Modesto’s Pizzeria at VivoCity: Review & Giveaway

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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There is a junior’s set menu at $12.90++ that comprises a drink, a choice of pasta or mini pizza and a dessert.

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(Sorry that the chicken wings looked a bit dark in this picture due to the dim lightning)

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Gamberetti Fritti

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.

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Zuppeta Pesce

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.

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Misto Carne

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.

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Linguine Modesto’s

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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Tangalooma Island Resort – Food & Travel Tips

Well, this is my final post on Tangalooma Island Resort. If you missed my earlier posts, please click HERE to read them.

After a long day at play, what we really need is a nice and sumptuous dinner. So, this post is all about the yummy food that we had at Tangalooma Island Resort.

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There are four restaurants at this resort where guests can enjoy their meals:

  1. Tursiops Buffet Restaurant: It offers great value buffet dining from breakfast, lunch to dinner.
  2. Beach House Rotunda Restaurant: This is our favourite restaurant among the four! It’s a fine dining delight, located on the beach frontage, overlooking the pristine waters of Moreton Bay. It caters for both indoor and outdoor dining. I love to sit outdoor; it’s really a delight to dine while enjoying the cool sea breeze and fantastic sea view.
  3. Beach Cafe: From light meals such as pizzas, burgers and chips, to seafood platters, spaghetti and more, there are a variety of tasty dishes to choose from at the Beach Café.
  4. The Coffee Shop: For light breakfast or tea breaks, guests can enjoy yummy hot pies, cakes, ice-cream, sandwiches and hot drinks here.

I’m not a food blogger, so I do not know what’s the best word to describe how delicious the food is. So, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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Buffet dinner with soup, salads, fruits, desserts and a variety of hot dishes.

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The Chinese hot pot dinner buffet

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Enjoying his hot pot dinner on a cold weather!

Beach House Rotunda Restaurant (must try!)

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Soup, desserts and drinks served in a buffet style

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The star dish! Fresh oysters!

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Jumbo prawns to compliment the fresh oysters. The meat is so fresh, sweet and chewy!

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Chilled seafood platter with oysters, 1 local Moreton Bay bug, 1 sand crab and fresh local prawns served with chef’s special sauce

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Grilled local jumbo prawns served with steam rice. This is super delicious!

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Tangalooma Signature Steak that you shouldn’t miss

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Fresh salad to compliment our meals

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Special thanks to the Restaurant Manager and Chef for the excellent dinner!

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We enjoyed this hot and spicy nasi lemak at Rotunda. Yummy! Being able to eat local food in a foreign country felt like home.

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I wish I can have this kind of dining atmosphere every day!

Finally, here are some travel tips to share with you. If you’re travelling to Tangalooma free and easy, I hope that these tips will be useful to you.

1. Book your tours in advance at the Tours Desk, Tangatours, Tangalooma Water Sports, Tangalooma Helicopter Service (for helicopter rides) and Marine Education & Conservation Centre (for dolphin-feeding).

2. You can rent an Optus Wireless Broadband Modem from the Reception for just $10 per day if you need to connect to your laptop. There is also an internet café in front of the Main Bar if you wish to access the internet during your stay. For me, I bought a pre-paid SIM card from the airport so that I can get connected anytime.

3. On the last day of your stay, do check the luggage collection times from the Reception. Get a blue tag from the Reception for your luggage. Leave your luggage outside your room before the collection time; you don’t need to carry it to the boat.

4. If you like to join the cruises and worried about sea sickness, please standby sea sickness pills (available at Guardian). I took a pill half an hour before the cruise, and I survived the three-hour cruise without vomiting.

5. The Australian 3-pin power outlet is different from ours, so don’t forget to bring a socket adaptor.

6. Lastly, don’t forget to check your tour photos at the Tangalooma Photo Shop before you leave the resort.

To read all my posts on Tangalooma Island Resort, please click HERE.

Disclosure: This trip is sponsored by Chan Brothers Travel. All opinions are honest and are my own.

 

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Introducing the Swensen’s Space Adventure Kid’s Meal

Swensen’s is the name that all of us are familiar with. It is also one of the first few restaurants that I patronized when I came to Singapore 13 years ago. Whenever I hear of Swensen’s now, their trademark tiffany lamps, a relaxing meal and yummy ice-cream sundae immediately come into my mind.

Now that I’m a mother, I like to bring my family for a nice meal at Swensen’s too. Little Edison is a big fan of their kid’s meal, and he has joined the Swensen’s Kid’s Club for more than two years now. Every month, he gets a free Kids’ Club Sundae whenever he orders a kid’s meal.

Recently, we were invited to try out their latest Space Adventure Kid’s Meal. Our boy is truly excited.

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The meal includes a choice of 7 main courses, corn cup, choice of soft drink, apple or orange juice, and an exclusive Take-Home Spaceship at $9.50. You can top-up $1.50 to upgrade the drink to Qoo Fuji Apple or White Grape. You can also top-up $2.90 for a Kid’s Sundae.

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We tried the Chop-Chop Chicken Macaroni and Fishy Chippy. The breaded fish fillet is fried to perfection served with Smiley-Face potatoes and corn cup. The macaroni is tosses in sweet tomato sauce with chopped chicken strips and yummy roasted parmesan cheese.

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Swensen’s Space Adventure Kid’s Meal makes a healthy and delicious meal even the pickiest eater will like!

Visit their restaurant or website for more details.

Jack’s Place Sumptuous New Zealand Feast

Jack’s Place has been my favourite restaurant for many years, since I came to Singapore 12 years ago. The ambiance is nice, the service is excellent and the food is great. I can always remember their signature white and green checkered table cloth and good food that have never changed over the years.

Jack’s Place Steak House started in 1966 and since then, it has gradually evolved to include several concept restaurants such as Seafood Harvest, Eatzi Gourmet, Brewbaker’s, Restaurant Hoshigaoka and Jack’s Place under the JP Pepperdine Group.

History aside now and I shall bring you over to their food. We were so thrilled to be invited by JP Pepperdine to try out their sumptuous New Zealand feast. It was such a treat for us to enjoy a fabulous dinner in a nice family restaurant like Jack’s.

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I’m a big fan of salmon, so I ordered a Grilled Salmon Fillet topped with Kiwi crumb and served with salad and fries ($19.80). Salmon is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids that are important for our brain and heart health. The sweet and tangy Kiwi crump proves to be a refreshing accompaniment to the grilled salmon.

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Grilled Salmon Fillet for me

V ordered a Kiwi Feast Combo – a combination of prawns, pacific dory fillet, breaded oyster, N.Z. lamb chop and N.Z. striploin steak, that is served with mashed potato and fruit salad ($45.00). This combo meal is huge and perfect for twin sharing. We highly recommend it because it is delicious and satisfying.

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Kiwi Feast Combo for V

As for Little Edison, I ordered a Fish & Chip Kid’s Meal for him. His meal comes with a cup of orange juice and a scoop of ice-cream. He ate every morsels of it, until he was completely satisfied.

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Soup of the Day & Garlic Bread

We also topped-up $4.80 for the Set Meal that includes Soup of the Day, Day’s Dessert and Coffee/ Tea. The cake is deliciously moist and sweet. We wrapped up our meal with a glass of refreshing fruit juice. Gulp!

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Coffee & Dessert

With our bellies full and cravings satisfied, we left Jack’s Place with all smiles on our faces. We like to thank Evelyn (JP Pepperdine) and Jan (Restaurant Manager of Compass Point) for such a wonderful dinner, which not only pleases our bellies but our hearts as well.

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If you’re going to Jack’s Place to try out their wide varieties of delectable N.Z. combos, please let me know what you think of it. Now, you can participate in the New Zealand Grand Lucky Draw with any purchase of the New Zealand promotional main courses. Prizes include a Complimentary Roasted Beef on Wagon (worth $480) or Tickets to Universal Studios Singapore!

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Photo Credit: Jack’s Place