Fusion, I would call it - a cross between Japanese flavors and Western pasta. Yes, that's Pasta De Waraku for you. This time, dinner took place at Pasta De Wakaru, and we chose the outlet at 10 Sinaran Drive, #01-07 Novena Square 2, Singapore 307506, to call them, dial 6397 7162.
I am a fan of Waraku Casual Dining, but as for pasta, I had been skeptical (they're under the same group, by the way). The mock-plates of pasta on display on the restaurant windowfront looked really good though. So in we went, secured a table, and began ordering.
The casual restaurant was nothing to boast of - simple wooden, rectangular tables with simple, matching seats. A couple of Japanese paintings hung around the walls, but that was about it - no fuss, no muss.
A simple garden salad consisting of lettuce and tomato was being served to us first, while waiting for our pasta dishes. Don't be fooled by the boring-looking combination - we had thought it would be tasteless, but on the contrary, the sweet-sour dressing set the vegetables on a tastebud rampage - it was oishi ("tasty" in Japanese)!
Our milkshakes arrived shortly, too. The one on the left is Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake - a unique blend of salty-sweetness made into a lovely thirst-quenching milky pulp. The one on the right is Blackforest Milkshake - a lovely, thick blend of chocolate, cherries and milk; oh and the strawberries and cream made for a lovely extra touch.
So far, so good.
The cheery waitress brought us our main courses finally.
The first pasta dish - the Scallops and Asparagus Spaghetti - was strong in a delicious garlic-based flavor. Yes, the taste was surprisingly good, and the spaghetti of the right texture (springy, not too soggy). Infused with the goodness of two of my favorite ingredients - bouncy scallops and crunchy asparagus - this dish made my evening.
The second pasta dish - Smoked Salmon and Salmon Roe Spaghetti - was another wonderfully cooked meal. Springy pasta soaked with the tastiness of salmon, combined with the salted crunch of seafood strips and pleasant bursts of fish roe, this dish was another superb choice.
Our satisfying dinner cost no more than SGD25.00 per person.
Pop by Pasta de Waraku for a tasty meal in a relaxed setting that also thinks for your pockets. Ideal for casual family dine-outs or friends' gathering.