An established and well-favoured Italian dining destination in Singapore, Senso Ristorante & Bar has just past the 14-year mark in Singapore’s culinary scene since its inception in 2000 –a huge achievement indeed. It is one of the longest standing Italian restaurants in Singapore, continually winning the hearts of returning patrons with its no-nonsense and well-executed fine contemporary Italian cuisine and consistent quality.
On a side note, Senso seems to be exceedingly popular with marriage proposals; its charming and intimate environ makes for the perfect setting for anything that spells romance. And due to its close proximity to the CBD area, lunch on weekdays is always a busy affair. On many occasions, this 156-seater establishment has to cope with being fully booked; it is certainly in capable hands to be able to do so.
Carnaroli Risotto ($30) – Traditional carnaroli risotto with white and green asparagus, aged parmesan flakes and fresh basil
This season, Senso updates its spring a la carte menu with intriguing possibilities, and at the same time, bringing forth a menu revolving around the vegetable of the season –asparagus, both white and green.
White & Green Asparagus Salad ($30)
The White & Green Asparagus Salad travels with aged parma ham, slow cooked organic poached egg, parmesan chips and mesclun salad. It is lightly drizzled in balsamic dressing so as to allow the delicate flavour of asparagus to shine through.
Scallop in Shell ($30)
The Scallop in Shell from the Antipasti section of the Spring menu is a highlight, certainly not to be dismissed out of hand. Plump succulent Adriatic scallop are lovingly pan-seared, nestling on a bed of sautéed baby spinach and candied tomatoes, blanketed in an ethereal spinach foam and crowned with Avruga caviar.
The Farro would make a healthier carbohydrate option. Organic dinkel wheat is slow-cooked just as a risotto is cooked, with a scattering of spring vegetables, diced carrots, peas and fava beans, topped with Parmesan cheese flakes. Possessing high nutritional value of fibre, protein and iron, the wholesome grain lends a chewy bite and nutty flavour as compared to the otherwise starchy risotto.
Sea Bass ($40) – Braised sea bass with Italian anise-flavoured liqueur ‘Sambuca’, purple artichokes, confit of wine tomatoes and crushed potatoes with black olives and parma ham flakes
Beef Tenderloin ($44) – Australian grain-fed beef tenderloin ‘Rossini’ with white asparagus and seasonal vegetables
Semifreddo ($14) – Italian pistachio and macadamia semifreddo with rhubarb compote and chocolate crumble
If you ever need a recommendation for Italian cuisine, Senso Ristorante & Bar would be one of the first few names to pop up in my head.
Senso Ristorante & Bar
21 Club Street
Tel: (65) 6224 3534
Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm (Mon-Fri)
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Brunch: 11.30am – 3pm (Sun)