Monday, January 30, 2012

Mondo Mio, Robertson Quay, Singapore - Fantastic Place for Pasta

Monday, January 30, 2012
Mondo Mio, Robertson Quay, Singapore
Nautical Mural, Mondo Mio

Robertson quay is a marvelous treasure trove of dining gems. For one, it houses Sugisawa, my favourite Japanese restaurant for affordable bento sets. And then, there's Brussels Sprouts, which gets their mussels right every single time. Not forgetting a slew of other gems I've yet to discover. So when my best friend, S, told me to choose a spot for dinner, my location of choice was hardly a surprise. Lo and behold our latest discovery - Mondo Mio, an incredibly cosy Italian restaurant just beside Sugisawa!

Squid Ink Pasta with Squid Rings, Mondo Mio
Linguine al Nero di Seppia (Squid rings tossed in linguini with squid ink sauce), $19

I loved the decor - it reminded me of the times when I was visiting quaint, seaside restaurants along the Italian coast. When the pasta was served, boy, were we thrilled. Everything was done right - the heated plates, piping hot pasta, wonderful aroma and flavourful sauces... I went for my favourite pasta of all time - squid ink. It was wonderful - tender squid rings and al dente pasta coated in a jet black squid ink sauce that had a great taste of the ocean but also a subtle earthiness. Faultless unless you want to nitpick on flavour intensity, which can be stronger. Did you know that most, if not all, of the squid ink dishes we're having is really made of cuttlefish ink? This fascinating read here explains everything.

Linguine with Crabmeat in Pink Sauce, Mondo Mio
Linguine al Sugo di Granchio (Linguini pasta with crab meat with pink sauce), $20

S had the crabmeat pasta in pink sauce, which was extremely satisfying. The chunky crabmeat had a great bite and the sauce was sublime - tasted as though the chef squeezed out every ounce of crustacean flavour humanly possible. Such a pretty dish, too. Arguably, the flavour was even better than that of the squid ink pasta, but really, if I do come back, I still won't be able to choose. There is something very addictive about squid ink that just keeps drawing me back. Have you been to Mondo Mio? Which is your favourite pasta?

Mondo Mio
30 Robertson Quay
Singapore 238251
Tel: (65) 6736 2503

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