As a frequent customer of Il Mare I have to say that the overall dining experience is close to impeccable. From meetings to large group birthday gatherings to special occasion dining, the food, ambience and service have always met my good expectations.
Food -- fresh, using the most proper ingredients with very good Italian taste. Very good menu selection and caters for vegetarians too.
Service -- absolutely impeccable.
Ambience -- very good. A bit outdated perhaps since it hasn't been changed for a long time.
Group/birthday gathering -- I organized a birthday party for my sister with large group of teenagers. Menu selection was very good. Service on that day (even though they are serving 7-dinner course to quite loud 17/18 yr olds) was very on time, polite, and friendly. We were given the special left upper 'deck' of the restaurant for the event. They gave a special sign for our guests to not be confused to other tables.
Valentine's Day special -- went with our small family as it is also one of us' birthday. Contacted the hotel just a day before, was helped by the staff to get a last minute table because of good relationship, paid the deposit and got the table (nearly all other restaurants are fully booked). Although we were seated at our un-preferable smoking section, they were a lot of surprises, such as roses for each couple (in our case, for every 2 people), got our photo taken professionally against a pre-arranged backdrop, had very very good dinner and finally the photos were framed into a lovely and classic velvet booklet. Before we left we were given chocolates too. Amazing experience.
Overall I would definitely give 5-star for Il Mare for everything that they have got. The fact that it is located centrally at Hotel Mulia (no annoying 3-in-1 car restrictions) was also helpful.
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