I don’t know how the Les Amis Group does it, but every new concept they gift to Singaporeans is almost a no-fail course to our bellies. Their latest expansion sees LINO restaurant create a sister brand, LINO Pasta Bar, that focuses on a concise menu of highly-curated pasta dishes.
Housed at centrally-located Shaw Centre, I managed to snag myself a table just before the bountiful lunch crowd.
They offer an affordable three-course Set Lunch menu for only S$22++ that comprises of an appetiser, main, and a dessert. However, choosing to go for the a la carte menu won’t break the bank either.
Very rare do I come across a caesar salad that really hits the spot for me. LINO Pasta Bar’s Caesar Salad, Poached Egg, Pancetta Chips, Anchovy Dressing (S$8) was surprisingly an instant win, given that I could enjoy the crunch of lettuce and croutons, the softness of the boiled egg, as well as relish the mild pungency of parmesan and the salty anchovy dressing.
Most similar salads end up prematurely soggy, complete with a shallow reservoir of dressing pooling at the bottom of the bowl.
If it’s a terribly balmy day out, the Cold Angel Hair Pasta With Yuzu, Salted Seaweed And Ikura (S$18) will help ease your discomfort. It was bright and zesty, with enough umami to have me wolf this portion (which happens to be a half-portion so that I could stomach more pasta) down in less than three minutes.
The salted seaweed was as much aromatic as it was a seasoning, and I excitedly anticipated the other pasta dishes to come.
Never having tried any version of cacio e pepe (a modern Roman dish, which translates to ‘cheese and pepper’) before, their Mafalde Cacio E Pepe, Fried Egg (S$15) was a novelty to me. The