Alas, we haven’t been very experimental of late, so we’ve been a bit quiet. Hopefully this weekend will see us trying at least one new place, but in the meantime, we thought we’d write a bit more about Pasta de Waraku at Novena Square 2. We had dental appointments in the area on Saturday, so took the opportunity to try more stuff at Waraku.
Once again, confronted with the mind-boggling array of choices, we were undecided until the very last minute. We ended up having the Okonomiyaki pizza, which I liked so much from our previous trip, as well as 3 other pastas. Yes, 4 dishes for 2 of us to share. No wonder the waiter and the table next to us were shocked… In our defence, the portions are quite small, we hadn’t had breakfast, and we ended up not really having much dinner either.
We tried 3 new pastas: a carbonara with squid and spicy cod roe, a Bolognese, and something from the seasonal specialty menu – tuna and mushroom with oma sauce or something. The carbonara was pretty good, and what dish isn’t made better by the addition of mentaiko? The Bolognese was a little odd – it had a distinctly smoky aroma and aftertaste, which I quite liked because it made the dish a little less ordinary, but A wasn’t too keen on it.
The oma sauce spaghetti was NOT my cup of tea, though. The sauce turned out to be somewhat like a pesto, but I couldn’t identify what herbs went into it, and there was definitely a lot of seaweed involved as well. Well, A seemed to be ok with it, though I’m not sure if it’s because it was his choice and he felt obliged to finish it.
The pizza wasn’t as good as I remember, but generally I have no complaints with this place, as long as you come knowing full well what to expect (and what not to).
2 mains for 2 would be right if you’re not too hungry. 3 mains for 2 if you’re reasonably hungry. And 4 for 2 if you’re starving and write for atetoomuch.
Although the food is only average, I really like the variety and the service at this place. Plus they have chocolate milkshakes!
Note: This place is not for those who can’t take watered-down Japanese versions of pasta.
Pasta de Waraku
Square 2 (Novena)
10 Sinaran Drive
Open daily: 11.30 am to 11 pm (last order 10.30 pm)