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Featuring La Nonna (Holland Village), Pete's Place (Grand Hyatt Singapore), Shinji by Kanesaka (Carlton Hotel), Zafferano, Senso Ristorante & Bar, PizzaExpress (Scotts Square), Empress, One-Ninety Restaurant (Four Seasons Hotel Singapore), Xi Yan Casual Dining (Shaw Centre), Chicken Up (The Centrepoint)
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The food is decent (pizzas are excellent; lobster ravioli so-so; wet risotto very wet and quite unusual but not great; forget about mediocre antipasti). However, it is satisfying, almost like meals cooked by a loving grandma who is not a fabulous chef. The place has two qualities: it is very good value (especially when special 1-for-1 offers are on), and service is exceptionally warm and friendly.

The food is decent (pizzas are excellent; lobster ravioli so-so; wet risotto very wet and quite unusual but not great; forget about mediocre antipasti). However, it is satisfying, almost like meals cooked by a loving grandma who is not a fabulous chef. The place has two qualities: it is very good value (especially when special 1-for-1 offers are on), and service is exceptionally warm and friendly.

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First time back since they moved from a Raffles to Carlton hotel. Don’t be stingy st Shinjii - go for the Chef’s omakase where you can make specific requests. Of ourse, it’s extremely good, especially the cooked dishes. Somehow, I prefer the sushi at Ashino, and I find the uni rice bowl at Ki-sho more satisfying. But, at this level, differences are minimal and preferences are more a personal matter.

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First time back since they moved from a Raffles to Carlton hotel. Don’t be stingy st Shinjii - go for the Chef’s omakase where you can make specific requests. Of ourse, it’s extremely good, especially the cooked dishes. Somehow, I prefer the sushi at Ashino, and I find the uni rice bowl at Ki-sho more satisfying. But, at this level, differences are minimal and preferences are more a personal matter.

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Great view over the CBD. The food, while good, is less creative or exquisite than some other Italians nearby, like Osteria Arte or Braci. Good-value set lunch.

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Great view over the CBD. The food, while good, is less creative or exquisite than some other Italians nearby, like Osteria Arte or Braci. Good-value set lunch.

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Senso used to be one of the better Italian eateries in Singapore when it first opened. Now, there are at least a dozen restaurants where the food is better, more creative, or both. Yet, prices are at the same level as the best in town. Service is competent, but old-fashioned and not pro-active. Sure, the patio is nice and the ambience pleasant, but I’d rather have the better food at Braci, Osteria Arte, Garibaldi, etc.

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A throwback to the Italian dining scene in Singapore in the 80’s: grim, dark décor with low ceiling; noisy Muzak with nondescript music. The food is extremely traditional and ranges from bad (eg. mushy pizza) to mediocre (the two pastas on offer at brunch) to average (eg. baked fish). With so many great Italian restaurants in Singapore now, why bother? If you have the one-for-one offer with the Hyatt Club membership, it may be worth a try. Otherwise, you’d certainly be better off elsewhere. Service is also 80’s style - very attentive and friendly!

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Not only the food is innovative with interesting, modern interpretations of traditional Chinese cuisine, but the dishes are also scrumptuous. It’s a bit hidden, so it attracts a mainly local clientèle. Don’t miss the signature dishes, like salivating chicken, deep fried pork belly, rice in fragrant fish broth, bitter gourd with minced pork. The place is small but not intimate, as it’s open, and one can see people walking by, or having a foot massage across the hallway; fortunately, the foot odour doesn’t interfere with the nourishing smell of the delicious food. Prices are very reasonable given the quality.

Long menu. The food is good, even if nothing to write home about. But pricing is pretty reasonable for the quality. Maybe that’s due to competitors in the neighborhood: BurgerKing, Subway, etc. In fact, perhaps among the tastier counters in this mall. Friendly and hard-working Vietnamese staff.

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The fried chicken is very yummy - crispy outside, extremely moist inside, and served right after cooking so burning hot. The spicy Yangnyum version is really spicy, and extraordinarily messy to eat, but you are given plastic gloves, and there’s a water sink inside the restaurant. Helpful and friendly service. The main problem is portions are gigantic (especially the UFO Platters and certain drinks like Watermelon Soju), so you cannot sample too many dishes unless you’re a big party. We will have to go back!

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Outside its country of origin, the UK, PizzaExpress tries to position itself as a premium brand. However, the menu is not too creative (California Pizza Kitchen is much better in this regard), and execution is average. The thin crust pizzas are not the crispiest, especially after 10-15 minutes or so. The dough balls that so many people crave about are poor renditions of the Brazilian pão de queijo. There’s nothing super about the Super Food salad. Service is very friendly, but not proactive. We’ll stick to CPK, even if it has gone a bit downhill lately.

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