Pasta House @ IpohJuly 19, 2010 | 12,850 views
Singapore Pasta is but one of the 10 pastas from “10 Countries” – Wacky fusions that may sound weird on the menu, but somehow might just be their make-or-break creations.
Pasta House opened in Medan Ipoh Baru few weeks ago, on 3rd of July 2010 to be exact. Still in its infantile age, the restaurant prides on their pasta creations; a whopping 33 in all. Separated into different categories, namely Cream Sauce Paste, Tomato Sauce Paste, Tomato-Cream Mix Sauce, Specially Fried Pasta, and 10 Country.
Read on to find out about my experience at Pasta House and the prices as well as varieties of pasta dishes there ….
A little underwhelming, considering that this was a Sunday afternoon. But let’s not throw judgment without giving them a chance to impress.
Rather strategic location to be at, Pasta House occupies the lot previously held by Sushi Jun, and before that a steamboat restaurant with kaiten belt concept; MP. One can even see this restaurant that faces the North-South Expressway, especially if you’re slowing down to exit at the Ipoh Selatan (Ipoh-Tambun-Tg Rambutan) exit, whereby you will see this restaurant on your left.
Fried Pork Pasta (RM11.80/USD3.60) – Which was probably the BEST choice for us that afternoon. And the fact that it’s non-halal may appeal to pork-lovers who might be craving for a porky-pasta fix.
Walking into the air-conditioned restaurant/cafe reminded me of the exact same feeling I had during my first visit to Cafe Takahashi in Jusco Kinta City. The ambience, soft lighting and cushioned benches exuded a chic, classy yet none-too-intimidating aura. I expected nothing much from Pasta House initially, for this exact premise seems to be doomed in view of two unsuccessful ventures (MP Steamboat & Sushi Jun) back to back, within a span of a year or so.
Browsing through the menu, it was without a doubt Pasta House excels (or rather, put emphasis) on their pastas. Several creations got my mouth watering – Pasta House Carbonara (bacon, asparagus, cream sauce), Spicy Eggplant Bolognese (with minced pork), Bacon & Mushroom, Soft Shell Crab Pasta, and of course the 10 dazzling fusions from ’10 countries’. From the more common pastas such as Japan Pasta (Teriyaki chicken) and Italy Pasta (capsicum, olives, mix bolognese) to funkier renditions such as Korea Pasta (Kimchi, Chicken), India pasta (Curry Fish) and even Malaysia Pasta (Chicken, Squid, Egg, Onion, Tomato, Sambal Chili).
Seafood Basil Cream Pasta (RM14.90/USD4.50) – Prawn, Fish, Squid & Clams in a creamy carbonara sauce with basil
The pastas were okay, nothing that stood out like say, the pasta carbonara laden with pork bacons from Michelangelo’s, or Italia Mia’s exquisite (and exorbitant) creations.
The Fried Pork Pasta was topped with lots of tender fillet of pork; lightly pan-fried cutlets of pork. The Singapore Pasta came with one solitary piece of soft shell crab deep-fried to crispy perfection, and the sweetish chili sauce drenching the pasta was redolent with sauces from the crab; slightly repulsive especially if you’re not a great fan of seafood. But acceptable, considering that the strands of spaghetti was rather bland in their own; and not cooked to ‘al dente‘ (springy texture) as desired.
The Seafood Basil Cream Pasta came with four medium-sized prawns, fillets of fish, clams (la-la) and squids. Not as creamy as claimed, but still passable. If you’re seeking for good carbonaras in Ipoh, try Italia Mia, Michelangelo’s Pizzeria, or even Denis Jazz Bistro. All of them serve NON-halal version with real pork bacons.
Looks pathetic right? Only one solitary soft-shell crab for RM17.50/USD5.30. Hmm, they could do better with a more aesthetically-pleasant presentation.
From the All About Ipoh Facebook page, someone commented positively about the mushroom soup, while the others lamented about the soft pasta. Which got me wondering, do they even serve other varieties of pasta aside from spaghetti? For I did not see any options given, nor asked about my preference when making my orders.
Which leads me to a rather puzzling situation. I asked the male staff that attended to our orders on what type of bacon they use in their pasta dishes. He hesitated then unconvincingly said they’re using BEEF bacon. I wish to clarify this as I prefer PORK bacon instead. Anyway, I can go on and on about the service that afternoon (not in a negative vibe, but a rather amusing revelation) but I’d rather keep that to myself.
It’s a MONDAY after all, and nobody wants to read another person whining and crying now …. do we?
PASTA HOUSE @ Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh – Besides Voodoo Pub, and a short walk away from Waraku Japanese Restaurant.
Aside from serving more than 30 types of pasta, Pasta House also serves 3 types of pizzas, two type of rice, and some snacks. The pastas are priced from RM8.90 – RM17.50 (USD2.70 – USD5.30) each.
No 4, Jalan Medan Ipoh 9,
Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh,
31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Telephone : 605-546 3218
Business hours : 10am – 10pm
Off days : For the time being, they are opened 7 days a week.
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Pasta House