Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Pasta Fresca



Pasta Fresca is an Italian restaurant chain that has a presence in China and Singapore, with 4 outlets currently operating in the latter. Managed to have a quick dinner with my friend at its Siglap outlet one evening when the crowds were still slowly trickling in.



Interior & Menu

The interior was rather simplistic yet cosy through the injection of earthly tones into its colour scheme and overhanging pieces of cloth (or whatever you call them). Coupled with warm lights and Italian style painting panels, it made for a lazy and somewhat sleepy dinner.



Alfredo Fettuccine

One of the more decent renditions around, the fettuccine was al dente with the cream based sauce not too heavy on the palate. The toppings of diced chicken, ham and garden peas were quite generous as well, which made this dish quite bang for the buck.



Quattro Stagioni

Bearing the same name as Vivaldi's Four Seasons, the Quattro Stagioni was quite decent with the exception of the crust, which could have been thinner and crispier. Although we only ordered a small pizza, it was already quite a size. Ingredients were generous as well, with the olives, ham, mushrooms and artichokes scattered throughout.



Mousse Al Cioccolato

I'm pretty sure chocolate fanatics will like this dish - chocolaty rich and gooey but not overwhelming. Served chilled, it made for a nice and sweet, albeit heart stopping dessert. The funny thing was that it was supposedly flavoured with orange peel, something that I couldn't make out at all.



Tiramisu

For the price, I honestly didn't expect much. The tiramisu looked good but was let down by quite a few factors. First of all, there was the glaring absence of the liqueur taste. Secondly, the mascarpone cheese came across as more creamy then light or fluffy. But having said all that, it was still very palatable.



Bill

I was stuffed at the end of it and so was my friend. Food quality in general was a notch above average but the best part was, it didn't cost an arm or leg, standing at about $46 for 2 mains & 2 desserts. Service was quite good and I would be inclined to drop by if I was in the area and craving for a hearty Italian fix.



Likes: Hearty food, relatively cheaper than most Italian restaurants
Dislikes: Some dishes can be better

Final Verdict:
Ambience:6.5/10
Service:7/10
Food:6.5/10
Value for money:7/10

Overall:6.75/10

Address: 77 Upper East Coast Road

Contact: 6241 5560

Opening Hours:

Mon - Thurs
11.30am - 3.00pm
6.00pm - 11.00pm

Fri
11.30am - 3.00pm
6.00pm - 11.30pm

Sat
11.30am - 3.00pm
5 .00pm - 11.30pm

Sun & Public Holiday
11.30am - 11.00pm

Website: http://www.pastafresca.com

3 comments:

just anotheR said...

i'm a little surprised. my expereince with pasta fresca was the complete opposite.

i had a carbonara. and it was apparent they used fresh pasta. it was overcooked but still very chewy. coupled with the heavy cream sauce, it was headed straight for disaster. i find that having to chew a mouthful of dough and cream is a recipe for nausea. i wanted to die on the spot! because i felt like puking but i had to finish it for the sake of courtesy, potential parents-in-law were paying you see. and the point is, i simply couldn't. lol. in the end, i managed about half. and had to feel embarrassed about not finishing my food. oh, the pain!! =/

perhaps it was their bad day. or maybe the bukit timah branch is just no good?

fatpig said...

That sounds terrible rei. Never tried out their Bukit Timah branch but the one at Siglap was decent enough =)

Anonymous said...

Was with wife an son at Boat Quay branch. Service was nice but not really what I'd expect. The pasta was a bit overcooked and the sauce a bit to heavy. My pizza was delicious. The red house wine was too warm and they didn't had them colder. The food over all was acceptable.

The bill was for 3 with starter and Espresso 142$

This is for my opinion a bit too much. Ok, at Boar Quay we have a surcharge to pay.