The history of PastaMania dates back to 1998 where an Englishman living here in Singapore wanted to make Italian food affordable. Today, it has expanded its operations overseas, including Malaysia and the Middle East. Well, let's be practical here. While I can't get top-notch pasta dishes, I still occasionally dine at one of their outlets for a quick meal.
Chicken Sausage (Linguine) S$8.30
Bathed in creamy tomato herb sauce was linguine which could be slightly chewier. I didn't expect the sauce to be spicy, but apparently it was pretty fiery, as well as adequately creamy. The dish came with a bit of (read: not enough) sliced chicken sausages and peas.
To be frank, my favourite dish from the restaurant is the moist vegetarian linguine tossed with olive oil, garlic and bits of chili. The simplicity of the dish allowed the garlic taste to coat the tongue. With a bit of parmesan cheese added to it (not shown), I'd love to have two servings.
Aglio Olio (Linguine) S$5.50
Dory Zuppa (Fusilli) S$7.90
I suppose it was my first and last time of having the soup pasta. I chose fusilli since its shape would allow it to absorb soup nicely. Unfortunately, the tomato-based broth was too thin, but unexpectedly fiery as well. There were simply too few dory bits, but they were pretty succulent.
Supreme Pizza (7") S$14.60
A captivating array of colours was seen on top of the pizza, thanks to chicken chunks, chicken hams, beef salami, mushrooms, green peppers and pineapples. While the ingredients were bound pretty well on the crispy pizza crust, it was a pity that it was neither flavourful nor cheesy enough.
Honey Garlic Chicken S$5.20
I'd wanted to talk about the appetiser first, but I thought it wouldn't make a good introductory picture for the post. Anyway, I enjoyed the crispy chicken chunks which were drenched in dreamily sweet honey-based sauce. However, I'd like to have more of the garlic taste and aroma.
Passion Tea Quencher S$5.50
As they revamped the menu a while ago, new beverages have been available. The one that I had was a thirst quencher indeed after a hard day of teaching, for the tea was refreshing with its passion fruit scent, having the right degree of sweetness. Most importantly, it wasn't dilute.
For someone who loves garlic so much, I'd say PastaMania's aglio olio is good enough. I'd also like to commend the middle-aged waiter who wasn't only polite, but also cleared the dishes promptly. The person who manned the cashier, on the other hand, could learn from the former. Pika's advice: PastaMania has come up with Doughworkz programme customised for children to provide them with hands-on experience in making pasta or pizza. Find out more from their website.
101 Thomson Road
#B1-09 United Square
(Opening hours unknown - Anyone knows?)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,Cliff(y)