Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Pasta de Waraku, Singapore
My experiences at Waraku have been mixed. But I definitely wanted to give this Japanese pasta offshoot of theirs a try (The Central #02-82/83, 6534-8085, with another location at Marina Square). Sure, one can get things like spaghetti mentaiko elsewhere if you know where to look. But this was a dedicated shop with much more variety...and that huge display wall of plastic food sure made a number of items look good.
I went for the Hokkaido corn and butter variety (really...how could one resist with such a huge chunk of butter on top?). The noodles came out nice and firm, but the cream sauce was a touch on the sweet side. This wasn't completely unexpected, but it was pushing the limits of what I could tolerate for sweetness. (That cream sauce was used in several other of their plates too, so just be mindful of that if your taste buds have an aversion to sweet things like mine do.) Fortunately, I could still finish the whole thing without much trouble.
Similarly, the daikon sarada, while fine at its base, was overloaded with an inch-thick carpet of bonito flakes on top (you ended up tasting more fish than daikon). So while my mixed experiences with Waraku have continued, this is place is worth a visit if you're curious to try a Japanese interpretation of Italian pasta. Just make sure that you come with an expectation for Japanese flavors rather than Italian.
Digested at 9:59 PM
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