Prelude To Autumn at ilLido by Palate
Perched atop a high cliff of Sentosa Island, ilLido is one of Singapore’s most quintessential dining destinations with its relaxed, intimate seaside location and stunning Italian cuisine since opening in 2006.
The restaurant has recently launched a brand new menu which is just in time with Italy’s autumn season. Over twenty new creations are introduced, offering diners more value-for-money while honoring ilLido’s signature culinary experience of uncompromised Italian cuisine featuring world’s most prized and highest quality ingredients.
I was invited to A Prelude to Autumn at il Lido, a private event by Palate card to enjoy ilLido’s new autumn menu. This 4-course dinner menu is paired up with Laphroaig whiskies.
Wine pairing: Laphroaig 10 year old
Helming the kitchen is restaurateur-owner Beppe De Vito, who brings with him a fresh and modern perspective on traditional Italian cuisine. Equipped with an extensive understanding of the local palate and a deep respect for timeless Italian cooking techniques – De Vito showcases a creative expression of Italy’s rich culinary heritage through his original creations and recipes.
Still keeping to ilLido’s long-standing philosophy of using the highest quality and the freshest ingredients, over 80% of the ingredients are sourced direct through independent Italian food purveyors and artisans or procured direct from De Vito’s
own orchards in Italy.
Our starter was lobster tail with goose Liver and cauliflower. The succulence and sweetness from the lobster tail was enhanced with a liquorice sauce.
Wine pairing: Laphroaig Quarter Cask
In the tradition of true Italian dining, ilLido features solely homemade pastas. Handpressed and rolled by a resident pasta chef, the very best of Italian durum wheat flour is used in the pursuance of creating the most toothsome pastas on the new menu.
I had the Chestnut & Sweet Potato Ravioli with Rabbit Velouté and Truffle. In a beautiful brown hue, the ravioli skin is thin and smooth, and the stuffing is delicately sweet with Rabbit Velouté that adds a perfect touch to the dish.
Wine pairing: Laphroaig Triple Wood
Our main course was venison and though I am no fan of the gamey meat. The heirloom carrots and colonnato lardo gave it flavour and helped make it less monotonous. The porcini mushrooms that came with it provided further contrasts in texture and taste.
Wine pairing: Laphroaig 18 year old
Since dessert occupies a separate section of the stomach, we had just enough room for a Toffee & Chocolate Cake, Roasted Figs and Almond Meringues which was so thick and good.
This is the chef/owner Beppe De Vito!
ilLido’s menu showcases much coveted ingredients with De Vito’s inimitable cooking style that brings out the prized qualities of each ingredient in the most contemporary style. You can also try their degustation menu which has also been revamped to just $98 per person. For those seeking an afternoon respite, ilLido also offers a three course set lunch at $38 per person that includes a choice of De Vito’s daily gourmet specials, available from Mondays to Fridays.
Address: Sentosa Golf Club, 27 Bukit Manis Road
Palate, Singapore’s ultimate dining privileges programme returns this year with a revised and artfully curated selection of the best establishments in town. The Palate programme offers an attractive discount structure of up to 50%, letting you discover new restaurants or revisit favourites without breaking the bank.
If you love food and wish to drop by ilLido for a meal, join the Palate Gourmet Safari! It will take place on 10th October and you will sit on a Singapore Trolley bus which brings you to 3 different destinations.
Palate Gourmet Safari
Date: 10 October 2013 (Thursday)
Venue: 1) Canapés at Coast @ 1-TwentySix 2) Main course at ilLido 3) Dessert at Violet Oon’s Kitchen
Price: $150nett per person