I mentioned before that since Lips is newly single, we've got a lot more opportunities to meet up. She's quite a foodie as well, and loves her food so eating with her is such a joy. I generally try to avoid eating with people who diet obsessively, it's very annoying when my dinner companion is staring ravenously at my full plate but insisting that he/she is not hungry and picks at his/her salad. As per normal procedure, I ditched the BF for a girls' night out to facilitate an uninterrupted girls-only dinner.
We went to Pasta Brava for its unpretentious, homely atmosphere and rustic homestyled Italian food. I love the service here, the wait staff and manager are so warm and friendly, they immediately make you feel like you're right in the home of a close Italian friend. Their regular check-ins of "how's the food" were so non-intrusive and sweet, I almost feel bad giving some of their dishes a negative review.
Lips wasn't very hungry, so we shared the 3 starters and 2 mains (okay, we packed the risotto back for the BF to eat, so technically, we only had 3 starters and 1 main). My favourite starter was the Funghi Trifolati Alla Romana ($15), portobello mushrooms sautéed with olive oil, garlic and parsley. The only downside to this dish was that I spent most of the time scrapping parsley off the mushrooms, which was no mean feat in the dimly-lit restaurant.
The second favourite starter was the Capesante Alla Cardinale Gratinato ($18), sautéed scallops, flavored with white wine, béchamel sauce and oven glazed. The scallops were succulent and juicy, but some of the scallops were sad and tiny.
The cheese-based sauce of the gratinated scallops was so good that we used the warm and fluffy Bread to wipe up every last drop of the luscious sauce.
The Calamari Fritti Con Salsa Alla Diavola ($15), golden fried crispy squid rings, served with spicy tomato sauce was pretty good. The squid was done just right, tender without the yucky rubbery texture of overcooked shellfish.
The Italian version of Chinese wantons, Ravioli Con Carne Di Manzo Al Gorgonzola ($21), homemade ravioli filled with minced beef served with a light gorgonzola cheese sauce, was delightfully light and palatable. We finished this in minutes.
The Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini ($23), with porcini mushroom, white wine and parmesan cheese was disappointingly bad. This was dry and bland. To top it off, there was parsley (which I hate) sprinkled ALL over the dish.
11 Craig Road
Tel: 6227 7550
Open daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and 6.30pm to 10.30pm for dinner, Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays