Saizeriya, Liang Court, Singapore
This wasn't meant to be a streak of Liang Court places. But this place was right across the way from Trung Nguyen, claiming to be one of the most popular Italian chains in Japan, so I was curious enough to come by today (177 River Valley Road #02-22, 6337-8948).
Now, this was really a Japanese family restaurant looking a bit like Denny's with its plastic booths, so don't come expecting a proper Italian place. But in line with that, I made sure to order one of those quintessential Japanese pasta dishes: supagetti tarako, which worked for me with its firm noodles and mildly spicy roe. Unfortunately not everything was so rosy: a separate ham spaghetti dish was such a bore that it reminded me of stuff that one cooked back in college.
I'll come back though. They had a lot of other things on the menu that I'm curious about, including the meat doria, which is apparently some kind of cheese-covered rice thing from Yokohama. And the prices were pretty darned cheap here, with pasta dishes at around S$7 (US$5) each. Besides, I kinda liked that house-branded Thousand Island dressing that they covered their side salads with.