Pasta Inc

21 04 2010

It wasn’t very long ago that a young, ignorant drpiggy was content simply by the mass marketed country baked pasta from Pasta Mania. He reasoned that pasta tastes roughly the same everywhere after a generous sprinkling of Mozzarella & Parmesan and just like Mee Kia vs Mee Pok, he didn’t see the rationale in the existence of the different shapes of Pasta(apart from humouring young kids). Looking back, how so much has changed since then, when the line between Spaghetti and Linguine was more than a blur…

While authentic Italian food is often prohibitively priced, Pasta Inc manages to serve up a very decent range of Italian cuisine which caters for individuals with budgets starting from as low as $20. The 50% off every 2nd pasta ordered promotion by Hungrygowhere & Sparklette is still ongoing and is a real boon for the budget conscious.

Despite looking like an old Joo Chiat shophouse from the outside, the dimly lit restaurant exuded a classy ambience on the inside. I noticed that at least half of the diners were there on dates. The level of service was commendable, far better than what I had expected with the Captain ensuring that every part of our meal went smoothly.

Portobello Al Forno($12.90++) was a large Portobello Mushroom baked with Mixed Cheese, finished with a Dash of Tomato Sauce. Baked to perfection, the sides of the Portobello was a light crisp with the rest of the mushroom not burnt nor soggy. (Apologies for the grainy and blurred pics, I was lazy to change my camera settings as I assumed Picassa’s lighting adjustment would fix it…but apparently Picassa isn’t omnipotent).

To put it simply, Melanzane Alla Parmigiana($11.90) was Baked Eggplant topped with Tomato, Parmesan and Mozzarella. I expected a soft and smooth texture of eggplant flesh but was sorely disappointed as the eggplant was undercooked, hard and unable to assimilate the underlying tomato and cheesy flavours well.


Bruschetta($6.90++) came topped with Grilled Tomatoes, Oregano, Basil and Olive Oil. I got my hands dirty eating it but it was well worth the trouble.

The Signature of Pasta Inc has definitely got to be the Squid Ink Spaghetti with Seafood($19.90++). Imparting it’s salty and earthly flavours to the Spaghetti, it makes me wonder how this organism’s defence mechanism can taste so darn good. Skunk Secretion Pasta anyone?

I felt that the Fettuccine with Scallop, Mussels and Clams in Saffron Cream Sauce($21.90++) came across as bland and insipid. Anyway I digress, Saffron is actually the World’s most expensive spice by weight, can you believe that? More ex than truffles!

The Pasta of the Day was Lobster Capellini Aglio Olio($29.90++). The Aglio Olio was competent and spicy but the Lobster was dry and tasteless, probably the result of being overboiled. (Capellini = Angel Hair Pasta)

Since the Veal Shank was unavailable, the Captain suggested we try their Lamb Shank instead to which we acceded. I couldn’t find this this dish in the menu so I wasn’t sure how it would be served. YQ mentioned that the Lamb Shank and it’s gravy(me thinks Red Wine sauce) reminded him of Indian Tulang. I haven’t eaten Tulang before so I can’t attest to that but I felt that the Lamb still reeked of it’s gamey flavour though the gravy did help to reduce the odor marginally.

Starting from the Dessert I felt was best, the Tiramisu($9.90++). It had just the right proportion of Marscapone to Espresso soaked Biscuit and I enjoyed every bit of it. Fresh Strawberry Granita with Whipped Cream($9.90++) was real refreshing and a great way to cleanse the palate. It was similar to a strawberry ice kachang sherbet since the courseness of the strawberry ice was somewhere in between. The Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream($11.90++) was so-so. What I didn’t like was the Creme Brulee($10.90++). The custard was much too thick and the taste was somewhat weird and slightly nauseating to say the least.   

Despite the kind gesture of the Captain in giving us the Strawberry Granita as a complementary item(as I enquired about it earlier but didn’t order it), the meal still came up to $40 a pax after discount which I felt was slightly steep for students like us. The meal was a mix of hits and misses and I’m hard pressed to find a compelling reason to return(especially when the discount expires). Ok, maybe just for the Tiramisu and Portobello Mushroom

Bon Appetit!





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