Formerly ilLido at the Cliff, the Cliff now boasts a more casual fun concept.
No longer under restaurateur Beppe de Vito’s ilLIdo Group, the refreshed the Cliff is what operations manager and sommelier Valentina Benedetti calls going “from fine dining to fun dining”. Now a casual all-day dining venue, the restaurant, lounge and bar is positioned as a great spot just to have an aperol spritz by the pool, or to tuck into modern Italian dishes as as you watch the sun go down.
Chef de cuisine Simone Fraternali, who continues to be at the helm, has kept his signature handmade pastas on the menu, with winners like spaghetti “Alla Chitarra” with smoky lobster ($42), and beef cheek tortelli with parmesan cream and red wine sauce ($30).
But he is excited to be adding a range of pizzas to his repertoire for the first time. We loved his fior de latte, mascarpone and truffle cream ($32), for its unvarnished flavours. But if you like your pizza smoky and savoury, go for the smoked scamorza, balsamic Kurobuta pork jowl, caramelised onion and mushroom ($26).
Also look out for hearty new mains the likes of whole seabass with butternut, taggiasche olive and rosemary ($60), and Cioppino soup, seafood, basil and orange ($30). For dessert, there are a number of options to tease the palate here, such as raspberry and sorrento lemon custard tart ($12) and gianduia mousse with white chocolate and espresso cream ($12).
Always keen to introduce the best of Italian produce to diners, Fraternali has added new set menus to the restaurant’s offerings. In the last week of every month, he presents a degustation set menu featuring regional dishes, while every Thursday, a four-course set menu highlighting seasonal produce is available in ‘An Italian Affair with Chef Simone’.
2 Bukit Manis Road. Tel: 6708 8310