Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Wholesome Pastas at Bella Pasta



Pasta Bella, the sister restaurant of Pasta Pizza is located along the river of Robertson Quay. This 5-year old restaurant is popular with Italian cuisine aficionados and prides itself on serving simple and authentic fare painstakingly prepared using traditional recipes and premium ingredients imported from various regions in Italy. 

E. Shajith A. Randeniya who helms the kitchen is from Sri Lanka and not Italy, however the quality of the food has been endorsed by many foodies. Chef E. Shajith trained under Italian chefs for many years and mastered the art of Italian cooking over the years. He strongly believes in retaining the original recipes and maintaining the authenticity of the food.

Pasta Bella is within a walking distance from my workplace, therefore my hubby and I decided to try the food last week. We like the fresh ingredients and natural flavours.

Rocket salad with asparagus and smoked salmon

The healthy insalata di rucola asparagi e salmone (rocket salad with asparagus and smoked salmon) provided a refreshing start to the meal. The saltiness of the smoked salmon was a lovely contrast to the sweet, peppery taste of the rocket salad.

Pumpkin soup

For something wholesome, delve into the sweet, vitamin packed pumpkin soup, guaranteed to perk you up and nourish you.

Linguine with calamari, clams and shrimps, fresh tomato in a seafood-tomato sauce

My favourite dish was the linguine ai frutti di mare (linguine with calamari, clams and shrimps, fresh tomato in a seafood-tomato sauce.  The execution was flawless and every bite was intensely satisfying. The pasta was al dente and the seafood sauce was robust without being too overpowering.

Homemade potato dumpling in four cheese cream

Those who prefer something heavier can opt for the gnocchi ai quattro formagi (homemade potato dumpling in a four cheese cream. This may be a tad heavy for those who are not a fan of cheeses, however, I found it very flavourful. The sauce was rich and creamy and had a smooth consistency. The presentation was not the most exciting, however, each morsel filled me with delight.

Tiramisu

For dessert, be captivated by the alluring flavours of the tiramisu (translated as ‘pick me up’) in Italian. This classic dessert combines  lady finger biscuits, espresso, mascarpone cheese, eggs, sugar, Kahlua or rum and cocoa powder. The delicate layers of mascarpone cheese and custard contrasted with the strong taste of espresso and the pleasant taste of the cocoa powder, bringing forth a luxurious treat for your taste buds.

Set lunch appetiser -Spinach salad with anchovies, sundried tomato and vinegar dressing

Pasta Bella also has a set lunch menu priced at an unbeatable price of $20++ consisting of a soup or appetiser, pasta and dessert.

The dishes change on a weekly basis. Some of the items such as the tiramisu are available on the à la carte menu while the other dishes are only available during lunch.

Set lunch main course - Tagliatelle tossed with shrimp, roasted capsicum and spinach aglio olio style

 I was impressed with the tagliatelle con gamberetti peperoni e spinaci ( tagliatelle tossed with shrimp, roasted capsicum and spinach in aglio olio style). It was light and immensely gratifying. The combination of the roasted capsicum and spinach was lovely and well balanced in textures and flavours.

The entrance

Pasta Bella is located at 30 Robertson Quay, #01-09, Riverside View, Singapore 238251. The restaurant is open from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and from 6pm to 11pm for dinner on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, the restaurant is open from 11.30am to 3pm for lunch and from 6pm to 11.30pm for dinner. 
For reservations, please call 6836 5692.


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