Entree: Sentosa

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 October, 2007, 12:00am

Sentosa is Singapore's little island of pleasure connected to its mainland by a short causeway. The beaches teem with locals playing sport, its restaurants and bars afford relaxing sea views and its countless attractions, including golf and historical forts, provide visitors with a host of activities. Sentosa means tranquillity in Malay and it's easy to understand how the name came about after spending a day on the island.

Barnacles Restaurant & Bar

Rasa Sentosa Resort

This elegant dining room with sea views on Siloso Beach is decorated in calming whites and blues. An international menu offers something for everyone but moules marinieres (S$32, HK$170) is a solid bet followed by sticky profiteroles (S$14). Twinkling lights from passing ships provide an ever-changing backdrop.

Il Lido

Sentosa Golf Club

27 Bukit Manis Road

An Italian restaurant and lounge with sea views, Il Lido's high ceilings and trendy furniture provide the ideal background for modern Italian cuisine. For antipasti, pick seared diver scallops flavoured with porcini mushrooms, blueberries and truffles (S$29).

Roti Mama

Underwater World

Roti Mama is a small booth positioned outside Underwater World that sells one snack only: coffee-flavoured buns for S$2 each. Latte buns, cappuccino buns, mocha buns ... you get the picture.

Cafe del Mar

Siloso Beach

Open 24 hours at the weekend, Cafe del Mar offers a club vibe right on the beach. The main draws are cocktails, cool people and house music, but when you need a boost of energy turn to a menu offering bar staples, including chicken wings and nachos (S$12).

Silver Shell Cafe

Rasa Sentosa Resort

Shangri-La's Asian and international buffet restaurant offers a large spread three times a day, but every Sunday the feast relocates to the seafront (left). A simple barbecue dominates proceedings, with tiger prawns, roasted lamb and succulent fish the mainstay, and oysters a decadent start. Grab a table large enough for your mates and enjoy its free drink and all-you-can eat menu for S$68.