03/2011

Mary Goh
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Tuesday 22/03/2011

Been wanting to try Senso for the longest time ever, since my friend provided raving reviews a couple of years ago. Somehow, we never went, until Restaurant Week.

Shortlisted a range of options to try out during restaurant week, and Senso was a natural choice. The menu posted on the Restaurant Week Online Reservation site looked pretty good as well. We were definitely looking forward to lunch at Senso!

Indeed, it was a relaxing dining experience, nice and cool indoors complete with pleasant staff to round it all up. I only wish the food served were of similar standards. Perhaps it was the level of expectation I started out with. After all, I've heard raving reviews of this place. However the food failed to deliver.

To be fair, the meal started out pretty promising. Bread was served warm. While I would have prefered slightly crustier, chewy breads with a bit more bite, the temperature of the bread basket was good enough for me. We were also pleasantly surprised by the standards of the appetisers -The Pan fried Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham (18 months) served with black Olives Tapenade might have been a tad salty for someone less used to such robust flavours, but was yummy nonetheless. Even though he wasn't too big of a fan of Parma Ham, he polished off the entire plate non the less. Definitely worth a mention is the seemingly boring option of Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard dressing, Avocado, Pine Nuts and crispy Bacon. This was really really good, light and refreshing, gone in no time.

And so it was with anticipation as we waited, only to be met with disappointment this time round. The Gently roasted Cod Fillet served on Eggplant puree and green Asparagus was ok, not bad, but nothing spectacular. But what really made my heart fall was the Homemade Taglierini Pasta with Boston Lobster and fresh Basil. Again, nothing out of ordinary, but more importantly, the portion was tiny! I mean, I would understand if it was part of a tasting menu with multiple courses and so mains were small and petite, and I would probably understand if the Lobster pieces were rare and few, but pasta?! He has a healthy appetite. Afraid the portion wouldn't be sufficient, I cut him a good half chunk of the cod.

The Tiramisu ‘Rivisto’ of Light Coffee Mousse, homemade Savoiardi Biscotto, Coffee Milkshake and Mascarpone Ice Cream was something different, with the handshaken coffee milkshake in a cocktail shaker adding a nice touch. For a moment, I thought I was getting served a shot of alcohol early in the afternoon! I definitely prefer the normal tiramisu, but a nice creative attempt nonetheless!

It was ok, an ok lunch with fantastic company so good overall. However, it does makes me wonder if Restaurant week is just a gimmick of reduced prices at reduced portions/quality afterall. Granted, it's the first restaurant I've tried for day one of restaurant week. Perhaps I'll reserve the rest of my comments for when I've tried the rest..

Chloe Lee
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Tuesday 22/03/2011

All staffs are very polite and well-educated. In Singapore this case is quite rara unfortunately for our foreigners.

Yasuhide Nishihata
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Tuesday 22/03/2011

Been wanting to try Senso for the longest time ever, since my friend provided raving reviews a couple of years ago. Somehow, we never went, until Restaurant Week.

Shortlisted a range of options to try out during restaurant week, and Senso was a natural choice. The menu posted on the Restaurant Week Online Reservation site looked pretty good as well. We were definitely looking forward to lunch at Senso!

Indeed, it was a relaxing dining experience, nice and cool indoors complete with pleasant staff to round it all up. I only wish the food served were of similar standards. Perhaps it was the level of expectation I started out with. After all, I've heard raving reviews of this place. However the food failed to deliver.

To be fair, the meal started out pretty promising. Bread was served warm. While I would have prefered slightly crustier, chewy breads with a bit more bite, the temperature of the bread basket was good enough for me. We were also pleasantly surprised by the standards of the appetisers -The Pan fried Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham (18 months) served with black Olives Tapenade might have been a tad salty for someone less used to such robust flavours, but was yummy nonetheless. Even though he wasn't too big of a fan of Parma Ham, he polished off the entire plate non the less. Definitely worth a mention is the seemingly boring option of Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard dressing, Avocado, Pine Nuts and crispy Bacon. This was really really good, light and refreshing, gone in no time.

And so it was with anticipation as we waited, only to be met with disappointment this time round. The Gently roasted Cod Fillet served on Eggplant puree and green Asparagus was ok, not bad, but nothing spectacular. But what really made my heart fall was the Homemade Taglierini Pasta with Boston Lobster and fresh Basil. Again, nothing out of ordinary, but more importantly, the portion was tiny! I mean, I would understand if it was part of a tasting menu with multiple courses and so mains were small and petite, and I would probably understand if the Lobster pieces were rare and few, but pasta?! He has a healthy appetite. Afraid the portion wouldn't be sufficient, I cut him a good half chunk of the cod.

The Tiramisu ‘Rivisto’ of Light Coffee Mousse, homemade Savoiardi Biscotto, Coffee Milkshake and Mascarpone Ice Cream was something different, with the handshaken coffee milkshake in a cocktail shaker adding a nice touch. For a moment, I thought I was getting served a shot of alcohol early in the afternoon! I definitely prefer the normal tiramisu, but a nice creative attempt nonetheless!

It was ok, an ok lunch with fantastic company so good overall. However, it does makes me wonder if Restaurant week is just a gimmick of reduced prices at reduced portions/quality afterall. Granted, it's the first restaurant I've tried for day one of restaurant week. Perhaps I'll reserve the rest of my comments for when I've tried the rest..

Chloe Lee
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Tuesday 22/03/2011

Been wanting to try Senso for the longest time ever, since my friend provided raving reviews a couple of years ago. Somehow, we never went, until Restaurant Week.

Shortlisted a range of options to try out during restaurant week, and Senso was a natural choice. The menu posted on the Restaurant Week Online Reservation site looked pretty good as well. We were definitely looking forward to lunch at Senso!

Indeed, it was a relaxing dining experience, nice and cool indoors complete with pleasant staff to round it all up. I only wish the food served were of similar standards. Perhaps it was the level of expectation I started out with. After all, I've heard raving reviews of this place. However the food failed to deliver.

To be fair, the meal started out pretty promising. Bread was served warm. While I would have prefered slightly crustier, chewy breads with a bit more bite, the temperature of the bread basket was good enough for me. We were also pleasantly surprised by the standards of the appetisers -The Pan fried Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham (18 months) served with black Olives Tapenade might have been a tad salty for someone less used to such robust flavours, but was yummy nonetheless. Even though he wasn't too big of a fan of Parma Ham, he polished off the entire plate non the less. Definitely worth a mention is the seemingly boring option of Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard dressing, Avocado, Pine Nuts and crispy Bacon. This was really really good, light and refreshing, gone in no time.

And so it was with anticipation as we waited, only to be met with disappointment this time round. The Gently roasted Cod Fillet served on Eggplant puree and green Asparagus was ok, not bad, but nothing spectacular. But what really made my heart fall was the Homemade Taglierini Pasta with Boston Lobster and fresh Basil. Again, nothing out of ordinary, but more importantly, the portion was tiny! I mean, I would understand if it was part of a tasting menu with multiple courses and so mains were small and petite, and I would probably understand if the Lobster pieces were rare and few, but pasta?! He has a healthy appetite. Afraid the portion wouldn't be sufficient, I cut him a good half chunk of the cod.

The Tiramisu ‘Rivisto’ of Light Coffee Mousse, homemade Savoiardi Biscotto, Coffee Milkshake and Mascarpone Ice Cream was something different, with the handshaken coffee milkshake in a cocktail shaker adding a nice touch. For a moment, I thought I was getting served a shot of alcohol early in the afternoon! I definitely prefer the normal tiramisu, but a nice creative attempt nonetheless!

It was ok, an ok lunch with fantastic company so good overall. However, it does makes me wonder if Restaurant week is just a gimmick of reduced prices at reduced portions/quality afterall. Granted, it's the first restaurant I've tried for day one of restaurant week. Perhaps I'll reserve the rest of my comments for when I've tried the rest..

Chloe Lee
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Tuesday 22/03/2011

Been wanting to try Senso for the longest time ever, since my friend provided raving reviews a couple of years ago. Somehow, we never went, until Restaurant Week.

Shortlisted a range of options to try out during restaurant week, and Senso was a natural choice. The menu posted on the Restaurant Week Online Reservation site looked pretty good as well. We were definitely looking forward to lunch at Senso!

Indeed, it was a relaxing dining experience, nice and cool indoors complete with pleasant staff to round it all up. I only wish the food served were of similar standards. Perhaps it was the level of expectation I started out with. After all, I've heard raving reviews of this place. However the food failed to deliver.

To be fair, the meal started out pretty promising. Bread was served warm. While I would have prefered slightly crustier, chewy breads with a bit more bite, the temperature of the bread basket was good enough for me. We were also pleasantly surprised by the standards of the appetisers -The Pan fried Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham (18 months) served with black Olives Tapenade might have been a tad salty for someone less used to such robust flavours, but was yummy nonetheless. Even though he wasn't too big of a fan of Parma Ham, he polished off the entire plate non the less. Definitely worth a mention is the seemingly boring option of Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard dressing, Avocado, Pine Nuts and crispy Bacon. This was really really good, light and refreshing, gone in no time.

And so it was with anticipation as we waited, only to be met with disappointment this time round. The Gently roasted Cod Fillet served on Eggplant puree and green Asparagus was ok, not bad, but nothing spectacular. But what really made my heart fall was the Homemade Taglierini Pasta with Boston Lobster and fresh Basil. Again, nothing out of ordinary, but more importantly, the portion was tiny! I mean, I would understand if it was part of a tasting menu with multiple courses and so mains were small and petite, and I would probably understand if the Lobster pieces were rare and few, but pasta?! He has a healthy appetite. Afraid the portion wouldn't be sufficient, I cut him a good half chunk of the cod.

The Tiramisu ‘Rivisto’ of Light Coffee Mousse, homemade Savoiardi Biscotto, Coffee Milkshake and Mascarpone Ice Cream was something different, with the handshaken coffee milkshake in a cocktail shaker adding a nice touch. For a moment, I thought I was getting served a shot of alcohol early in the afternoon! I definitely prefer the normal tiramisu, but a nice creative attempt nonetheless!

It was ok, an ok lunch with fantastic company so good overall. However, it does makes me wonder if Restaurant week is just a gimmick of reduced prices at reduced portions/quality afterall. Granted, it's the first restaurant I've tried for day one of restaurant week. Perhaps I'll reserve the rest of my comments for when I've tried the rest..

Chloe Lee
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Tuesday 22/03/2011

Been wanting to try Senso for the longest time ever, since my friend provided raving reviews a couple of years ago. Somehow, we never went, until Restaurant Week.

Shortlisted a range of options to try out during restaurant week, and Senso was a natural choice. The menu posted on the Restaurant Week Online Reservation site looked pretty good as well. We were definitely looking forward to lunch at Senso!

Indeed, it was a relaxing dining experience, nice and cool indoors complete with pleasant staff to round it all up. I only wish the food served were of similar standards. Perhaps it was the level of expectation I started out with. After all, I've heard raving reviews of this place. However the food failed to deliver.

To be fair, the meal started out pretty promising. Bread was served warm. While I would have prefered slightly crustier, chewy breads with a bit more bite, the temperature of the bread basket was good enough for me. We were also pleasantly surprised by the standards of the appetisers -The Pan fried Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham (18 months) served with black Olives Tapenade might have been a tad salty for someone less used to such robust flavours, but was yummy nonetheless. Even though he wasn't too big of a fan of Parma Ham, he polished off the entire plate non the less. Definitely worth a mention is the seemingly boring option of Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard dressing, Avocado, Pine Nuts and crispy Bacon. This was really really good, light and refreshing, gone in no time.

And so it was with anticipation as we waited, only to be met with disappointment this time round. The Gently roasted Cod Fillet served on Eggplant puree and green Asparagus was ok, not bad, but nothing spectacular. But what really made my heart fall was the Homemade Taglierini Pasta with Boston Lobster and fresh Basil. Again, nothing out of ordinary, but more importantly, the portion was tiny! I mean, I would understand if it was part of a tasting menu with multiple courses and so mains were small and petite, and I would probably understand if the Lobster pieces were rare and few, but pasta?! He has a healthy appetite. Afraid the portion wouldn't be sufficient, I cut him a good half chunk of the cod.

The Tiramisu ‘Rivisto’ of Light Coffee Mousse, homemade Savoiardi Biscotto, Coffee Milkshake and Mascarpone Ice Cream was something different, with the handshaken coffee milkshake in a cocktail shaker adding a nice touch. For a moment, I thought I was getting served a shot of alcohol early in the afternoon! I definitely prefer the normal tiramisu, but a nice creative attempt nonetheless!

It was ok, an ok lunch with fantastic company so good overall. However, it does makes me wonder if Restaurant week is just a gimmick of reduced prices at reduced portions/quality afterall. Granted, it's the first restaurant I've tried for day one of restaurant week. Perhaps I'll reserve the rest of my comments for when I've tried the rest..

Chloe Lee
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Tuesday 22/03/2011

Been wanting to try Senso for the longest time ever, since my friend provided raving reviews a couple of years ago. Somehow, we never went, until Restaurant Week.

Shortlisted a range of options to try out during restaurant week, and Senso was a natural choice. The menu posted on the Restaurant Week Online Reservation site looked pretty good as well. We were definitely looking forward to lunch at Senso!

Indeed, it was a relaxing dining experience, nice and cool indoors complete with pleasant staff to round it all up. I only wish the food served were of similar standards. Perhaps it was the level of expectation I started out with. After all, I've heard raving reviews of this place. However the food failed to deliver.

To be fair, the meal started out pretty promising. Bread was served warm. While I would have prefered slightly crustier, chewy breads with a bit more bite, the temperature of the bread basket was good enough for me. We were also pleasantly surprised by the standards of the appetisers -The Pan fried Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham (18 months) served with black Olives Tapenade might have been a tad salty for someone less used to such robust flavours, but was yummy nonetheless. Even though he wasn't too big of a fan of Parma Ham, he polished off the entire plate non the less. Definitely worth a mention is the seemingly boring option of Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard dressing, Avocado, Pine Nuts and crispy Bacon. This was really really good, light and refreshing, gone in no time.

And so it was with anticipation as we waited, only to be met with disappointment this time round. The Gently roasted Cod Fillet served on Eggplant puree and green Asparagus was ok, not bad, but nothing spectacular. But what really made my heart fall was the Homemade Taglierini Pasta with Boston Lobster and fresh Basil. Again, nothing out of ordinary, but more importantly, the portion was tiny! I mean, I would understand if it was part of a tasting menu with multiple courses and so mains were small and petite, and I would probably understand if the Lobster pieces were rare and few, but pasta?! He has a healthy appetite. Afraid the portion wouldn't be sufficient, I cut him a good half chunk of the cod.

The Tiramisu ‘Rivisto’ of Light Coffee Mousse, homemade Savoiardi Biscotto, Coffee Milkshake and Mascarpone Ice Cream was something different, with the handshaken coffee milkshake in a cocktail shaker adding a nice touch. For a moment, I thought I was getting served a shot of alcohol early in the afternoon! I definitely prefer the normal tiramisu, but a nice creative attempt nonetheless!

It was ok, an ok lunch with fantastic company so good overall. However, it does makes me wonder if Restaurant week is just a gimmick of reduced prices at reduced portions/quality afterall. Granted, it's the first restaurant I've tried for day one of restaurant week. Perhaps I'll reserve the rest of my comments for when I've tried the rest..

Chloe Lee
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Tuesday 22/03/2011

Been wanting to try Senso for the longest time ever, since my friend provided raving reviews a couple of years ago. Somehow, we never went, until Restaurant Week.

Shortlisted a range of options to try out during restaurant week, and Senso was a natural choice. The menu posted on the Restaurant Week Online Reservation site looked pretty good as well. We were definitely looking forward to lunch at Senso!

Indeed, it was a relaxing dining experience, nice and cool indoors complete with pleasant staff to round it all up. I only wish the food served were of similar standards. Perhaps it was the level of expectation I started out with. After all, I've heard raving reviews of this place. However the food failed to deliver.

To be fair, the meal started out pretty promising. Bread was served warm. While I would have prefered slightly crustier, chewy breads with a bit more bite, the temperature of the bread basket was good enough for me. We were also pleasantly surprised by the standards of the appetisers -The Pan fried Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham (18 months) served with black Olives Tapenade might have been a tad salty for someone less used to such robust flavours, but was yummy nonetheless. Even though he wasn't too big of a fan of Parma Ham, he polished off the entire plate non the less. Definitely worth a mention is the seemingly boring option of Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard dressing, Avocado, Pine Nuts and crispy Bacon. This was really really good, light and refreshing, gone in no time.

And so it was with anticipation as we waited, only to be met with disappointment this time round. The Gently roasted Cod Fillet served on Eggplant puree and green Asparagus was ok, not bad, but nothing spectacular. But what really made my heart fall was the Homemade Taglierini Pasta with Boston Lobster and fresh Basil. Again, nothing out of ordinary, but more importantly, the portion was tiny! I mean, I would understand if it was part of a tasting menu with multiple courses and so mains were small and petite, and I would probably understand if the Lobster pieces were rare and few, but pasta?! He has a healthy appetite. Afraid the portion wouldn't be sufficient, I cut him a good half chunk of the cod.

The Tiramisu ‘Rivisto’ of Light Coffee Mousse, homemade Savoiardi Biscotto, Coffee Milkshake and Mascarpone Ice Cream was something different, with the handshaken coffee milkshake in a cocktail shaker adding a nice touch. For a moment, I thought I was getting served a shot of alcohol early in the afternoon! I definitely prefer the normal tiramisu, but a nice creative attempt nonetheless!

It was ok, an ok lunch with fantastic company so good overall. However, it does makes me wonder if Restaurant week is just a gimmick of reduced prices at reduced portions/quality afterall. Granted, it's the first restaurant I've tried for day one of restaurant week. Perhaps I'll reserve the rest of my comments for when I've tried the rest..

Chloe Lee
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Atmosphere
Tuesday 22/03/2011

Been wanting to try Senso for the longest time ever, since my friend provided raving reviews a couple of years ago. Somehow, we never went, until Restaurant Week.

Shortlisted a range of options to try out during restaurant week, and Senso was a natural choice. The menu posted on the Restaurant Week Online Reservation site looked pretty good as well. We were definitely looking forward to lunch at Senso!

Indeed, it was a relaxing dining experience, nice and cool indoors complete with pleasant staff to round it all up. I only wish the food served were of similar standards. Perhaps it was the level of expectation I started out with. After all, I've heard raving reviews of this place. However the food failed to deliver.

To be fair, the meal started out pretty promising. Bread was served warm. While I would have prefered slightly crustier, chewy breads with a bit more bite, the temperature of the bread basket was good enough for me. We were also pleasantly surprised by the standards of the appetisers -The Pan fried Buffalo Mozzarella wrapped in Parma Ham (18 months) served with black Olives Tapenade might have been a tad salty for someone less used to such robust flavours, but was yummy nonetheless. Even though he wasn't too big of a fan of Parma Ham, he polished off the entire plate non the less. Definitely worth a mention is the seemingly boring option of Baby Spinach Salad with Honey Mustard dressing, Avocado, Pine Nuts and crispy Bacon. This was really really good, light and refreshing, gone in no time.

And so it was with anticipation as we waited, only to be met with disappointment this time round. The Gently roasted Cod Fillet served on Eggplant puree and green Asparagus was ok, not bad, but nothing spectacular. But what really made my heart fall was the Homemade Taglierini Pasta with Boston Lobster and fresh Basil. Again, nothing out of ordinary, but more importantly, the portion was tiny! I mean, I would understand if it was part of a tasting menu with multiple courses and so mains were small and petite, and I would probably understand if the Lobster pieces were rare and few, but pasta?! He has a healthy appetite. Afraid the portion wouldn't be sufficient, I cut him a good half chunk of the cod.

The Tiramisu ‘Rivisto’ of Light Coffee Mousse, homemade Savoiardi Biscotto, Coffee Milkshake and Mascarpone Ice Cream was something different, with the handshaken coffee milkshake in a cocktail shaker adding a nice touch. For a moment, I thought I was getting served a shot of alcohol early in the afternoon! I definitely prefer the normal tiramisu, but a nice creative attempt nonetheless!

It was ok, an ok lunch with fantastic company so good overall. However, it does makes me wonder if Restaurant week is just a gimmick of reduced prices at reduced portions/quality afterall. Granted, it's the first restaurant I've tried for day one of restaurant week. Perhaps I'll reserve the rest of my comments for when I've tried the rest..

Chloe Lee
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Wednesday 15/09/2010

why go to brunch if you don't drink and are so fussy? stay home and cook... senso is lovely, great food, wonderful service and delicious bubbly.

sarah
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