For the full review, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/09/il-lido.html
I'd casually mentioned, while making a reservation, that we were celebrating a colleague's birthday, and the staff actually gifted us a surprise birthday cake for the birthday boy.
Great service aside, the food was fantastic; masterful and exquisite. Best of all, the portions were pleasingly hearty. So even with the upmarket prices, I thought the meal was thoroughly worthwhile.
Shortly after we were seated, we were served not one, but TWO, amuse bouche!
1) First off was a cup of Porcini Mushroom Soup
laced with roasted barley for a little crunch
2) Next up was the Truffle Arancini
, a miniature riceball crowned with a truffle shaving, intensely fragrant and wonderfully textured.
3) A tip for the wallet-light: get the extremely value-for-money 3-Course Set Lunch
($38), complete with an amuse bouche and coffee or tea.
4) The daily soup option was a Cream of Asparagus
, smooth and thick, fragranced by a splash of truffle oil.
5) The daily choice appetizer was a melt-in-your-mouth Beef Carpaccio
, simply flavoured with shavings of parmigiano and wisps of microgreens and arugula, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
5) An ala carte menu item, the Green Asparagus & Truffle Casserole
($28) was a bright green soft-boiled egg slurry weaved with garlic croutons and diced asparagus.
6) For the mains, the pasta-of-the-day was a soft and chewy Homemade Penne with Pumpkin Squash
and truffle sand, homey and sweet and mellow.
7) The daily fish was a perfectly Grilled Halibut
with grilled root veggies, a light-as-air pomme puree and brown jus.
8) Off the ala carte menu, the Mushroom Risotto
($35) stirred with stracchino cheese, and topped with shimeiji mushrooms and micro-cress, was sumptuous. A word of caution to small eaters though, this was massively portioned!
9) The daily dessert option was a Vanilla Panna Cotta
, a wobbly cone of delicate cream, balanced by the tart-ish strawberries.
10) Some of us swopped out the daily dessert for a sweet on the ala carte menu. It was really nice that we were allowed to do that. The Banana Brulee
($18) was sweetened with salted caramel and sided by a rich coconut gelato.
11) The Hazelnut Coulant
($18) was rich but nuanced, and juxtaposed with a spiced chocolate gelato.
12) The complimentary birthday cake, a Tiramisu Moderno
(usual price $18) was an excellent rendition of the classic Italian confectionery. This was at once heady, creamy and moist.
13) Another ala carte menu item was the Italian Cheese Platter
($28), a fine selection of the blue, fontina and parmigiano varietals. Dates, fig compote and some rustic garlic-rubbed toast were on hand to help mop up every last bit of the funky cheese