The Cliff at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa unveils a rustic Italian dining experience
So long ilLido
Once a grandiose restaurant where one would visit at an occasional expense, The Cliff isn't quite the same anymore. Having bid its partnership with the esteemed ilLido Group goodbye, The Cliff sans the ilLido name reveals a different front as well as a refurbished menu catered to the everyday casual diner. For starters, it's now a place you can easily waltz in without feeling undressed in your beach shorts and slippers.
Being Italian-focused still remains at the core of the spacious 190-seater with Chef Simone Fraternali at the helm. The new menu showcases a stellar selection of modern and rustic Italian delights that take on a lower price point (leaning away from the exhaustive use of delicacies in the previous offerings), and put a delicate spin on fresh produce. Take your pick from their Grilled Octopus with Orange Potato and Salmorigalio or Beef Cheek Tortelli and Grana Padano Cream and Red Wine Sauce — the latter left us wanting more. Folks who love their lobster, please do yourselves a favour and order the Spaghetti "alla Chitarra" with Smoky Lobster. Expect an intoxicating sauce made of simmered fresh lobster, married with al dente homemade pasta.
You will also find influences from other regions peppered throughout the menu. For instance, in their selection of homemade pizzas, inventive toppings like balsamic Kurobuta pork jowl and almond pesto are incorporated atop the light and airy dough discs, kneaded by the chef himself.
What's more? The swanky spot sheds its service uniforms and formal table cloths, and in its place, introduces tropical-chic wear for the staff as well as teal-coloured placemats. This ties in beautifully with the shades of its outdoor pool as well as the restaurant's panoramic view of the South China Sea.
After all, if there's one thing we don't want to see casted out, it's the prime location of the inviting vistas at The Cliff. How else would it have earned its namesake of being one of the most romantic spots in Singapore? You'll see what we mean when the sun sets at this beautiful sanctuary.
2 Bukit Manis Road, Tel: 6708 8310
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm