Pasta Brava

Pasta Brava – 11 Craig Road, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore – Tel: 6227 7550

Hello again. 🙂 As promised in my previous post, I would talk about our dinner experience at Pasta Brava. This is definitely not a restaurant review… more like a random pictures of food/random thoughts/for-memories-sake type thing. :p

For real food reviews, check out londoneater.com.

The place had a very warm ambience with newspaper style menus… that’s actually the menu in the picture, all folded up. 

13

The place definitely had a cosy feel to it – certainly not a big place. The decor and artwork certainly added to the ambience and it’s certainly not your stiff-upper-lip sort of place. Relaxed and noisy at the same time, as Italian restaurants should be. 🙂

13

First dish… Darn I should have taken a copy of the menu with me. This is your standard Italian Ham + Melon appetizer. Good… not mind-blowing… but a decent start. 

13

Mmm… salad. Nice and crisp with just the right amount of dressing.

13

Ah the antipasti platter. Good stuff. I’ll definitely order this again when I do come back. 

13

Scallops – hmm I was expecting this to be great because our waiter recommended it, but honestly I was a little underwhelmed. Nice creamy sauce but the scallops itself were so-so only.

13

Ok let’s deviate from food a bit… we had a 1999 Pauillac… Can’t go wrong with a Bordeaux to match with Italian food. You’ll need a wine that can keep up with the richness of Italian flavours, but you don’t want something too overpowering either. 

13

Love these decanters. 🙂

13

Ed had the osso bucco. Not bad. 

13

Ah… my dish. Steak with gorgonzola. When I ordered this the waiter said, “You know it’s blue cheese right? Are you ok with that?” – I just replied “yeah, no problem”… which then made me wonder if previous patrons had ordered it only to not be able to stand the blue cheese! I’m not an expert, but I’d like to think that I know my food… but ok, I give him the benefit of the doubt! Maybe many Singaporeans can’t take it lol… :p Anyway, it was amazing and I’ll want to have it again at some point. 🙂 Yes it’s that good. Steak was cooked excellently and the gorgonzola sauce seemed to balance extremely well with the beef’s flavours – neither trying to outdo each other for my tastebuds’ attention, but rather, complementing each other. 🙂

13

Maz had the seafood stew – it was hearty and the portions very generous. The boys had to help her finish it up in the end.

13

Onto dessert! My friends will all know that I’m not normally a dessert person, but heck I’ve had such a good meal so far I was hoping that I could finish it off with something sweet to complete the experience. 🙂

I ordered the tiramisu – a standard italian dessert (and unsurprisingly the first item on the dessert menu) – I mean, you can’t go wrong with that right? But at the same time, it’s a real testament to the chef’s skills if he could make a tiramisu that stands out from the rest. 

Sadly, this one didn’t. It was just a tiramisu. It tasted alright – but maybe my expectations had been set too high. It wasn’t a total loss though – this picture you see here my favourite food shot of the night! 

13

Maz ordered a Mango sorbet, but somehow she got a lime one instead. I should’ve ordered this – undemanding but cooling, tangy and tasty all at the same time. A nice palate cleanser to close out the evening.

13

Ed ordered the apple pie. Didn’t get try it, but I think Ed enjoyed it. :p

13

Photo taken by Ed – that’s Yuhan, Maz and myself in front of the restaurant – I’ll definitely be back here again… I wanna say on my next trip to singapore – but then again, there are so many other restaurants I wanna try!

13

Final thoughts? The place is not cheap, but not stupidly expensive either. SGD$25-30 for mains and around $15-20 for starters – pretty standard I’d say. They’re not stingy on the portions and service is casual but friendly and helpful enough.

Can’t-go-wrong Italian food with just the right amount of class.

Advertisements

About this entry