Senso Ristorante & Bar
Senso is a Club Street institution with a loyal following. Food here is a joy, as is the service, and in such a charming space (they occupy five adjacent shophouses and the courtyard is gorgeous), too. The decor, with its starched tablecloths and not-so-subtle giant paintings, is pretty old-school fancy, but the menu of Italian classics is well-executed and consistent. Try the salmon tartare with pan-seared scallops and Avruga caviar, and the homemade raviolio with veal shank and porcini mushroom.
It’s become a Club Street institution in just a few short years, and it’s easy to see why Senso is still doing well. Well enough that they’ve instituted their own version of the Sunday brunch, and on weekends for dinner they’re still packed both inside and in the delightful courtyard.
On the Saturday night we were there they managed to turn over most of their tables at least once—a sure sign that they have a loyal following. And we can see why. The service was impeccable, from the sommelier who was quick to recognize which people at the table wanted more wine and those who didn’t, to the rest of the service staff who were always on hand and ready and willing to serve.
And the food was also a joy. Our starters of proscuitto with pickled vegetables, caprese salad and spinaci salad were good for whetting the appetite. Our pastas were also tasty. The zafferano risotto with scallop carpaccio was rich and full of flavor and the gnocchi light and not too chewy. Our only gripes were very minor—the scallops in our fettuccine were overcooked and tough and our giant tiramisu was a little dry, but these were small glitches in what was otherwise a well executed meal.
Senso still delivers a consistently pleasurable high-quality restaurant experience.
Have you tried the Veal Ravioli? It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat in Singapore before you die (2010).
|Address:||Senso Ristorante & Bar, 21 Club St., Singapore, 069410 Singapore|
|Open since:||July, 2000|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; daily 6-10:30pm; Sun 11:30am-3pm|
|Alfresco, Reservation recommended, Parking available: valet, Dress requirements: Smart Casual|
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