Another new café that has gone under the radar, even though its location is considered quite central.
Spagtacular at South Bridge Road (just opposite Law Society) offers an array of pasta dishes with a local twist.
Therefore, you can expect dishes such as Chilli Crab Pasta, Salted Egg Pasta and the likes.
Its interior was kind of a mish-mash, decorated with plastic flower pots on the tables, and a random Roman head statue at the corner – complete with some pinkish-red drips coming down the head. Not kidding.
Sorry to say this right at the get-go, but I actually think that the food is not bad, but someone needs to come in to work on the décor, music, presentation, and deciding what is the “brand story” of the place.
The starter of Har Cheong Kai Nibblets ($10) was in reality quite decent for its price – not the typical ones deep-fried from defrosted generic packs.
You would taste some of that prawn paste and added garlic sauce, the pieces were juicy and in sizable portion.
I may be nit-picking, but some thought into the accompanying chilli sauce would work wonders.
There are currently 5 pasta dishes – Mummy’s Assam ($15) of fried dory with rich sautéed assam paste; Chilli Crab ($15), The Golden Egg which is creamy salted egg pasta ($12); Kimchi Spring ($15); and Geylang Serai ($13) – curry pasta with marinated fried chicken cubes.
The “mistake” in ordering the chicken nibblets was, that two of the pasta dishes had similar chicken cubes, and thus made the meal rather monotonous.
Therefore, while I thought that the Geylang Serai curry pasta could work, having chicken pieces (like those you find in curries) or grilled chicken could work better to bring out flavours of the gravy better.
The Kimchi Pasta ($15) was served with crispy pork belly, overall had a good punch of spiciness and tanginess, but perhaps could do with a saucy base.
Spagtacular used to offer the option of hand-made pasta, but recently switched that out, which I thought was a waste.
I think they are possibly worrying about foot-traffic. Someone is working well in the kitchen, they just need to be more confident and consistent in what they are presenting.
54 South Bridge Road Singapore 058685 (10 min walk from Clarke Quay MRT)
Tel: +65 9326 9599
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun