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Steps to enjoy 1-for-1 deals:

1. Download The Entertainer app from iTunes/Blackberry/Google Play
2. Use this discount code to get 20% off: @myfoodsirens
3. Start redeeming!!! Select a merchant, click “redeem main course”, key in your unique 4 digit code, pass your phone to the waiter for him to key in the restaurant’s code, and ta-da, you only pay for one! Easy~

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Although the ‘buy 1 get 1 free’ vouchers extend to leisure, wellness and entertainment (e.g. Spa Symphony, Gmax Reverse Bungy, Banyan Tree hotels), I’m more interested in the dining aspect! Imagine having 1-for-1 deals at participating restaurants such as Au Petit Salut, Il Cielo, Fat Cow, Senso (you must try the cod there!), The White Rabbit, Kinki, Brewerkz, Marmalade Pantry etc etc –> savings and more savings! Now I can eat well without hurting my wallet! A win-win situation haha.

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I used the app for the first time at Extra Virgin Pizza! I was honestly more excited about the app than the food (K said Domino’s has nicer pizzas). Can’t wait to use up more vouchers in the weeks and months to come! Oh, by the way, the app is valid for the rest of 2014 (so the sooner you buy, the better) and there are 3 offers for each merchant. Check out the official website for more information, and don’t forget to use the discount code when purchasing!

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Cauliflower Romesco ($12++)
almond capsicum sauce, fontina, cracked black pepper

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Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($12++)
sherry vinaigrette, white raisins, bacon, parmigiano

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Baby Arugula Salad ($12++)
baby tomatoes, parmigiano, balsamic vinaigrette, prawns (additional $4++)

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Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza ($24++)
chipotle bbq sauce, mozzarella, chicken, roasted onions, fresh pineapple, jalapeño, scallions, pecorino, provolone

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My thanks to Alvin for introducing such a wonderful app to me!

Extra Virgin Pizza
#01-14, United Square Shopping Mall
101 Thomson Road
6247 5757

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Not impressed with Concetto at all. This is the new offshoot by Saveur, and concept is along the same line: good food for all, affordable prices for all.

The only dish I found agreeable was the salmon which was almost (but thankfully not) overcooked. The bed of pea ragu was lovely; I like it when fish is paired with legumes! Pan-seared tuna was quite nice as a light starter, if not a tad bland. Despite the funghi risotto being one of the chef’s recommendations, it was laughably underseasoned. To put it bluntly, it was tasteless. Seriously. Probably scarred K for life haha. Cod was way overpriced for such a miniscule piece, and serving it with a sourish broth doesn’t seem like such a bright idea imo. Too acidic.

Bad day in the kitchen, perhaps?

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Tuna ($8.90++)
baby romaine, honey mustard sauce

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Salmon ($13.90++)
parma ham, pea ragu, bonito oil

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Funghi Risotto ($9.90++)
mixed mushrooms, pickled shallots

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Cod ($22.90++)
pan seared cod, puff pastry, clams, fennel salad

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Concetto by Saveur
#01-11/12, THE CATHAY
2 Handy Road
6735 1141

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If you’ve ever blogged on Jamie’s Italian in Singapore, chances are I’d have read it. You see, before heading there for dinner, I did my homework and basically went through the first 20 Google pages for “jamie oliver singapore”, just to know what’s good and which dishes to avoid no matter what. Happy to report that my research paid off! I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here, even though there are apparently quite a few disses in the food-blogosphere~

Anyway, naysayers or not, standouts imo include the baked mushrooms which all self-respecting fungi fans will love (this was so good that I was reluctant to share haha), the light and healthy baked halibut which is new on the menu (yes, barely four months after opening its doors, the menu has already been updated with seasonal revisions and more than 15 new dishes!), the epic brownie (with a name like that, you can expect to be blown away by the warm, fudgy, oh-so-decadent brownie slathered in hot chocolate sauce and crowned with amaretto ice cream and caramel popcorn wooooooo) and predictably, my favourite dependable tiramisu!

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Sweet Mini Chilli Peppers ($12.50++)
red chillies stuffed with tuna, capers, herb cress & anchovies

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Baked Mushrooms ($12.50++)
swiss browns with crispy “music bread” & smoked buffalo mozzarella

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Honeycomb Cannelloni Three-Ways ($19.50++)
aubergine & sun-dried tomato, pumpkin, ricotta & spinach

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Baked Sustainable Halibut ($29.90++)
farm-raised delicate white fish from Norway, spring vegetable stew with broad beans, celery, peas, asparagus, pancetta and baby onions cooked down with white wine, roman fried artichokes, crostini & lemony yoghurt dressing

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30-Day Matured Prime Rib ($59.50++)
350g angus breed bone-in strip loin served with wild mushrooms & peppery endives, summer truffle butter & shaved tuscan black truffles (additional $5++)

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Epic Brownie ($11.50++)
warm fudgy brownie with amaretto ice cream & caramelised amaretti popcorn

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Raspberry Frangipane ($9.50++)
fresh raspberries & almond filling with crème fraîche ice cream & berry drizzle

P.S. the dim lighting gave such a strange hue to the raspberries *cringe*

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Tiramisu ($11.50++)
coffee-flavoured trifle with orange mascarpone & chocolate

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My thanks to Stefanie for inviting and hosting dinner!

Jamie’s Italian
#01-165/166/167, Vivocity
1 Harbourfront Walk
6733 5500

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Prego

Prego has been a part of Raffles City Shopping Centre (technically it’s part of Fairmont) for as long as I can remember but somehow it’s one of those places which end up on my “KIV” list. Came in handy when BFF and I couldn’t decide on a dinner venue so Italian cuisine at Prego it was. Pleasantly surprised that it was almost full on a weekday night and there was a nice buzz to the huge restaurant. This also seems like a popular place for birthday celebrations as we spied at least three birthday cakes being served during our meal.

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Capesante in Crosta ($28++)
parmesan crusted scallop, pumpkin puree, truffle dressing

Our first choice for starter was unavailable (hate it when this happens! Inability to deliver what’s on the menu is my restaurant pet peeve, humph) so we settled for the scallops which were good but nothing to shout about.

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Ravioli ($30++)
spinach and ricotta ravioli, brown butter, sage

There’s only one stuffed pasta (which is the only type of pasta I like) under primi piatti so of course the ravioli was the chosen one. Like the scallops, this was decent in a carbs-I-don’t-mind-having kind of way.

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Merluzzo ($42++)
baked cod fish, artichoke, pomodorini, kalamata olive, mashed potato

I’m sure regular readers are sick and tired of me raving about (almost) every single cod fish so I shall restrain myself today… Not. This was excellent!! Love the freshness, the fatty oiliness, the soft and buttery texture, and how it literally melted in the mouth with every bite! Satisfying.

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Tiramisu ($14++)
“Our House Signature”

There’s no way we can skip tiramisu as the perfect ending to our meal. It’s my second favourite dessert ever (guess what’s first?) and Prego’s rendition gets two thumbs up! So moist and the proportion of  ladyfingers and mascarpone cheese is just right. If only there’s alcohol in it, lalala~~

P.S. BFF recently went to Valentino and she reported that Prego’s tiramisu is nicer! I believe her : )

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Prego
Level 1, Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road
6431 6156

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When it comes to food, it’s all about personal preferences. Nothing illustrates that more than pizza. Thin, thick, crusty, fluffy, light, chewy, dense, pizza is definitely not a one size fits all.

Which brings me to our dinner at Pizzeria Mozza.

Expectations were naturally high since there’s so many raves about this celebrity restaurant churning out the “best pizza in Singapore”. I’ve got to admit, I wasn’t disappointed as dinner was very pleasant and I enjoyed it very much. But the best? Not imo, and the rest of the party wasn’t convinced either.

Purists will faint, but I still love Skinny Pizza (yes yes I hear you, it’s not even real pizza but I like it alright?!); my BFF prefers Pepperoni Pizzeria; K’s BFF likes Spizza; and K’s favourite is still Domino’s Pizza — to which I pointedly ignored since that’s in the same category as Macd, i.e. junk food to me.

Both the ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms and baked sardines were nice but expensive. And weirdly portioned for 3, I wonder what’s the logic~ We had one meat lover pizza and two vegetarian ones (LOVE K and the friends for always letting me be the bossy one and order for everyone). When they arrived, everyone condemned the stracchino with peas but surprise surprise, this underdog was the favourite for the majority (K was a joker and said his favourite was the crust when I asked which pizza he liked best)! Guess this was the most well-balanced; the meaty one was too heavy and while the mushroom-lover in me likes the funghi misti too, it was kind of monotonous. The caramel copetta was the perfect sweet-salty dessert with a clever marshmallow sauce (why do we not see this more often?!) and though I didn’t like the butterscotch budino initially, it slowly grew on me until unconsciously, I started to reach for another taste. Quite magical!

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Complimentary Bread “Chips”

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Fried Squash Blossoms, Ricotta ($16++)

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Sardines, Toasted Baguette, Citrus ($18++)

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Funghi Misti, Fontina, Taleggio & Thyme ($30++)

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Stracchino with Scallions, Peas, Funghi, Thyme & Parmeggiano ($28++)

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Bacon, Salami, Fennel Sausage, Pancetta, Tomato & Mozzarella ($37++)

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Caramel Copetta with Marshmallow Sauce & Salted Spanish Peanuts ($16++)

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Butterscotch Budino, Maldon Sea Salt & Rosemary Pine Nut Cookies ($16++)

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Pizzeria Mozza
#B1-42/46, Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
6688 8868

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I have nothing but praise and more praise for Senso Ristorante!

Excellent service right from the start, our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Classy and romantic ambience perfect for a date, so why was I there with my girlfriend haha. Fresh and well executed Italian cuisine, it was a flawless meal and I enjoyed every last bite of it.

We started with the complimentary bread basket and a fava beans with eggplant caponata amuse bouche. I skipped the bread as usual but the girlfriend polished off more than her share of the focaccia. Starter of pan-seared tuna and more of that delicious eggplant caponata was thoughtfully served in two individual portions since we were sharing it (more restaurants should learn that neat little trick to win the hearts of diners).

I still look back and think of my roasted cod fondly, so plump and juicy (her comment that “the oil will burst out in your mouth!!” makes me laugh lol), happy sighhh. Note to self: ask for less mash and more puree next time. Her seafood linguine is nice too if you are into pasta (I’m not, unless it’s ravioli/tortellini). Contrary to popular belief, girls do not like to share desserts so we each ordered a tiramisu (never say we girls can’t eat). Smart choice it was, as the tiramisu was too lovely to be shared! And we were surprised with two glasses of sweet dessert wine on the house, so dinner ended on a super sweet note!

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Mediterranean Tuna ($26++)
pan-seared tuna medallions with sesame seeds on eggplant puree and eggplant ‘caponata’

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Cod Fillet ($40++)
gently-roasted cod served on potato mash, eggplant puree and green asparagus

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Linguine ($30++)
pasta with mixed seafood in sardinian vermentino white wine sauce

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Tiramisu ‘Senso’ ($14++)

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Senso Ristorante & Bar
#01-01, 21 Club Street
6224 3534

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Dolcetto by Basilico

I really like Dolcetto by Basilico!

Housed in a quiet corner of The Regent Hotel, Dolcetto is the sorellina of popular Italian restaurant Basilico, in town yet far farrrrrrr (especially if you walk from Orchard MRT) away from the hustle and bustle. Though it’s operating as a takeaway gourmet deli, there’s comfy tables and chairs strategically placed outside for customers who wish to dine-inout.

I’ve been lusting after the squid ink panini for ages, and the real thing didn’t disappoint! Sure, the fillings of king crab and prawns were downright miserly, but the splendidly black sandwich was extremely fresh and tasty. Another savoury hit was the spinach gorgonzola torta rustica, hearty and robust. I was really happy that we chose this even though quiches and cheesy tarts are never high on our foodie wish list!

Don’t leave Dolcetto without desserts, please. That will be too cruel. There’s plenty of pretty pastries and cakes on display; take your pick! Petite hazelnut aragostina was impossibly flaky and crispy, with lusciously smooth ferrero rocher-ish cream within. There’s also a version piped with pistachio cream, I want that next!!

And saving the best for the last, there’s an unpretentiously moist and lovely fig cake that’s absolutely a must-try! The other day, while I was editing the photo of the fig cake, my sis walked past and suddenly exclaimed, “I want to eat that again!”~ I guess that nicely sums up how we feel about this simple but no less delicious buttery treat!

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Squid Ink Panini with King Crab and Prawns ($13)

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Spinach and Gorgonzola Torta Rustica ($10)

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Fig Cake ($8)

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Hazelnut Aragostina ($2.25)

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Dolcetto by Basilico
1 Cuscaden Road
Lobby Level The Regent Singapore
6720 8000

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La Pizzaiola

I wanted to like La Pizzaiola but I didn’t.

Rather bland and oily, the pumpkin ravioli was nothing compared to Pasta Brava’s wickedly gratifying version. Pizza was not bad with a thin crust, though I’m bothered that they don’t do boring smoked salmon here, haha. On hindsight, getting the specialty whole grain pasta was not too smart; the same pizza crust covered a medley of cooked brown pasta, potatoes and lots (and lots) of cheese. If that’s not an overload of carbs and cheese, I don’t know what is.

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Tortelli Di Zucca ($13.90++)
hand-made pumpkin ravioli, butter, sage, parmesan

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Pizza Mortadella ($17.90++)
tomato, mozzarella, Italian cured sausage

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Pizzaoccheri Della Valtellina ($13.90++)
hand-made whole grain pasta, butter, sage, potato, cheese

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La Pizzaiola
15/3 Jalan Riang
6282 5031

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Bella Pizza

Google “best pizza in Singapore” and you will likely come across Bella Pizza.

I wonder why though, as the pizza salmone ($22++) was so-so, hmm…

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Bella Pizza
#01-14, Riverside View
30 Robertson Quay
6734 0139

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When I received the tasting invitation from Stiff Chilli, I thought the name sounded familiar. Turned out there really was such a restaurant a few years ago! Reopening in Singapore again after a 3 years hiatus, Stiff Chilli is actually an Italian chain originating from Bali.

Because we tried so much food and had food coma at the end, there’s understandably bound to be hits and misses…

Dinner started with the classic Neapolitan eggplant parmesan, so so delicious that I single-handedly finished this! In fact, I think this was my favorite that night. I usually don’t like heavy cheesy stuff, but I requested for less cheese this time and hit the jackpot! Tuna salad was boring, even the most culinary-challenged can easily replicate this at home with canned tuna. Far from being watery and diluted, the mixed seafood soup had plenty of rich flavours, niceeee.

I seldom rave about pizza, but the hand-rolled in-house crust here was incredibly paper-thin, almost like Skinny Pizza! My vote went to porcini (can’t resist anything with truffle, heh); his to speck, the house signature. We like the briny squid ink pasta unanimously; the rest was nothing memorable. The only main we tried was the salmon interestingly paired with pink lobster sauce, but pity it was a tad overcooked so I won’t say go for it.

Out of all the desserts served, I love the molten chocolate cake most. Soft tender cake encasing a generous flow of liquid chocolate, I haven’t had such a good lava cake in a long time! Oozing decadence it was, ahhh. On the other end of the spectrum, we took a bite of the tiramisu and it was enough. Hope I don’t need to be any more blatant than that, haha.

Parmigiana di Melanzane ($13+)
baked eggplant, basil, parmesan cheese, tomato sauce

Insalata di Tonno ($12+)
mixed salad, tuna chunks, onions, olives, capers, extra virgin olive oil

Zuppa di Pesce ($12+)
mixed seafood soup

Speck ($21+)
double smoked mountain ham, gorgonzola, mozzarella cheese

Porcini ($21+)
pesto, porcini mushrooms, truffle olive oil

Frutti di Mare ($22+)
tomato, mozzarella cheese, mixed seafood

Tonarelli all’Inchiostro ($18+)
homemade squid ink pasta, smoked marlin sauce

Cappelini AOP e Petto d’ Anatra ($18+)
angel hair pasta, garlic, chilli, duck breast

Ravioli di Zucca Burro e Salvia ($18+)
stuffed pumpkin pasta, butter-sage sauce

Ravioli di Mare all Moda ($18+)
stuffed seafood pasta, seafood reduction

Filetto di Salmone Cremolato ($24+)
pan-fried salmon, mixed salad, pink lobster sauce

Homemade Gelato ($7.50+)
mangosteen sorbet, chilli chocolate

Special Gelato ($9+)
coconut and mango, chocolate and vanilla, pineapple sorbet

Tiramisu ($10+)
coffee, mascarpone cake

Stiff Chilli Lava Cake ($10+)
molten chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream

Special thanks to Kelis for the kind invitation!

Stiff Chilli
279 Jalan Besar
6297 5509

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