Bon Giorno! On this lovely Sunday morning, I’m going to bring you to a beautiful restaurant that is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or a special dinner with family, or even gathering with friends.
That is Modesto’s Pizzeria at VivoCity.
A little bit of introduction, Modesto’s Pizzeria has been in Singapore for over a decade and their flagship outlet is located along Singapore’s busiest shopping belt at Orchard. The Italian restaurant chain has since expanded to four outlets in Singapore at Orchard, Elizabeth, Katong and VivoCity.
Modesto’s Pizzeria at VivoCity
Modesto’s Pizzeria at VivoCity Shopping Centre has recently been relocated from Level 1 to Level 3. Its current location at the roof top of VivoCity has many advantages. Firstly, there is a beautiful view from the sky park and plenty of space for kids to roam around (if you’re seated outdoor). Secondly, the location is less crowded as compared to inside of the shopping centre.
If you’re wondering if this is a family-friendly restaurant, then the answer is YES! There are kid’s menu, high chairs and colouring sheets (colours are provided too) to keep the kids comfortable and entertained in the restaurant.
We went for a dinner on Saturday night. It was still drizzling, so we chose to sit indoor on the upper deck. The indoor dining area is separated into two decks. I would say that the upper deck is more suitable for families. The lower deck has high tables and bar stools, which might be difficult for children.
This is my first visit to Modesto’s and I was intrigued by the ambience of this outlet. The interior lightning is moderately dim, which makes me feel so nice and cosy. The Christmas decorations are up in the restaurant, thus giving us a festive feeling that enhances our overall dining experience.
There is a junior’s set menu at $12.90++ that comprises a drink, a choice of pasta or mini pizza and a dessert.
(Sorry that the chicken wings looked a bit dark in this picture due to the dim lightning)
For the appetizers, we ordered the Alette Di Pollo ($17) – that’s my all-time favourite, deep-fried chicken wings and drumlets. They are so crispy and flavourful! We also ordered the Gamberetti Fritti ($16) – marinated prawns wrapped in the pastry and deep-friend. Both appetizers come with yummy home-made chilli sauce and tartar sauce.
For the soup, we ordered the Zuppeta Pesce ($18) – an assortment of fresh prawns, squids, clams and mussels, simmered in fresh tomato sauce. It’s not spicy, so the kids can totally enjoy this delicious fresh seafood and soup.
For the main course, the traditional wood-fired pizza is certainly not to be missed. We ordered a regular-sized (12-inch) Misto Carne – pizza with marinated chicken, spicy pork salami, chicken sausages and cooked pork ham.
The serving is quite huge, good for 2-3 pax. Little Edison was totally in-love with the thin-crust pizza! The only pizza that he has eaten before is at Pizza Hut, so he was raving for the thin-crust pizza so much because it is amazingly delicious!
The crust is firm and crispy, and it has a delicious combination of toppings: chicken, pork, sausages and ham. That’s what I like about it.
For the pasta, we ordered the Linguine Modesto’s ($29) under the Modesto’s Special Pasta category. It is flat spaghetti with fresh prawns, squid, clams, mussels, whole crab, anchovies, capers, dried chilli, garlic, white wine and fresh tomato sauce, cooked in traditional Italian Cartoccio style.
It was really ‘love at first mouthful’ – if such term do exists! Haha!
This pasta is really delicious and I highly recommend it. Its serving size is huge and good for twin-sharing too.
After a sumptuous dinner, we unwind with refreshing fruit juices and yummy strawberry milkshake for Little Edison. We had to skip the dessert because our tummies are already 150% full! You can judge from the amount of food that we ordered.
All in all, we really enjoyed our dinner at Modesto’s VivoCity. It’s been so long since I last had such a romantic dinner with V (and with Little Edison in-tow). I’ve to make a special mention for the excellent service rendered to us by the restaurant staffs.
After the dinner, V said “We should come more often, dear!” And I replied, “That’s for sure!”
If you’re thinking of giving this restaurant a try, here’s a good news for you. I have two $50 Modesto’s dining vouchers to giveaway to two readers.
Hop over to Our Little Smarties Facebook Page for details on this giveaway. Good luck!
For more information on Modesto’s Pizzeria, please visit their website or Facebook Page.
Disclosure: Dining vouchers for giveaway contest are sponsored by Modesto’s. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are honest and are my own.
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The moment we arrived at LEGOLAND Hotel, we were ushered into a wonderful world of LEGO where everything is literally built with LEGO bricks. You’ll probably have the same feeling after reading my first post. As promised, I’ll bring you for a visual tour to the various themed rooms in LEGOLAND Hotel in this post.
There are 4 different room types in LEGOLAND Hotel. Their sizes and capacities are depicted below:
- Theme Room – 35sqm (5 pax)
- Premium Theme Room – 35sqm (5 pax)
- Deluxe Theme Room – 50sqm (8 pax)
- Suite – 70sqm (8 pax)
All the rooms have theme park views, except the theme rooms (#1). Besides the view, the theme rooms have minor differences in its wall and door finishing. Part of the room is painted, as compared to the other rooms where all the walls have wallpapers. Please refer to the hotel website for pictures.
[View from our room] We stayed in a premium pirate themed room with a complete view of the theme parks!
During the media preview, I understand that the price difference between the theme room and premium theme room can be as low as RM50 during the low seasons.
King-sized bed in our pirate room
All the rooms include a king-sized bed for adults, plus a separate semi-private sleeping area for children, complete with a bunk bed, pull-out trundle bed, entertainment unit and LEGO toys. For deluxe room and suite, there are two bunk beds and two pull-out trundle beds.
All the rooms also come with a high-definition flat panel television, mini-fridge, coffee-maker, work-station, hair-dryer and complimentary toiletries. The toiletries provided are hand soap and 2-in-1 body shower and shampoo on wall-mounted dispensers (no miniature sized bottles).
All the bathrooms have standing shower, with no bath tub except the suite. The suite has two bathrooms – one with bath tub, and the other one with standing shower. The suite also has a living and dining hall.
Bath tub for suites only
Room rates start from RM400, depending on room types and seasons, and it includes breakfast for all pax. Theme park and water park tickets are to be purchased separately. Complimentary car-parking is provided for all guests.
I’ve to make a special mention for the Treasure Chest (with a brick built monkey sitting on top) that is available in all rooms. There is a paper where the children need to solve some clues in their room to get the code to unlock the treasure chest. This definitely got Little Edison super excited, and of course, he managed to unlock the chest and get rewarded with some goodies.
Goodies in the Treasure Chest
Besides the four room types, there are three different themes to choose from. And they are:
1. Pirate: You’ll see pirate bedding, curtains, skulls and cross bones, as well as a LEGO parrot.
2. Adventure: You’ll see hidden treasures, scorpions, lizards and other jungle animals.
Kingdom Themed Room
Kingdom Themed Room – The Bunk Bed
Two bunk beds in a Kingdom Suite
Living hall in a Kingdom Suite
Extended bathrom in a Kingdom Suite
3. Kingdom: You’ll see bunting, shields, fire, and flags that meet the royal standards.
The hotel dining includes:
- Bricks Family Restaurant: It’s an all day dining, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a buffet-style. It’s the biggest restaurant in the hotel, with a capacity for 465 guests!
- Gourmet Bricks Fine Dining: It’s an ala-carte restaurant. (Not opened yet during the media preview)
- The Skyline Bar: It serves drinks throughout the day.
During our stay, we had our breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Bricks Family Restaurant. The buffet spread is impressive, and we really like the local nasi lemak, chicken curry, prawn sambal and tom yam soup!
The ice-cream corner is keeping our boy really busy.
Last but not least, you can get a chance to take pictures with life-sized LEGO figures during your meal! How awesome is that!
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay at LEGOLAND Hotel, as well as two days of fun at the theme park and water park. I’ve attempted to come up with a few criticisms, but I really can’t think of anything that did not meet my expectations.
Does that warrant a trip back any time soon? Certainly YES! We’ll be back again! For those of you who are planning for a visit this Dec school holiday, a quick word – GO FOR IT!
Click HERE to read my previous posts on LEGOLAND theme park. Visit Legoland Malaysia website at http://www.LEGOLAND.my for more information.
Disclosure: This trip is sponsored by LEGOLAND Malaysia. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are honest and are my own.
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To all of us – fans of the LEGOLAND theme park, we’ll be delighted to know that LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia opened its door on the 29 Nov 2013 to welcome guests from across the region. This is Asia’s first LEGOLAND Hotel which offers 249 uniquely themed bedrooms, and its opening also marks the complete transformation of LEGOLAND into a Resort.
Now, LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort brings together a Theme Park, Water Park and Hotel in one LEGO® themed location with more than 70 hands-on rides, slides, shows and attractions. This is really exciting! It’s just an hour drive from Singapore customs to this unique holiday destination. And we have one more option on our holiday list now!
We’re truly grateful to be invited to the LEGOLAND Hotel media preview and be the first to stay in this hotel. And I’m equally excited to share all the details of this hotel with you today on my blog. Hopefully, if you’re planning a trip to this resort, this post will be helpful to you.
The moment I saw LEGOLAND Hotel, I was like “Wow! This hotel looks like it’s built entirely with millions and millions of LEGO bricks!” What’s immediately striking is how bright and fresh the hotel looks like with its classic LEGO colour scheme.
The entrance of the hotel is guarded by a huge, brick built dragon. It roars with smoke coming from its nostrils every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day. Yes, the dragon never sleeps and if you happen to hear roaring sound, don’t be puzzled. It’s from the dragon.
When we stepped into the hotel reception, Little Edison was truly amazed and he went “Oh, I haven’t seen so much LEGO bricks in my entire life! Everywhere here is LEGO!” He was beaming with joy and excitement! That’s what I called a true child’s paradise.
Entering the reception area gives a great sense of what’s in store in the rest of the LEGOLAND Hotel. On the left, there is a huge 32-foot high pirate shipwreck with a LEGO river. On the right, there is a big castle guarded by a LEGO ogre where children can actually enter and play.
It’s a perfect idea that at LEGOLAND, children don’t need to feel bored while waiting for their parents to check-in. They can immediately have some fun at the pirate shipwreck and castle.
When you check-in, you’ll be impressed with the amazing display of 12,528 LEGO mini-figures behind the reception desk. A giant LEGO figure will cycle across the display, with magnifying glasses on the wheels. I simply love the attention to details that adds to the uniqueness of this hotel.
There is a retail shop for guests to buy their souvenirs. There’s also a dedicated play area with more than 100,000 LEGO bricks. For toddlers, there is a special play area with bricks foams (softer in texture). Oh, have I mentioned about the Xbox 360 Kinetic in the play area? I think parents will have good fun too!
There is a courtyard garden, swimming pool and children’s wadding pool in this hotel. There are also daily kids activities organized by the hotel staffs.
Bricks Family Restaurant is the biggest restaurant in this hotel that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a buffet-style. The dining environment is wonderfully relaxed and spacious for children to move around. The furnishing is colourful and bright, and you’ll also see LEGO fun elements in the restaurant.
Once check-in is completed, the LEGO lifts will take guests to their appropriate floors. You need to scan your hotel key card to gain access to the specific floors (good security!). From the character-themed ‘disco’ lifts to the themed bedrooms and throughout the entire floor, the walls, carpets and doors are designed according to their themes. The three themes are Pirate, Adventure and Kingdom.
One post is certainly not enough to share with you about this beautiful LEGOLAND Hotel. In my next post, I will take you to our premium pirate-themed bedroom. So, please stay tuned!
Please visit Legoland Malaysia website at http://www.LEGOLAND.my for more information.
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