Though very much an Italian Restaurant, Pasta Brava is adorned with Straits Chinese decorations and souvenirs, collected and kept by Rolando Luceri, a former Hotelier who has some 40 years of F&B experience, and his brother’s self-painted pieces of art. It can be quite a spot for a date, what with the bold yet elegant black and reds and the shiny glass wares on the table. However, it can, and it will get pretty noisy as the evening sets in.
Besides being kept occupied with your usual bread basket, they also offer crayons here for some fun time with your friends / date.
Since it’s an Italian Restaurant that shouts everything ‘Pasta’, I thought it apt to closely scrutinize them. If you are looking for a perfectly al-dente pasta meal here, I’m sorry to say that you would be disappointed. It wasn’t consistently so, and parts of it were still sticky to the teeth.
In terms of flavors though, I have no reservations to say that they’ve done well. I especially like the Linguine with Prawns, Clams, Squid, Scallops and Crayfish ($23++). The seafood was well-cooked and well-flavored, no signs of them being overcooked. I had it change to white wine sauce; it could do with a little stronger hint of wine.
Besides being able to choose your preferred type of pasta, you can also opt for a different sauce base: Pesto, Arrabbiata, Aglio Olio, Tomato & Basil, Bolognese, White Wine. Pastas are all around the range of $20 – $23.
Tiramisu ($10++) :: If you are a Tiramisu fan, you will like this. It is just about the strongest-flavored Tiramisu we’ve all had. But that’s the whole point isn’t it. It also has a very soft texture.
Chocolate Lava Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream ($12++) :: Chocolate Lava Cake at an established restaurant can almost always never go wrong. Rich, thick, flowy, warm, with slightly crisp borders of the cake. It’s worth every calories (not that I care, but just in case you do).
As a whole, I do think it’s quite alright and reasonable if you have the inclination to dine here for their pasta (and desserts – I love their desserts). What turned me off is their less than impressive service. When we were placing our orders, the waitperson was nowhere near friendly – they were merely doing their job, without a smile. It’s a common scene in these kind of restaurants – they were snobbish. Snobbish towards little Asian kids like ourselves, the minority in the restaurant. That’s not the way to go for a restaurant. And after we had completed our dessert, we were asked to adjourn to their upstairs bar if we would like to continue our conversation. You can have all the explanations in the world, but I have never, and will never be a fan of a restaurant that directly or indirectly, chases their customers away. So though their food is passable, I probably wouldn’t be back anytime soon.
Address: 11 Craig Road, Tanjong Pagar
Telephone: 6227 7550 (Takes Reservation)
Opening Hours: 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon – Sat); Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.