If we had a penne for our thoughts each time, we wouldn’t stop thinking. Of pasta.
There are tons of dishes we’d recommend from their seasonally refreshed menu, but the 48 hour Barolo Braised Oxtail Strozzapreti is an old-time favourite that’s still, well, a fave. Slurp up the al dente pasta glazed with moreish meatiness that unravels in layers: first the umami notes, then the subtle zestiness of the wine braise, and finally the subtlest, freshest hint of herbiness.
130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819
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This simple spot’s got pastas and risottos, soups, cakes and more. We say combine all of that for a perfect hearty meal. Whether you’re after a simple Carbonara or something more uncommon like the Lobster Barley Risotto, this restaurant is a consistent option, and a convenient one too, seeing that it’s right in the heart of town!
#03-22 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
NEXT: Ah Bong’s Italian →
This eatery’s name hints that it’s not your typical Italian restaurant. Ah Bong’s Italian started out as a humble pasta stand in a hawker centre – hence the typical hawker-style plates – before eventually expanding into their own space. Even then, they still serve possibly cheapest pasta for its standard. The menu changes each day, but look out for hot favourites like Fresh Pesto as well as Crab Meat Aglio Olio.
#01-02, 103 Beach Rd (Tan Quee Lan), Singapore 189704
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What’s the deal with 63? It’s the precise temperature at which to cook an egg to ensure the yolk and white are the exact same consistency. It’s with this same precision that the kitchen here prepares its dishes, like their famous lobster pasta, actually named “Our Famous Lobster Pasta”. Pretty accurate.
#04-09 Paragon, 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859
NEXT: Open Door Policy →
The entire menu at Open Door Policy is 100% gluten-free and and dairy-free, but you probably wouldn’t even know – it’s that tasty. The vegan maccheroni pasta with portobello bolognese gratin and bechamel is a favourite of executive chef Ryan Clift, who’s lactose-intolerant himself, and ours too. Don’t fret the missing dairy – they still managed to put cheesecake on the menu.
19 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168650
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Singaporean cuisine is as hard to perfect as a good Italian pasta, but Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro Bar offers the best of both worlds. The Chilli Crab Pasta packs a punch, both in terms of the copious chunks of crab meat as well as the spicy kick of chilli. And, in true Singaporean fashion, the dish also comes with fried Asian buns to mop up the last of the sauce off your plate.
#01-03, 56 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247964
NEXT: P.S. Cafe →
As much as we love fancy, creative renditions of pasta, sometimes we find ourselves hankering for a good ol’ Aglio Olio, and hardly anyone does it better than P.S.Cafe. The restaurant on Dempsey Hill has a fantastic ambience – it’s cosy enough for a family dinner, or romantic enough for a date night out. Little wonder it’s popular among expats!
28B Harding Rd, Singapore 249549
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By Pinky Chng, October 2017
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