My favourite dinner partner, Geri, recommended me to head to Pasta Cafe at Takashimaya. She recommended me this place after raving about how wonderful the pasta was here before it underwent renovations.
When reached there on Wednesday night, the place was already quite full of diners. We queued behind a group of roughly 6 people.
It was a nicely decorated place, clean and bright, it looked like an American styled diner. I observed the waitresses manning the area. They all looked pretty and young.
We had to wait for a significantly long time for an empty table. Geri noticed that there was an empty table that were left for about 10 mins and that the group queueing before us had to finally request the waitresses to sit them there.
After waiting for another 10 minutes, I asked Geri if she wanted to have dinner at another place, when we were finally led to a table.
Geri and I decided to have the $22 set meal consisting of soup+pasta+gratin. For the first course, we both chose mushroom soup
The mushroom soup wasn’t bad. It was thick and full of mushrooms. But it was slightly bland and I had to add pepper to it. I always believed that good meals should not need additional condiments to it.
I then had the Seafood Pasta with Tomato. I thought to myself, “No one could ever get a Tomato Pasta wrong. It is such a simple dish”. I took a bite.
The pasta sauce was so diluted that you can see the watery sauce in the picture. It wasn’t satisfying at all. It would have been significantly nicer if the cook would have drained the pasta and used better sauce. I chewed listlessly at the prawn and crayfish.
Finally, I had the Salmon gratin which was slightly better than the Seafood Pasta. But to me, it wasn’t anything special as it tasted similar to the baked pasta at Swensens or Amirans (which has since ceased operating)
After our dinner, we asked for the bill, and to our horror, we found out that it totalled to $63 with the 10% service charge and GST. My mouth almost reached the floor.
No. We wont be going to this place anymore. For that price, we’d have a nicer and lovelier and more genuine pasta dishes at La Forketta.